Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced Wednesday that all government offices in Cairo will be vacated upon relocation to the New Administrative Capital.
His announcement came during an Egyptian cabinet video conference meeting held to follow up on the New Administrative Capital’s development, and ongoing preparations for the relocation.
Madbouly added that the few state servants that remain in Cairo will be provided with alternative places that are smaller in size, and no workers will be allowed to remain in the main offices.
The Prime Minister also stressed the need to expedite all preparations related to digital transformation, as this is the main focus of the employee transfer.
He explained that work in the new government institutions will not longer be done on paper, with all business and correspondences between government agencies to be performed electronically.
Roughly 60,000 government employees will be relocated to the New Administrative Capital after receiving training on various technological methods.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi back in April moved to delay plans to relocate the state apparatus to the New Administrative Capital until 2021.
An Egyptian presidency statement at the time confirmed these delays are a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak and the measures to contain it locally and globally.
Egypt’s government launched the project of the Administrative Capital east of Cairo at the cost of $45 billion, in March 2015.
It is expected to be built over seven years.
The infrastructure for the first stage of the New Administrative Capital costs LE130 billion was finalized by mid-2019.
The government sector will include 36 buildings. One will be for the parliament, one for the cabinet and 34 for different ministries.
The first stage will cost LE30 billion, excluding infrastructure.