CAIRO, Egypt, October 22, 2014 - In the framework of Lafarge's global ambition of ‘Building Better Cities,' Lafarge Egypt has launched a series of informative roundtable discussions entitled ‘Building Egypt 2030', in cooperation with MEED, the Middle East's leading business publication. On November 3, 2014 Lafarge Egypt will host the second roundtable discussion of the series which will focus on transportation and infrastructure in Egypt.
One of the biggest challenges Egypt is currently facing is the need for improved transport infrastructure and public transportation options. Millions of Cairo's inhabitants make their way across the city each day to and from work adding to the wear and tear of existing roads and causing traffic congestion, which are hardly avoidable.
This second roundtable session will examine the current state of transport and infrastructure including utilities like power and water, the effects of infrastructure and transport on economic growth, investment projects and procurement solutions such as public-private partnerships to support the sectors. Key speakers and attendees at the forum will include representatives from public offices, as well as members of the private sector and key international figures.
"Living standards are measured by an individuals' access to basic needs like water and electricity as well as their ability to move and transport goods in a safe and timely manner," said Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "When someone is unable to take on work in another area of a city due to the complexities of coming and going each day or an office is temporarily paralyzed by energy shortages, this infringes on not only the capacity of that individual but also limits the potential of the entire economy. The fast pace of growth seen in Egypt over the last fifty years has created major gaps in basic infrastructure and transport needs which must be resolved. This next forum will provide a platform for discussion between public and private stakeholders with hopes of bringing to life solutions for building Egypt for 2030."
The Lafarge roundtable discussion series will take place each month on a different topic related to Building Egypt 2030. The first session, which took place in September, focused on the social housing needs in Egypt and was attended by H.E. Dr. Laila Eskandar, Minister of Urban Development and Planning. More information about the discussions can be found by visiting www.lafarge.com.eg.
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