Mubarak's address on domestic policy to Parliament, Shura Council
Egypt, Politics, 11/13/1999
President Hosni Mubarak today delivered an inaugural speech marking the opening of the new Parliamentary session.
Addressing the joint meeting of the People's Assembly and Shura Council, Mubarak focused on political, economic and social issues concerning the masses and mapped out the guidelines for the next stage and identified the programs to be carried out by the legislative and executive authorities.
The president also revealed the plan of action by which the People's Assembly, Shura (Consultative) Council and the government will abide.
He stressed the necessity of maintaining stability with the presence of strong armed forces.
He voiced hope that the new government manages to perform its task and carry out its program of action as scheduled.
Mubarak said that he is confident that the representatives of the people will exert all efforts for maintaining the interests of the people in their last term.
"Noting that the supervision of the People's Assembly over the work of the government guarantees its serious and genuine performance of the assigned tasks," President Mubarak said that the aim of the two institutions is the same and as such they should coordinate their attitudes.
The president said that he expects the new session of the People's Assembly and Shura Council to be a domain for exerting utmost efforts for discussing issues of national action and finding out serious solutions for these issues within the framework of available potentialities.
He noted that the People's Assembly kept in pace with international developments and consequently contributed genuinely to the economic transformation and luring investments for the interest of development and the realization of justice among the various brackets of the society.
"The state of institutions should guarantee the march of national action within the framework of firm principles, clear-cut laws and steady action," he added.
Noting that since his assumption of responsibility he worked for maintaining the concept of the state of institutions as a firm tradition for the coming generations, President Mubarak stressed that Egypt is adopting a comprehensive program of national action.
He said that he demanded the government to define specific executive plans of action in accordance with priorities, stressing the necessity of cooperation between the government and the People's Assembly to achieve this goal.
The President stressed the need for safeguarding the rights of labor and limited-income brackets of the people within the framework of maintaining national peace.
He called for a swift action to tackle what he termed as the weak points of Egypt's productive machinery as well as for a massive and wide scale inventory of Egyptian products which could be rendered competitive on the international markets.
President Mubarak demanded the People's Assembly to adopt legislatures to facilitate and consolidate exports and called upon the government to work for promoting the quality of national production.
He also stressed the necessity of promoting the efficiency of Egyptian sea ports in order to achieve a remarkable shift in the service of Egyptian exports.
The President said that the other challenge facing Egypt is controlling the performance of economy "after 18 years of strenuous negotiations with international institutions and steady efforts at the internal level"
He asked the government to strike a balance between revenues and expenditures and rationalize expenditures.
He also stressed the importance of having the gains of the economic reform reach all brackets of the people, particularly limited-income people and the youth.
Mubarak said that setting up the Arab free trade zone serves as the first step on the road of launching the Arab Common Market. Egypt, he said, is working for promoting cooperation and interaction with the African sister states which have identical interests to those of Egypt.
"Therefore, we back in principle the call for activating cooperation and exchange among the African economic blocs existing in the various geographical regions," said the president
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