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By Tom Burridge
Cairo (AFP) – The United Nations is waiting for the details of the funding request from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ahead of an appeal for more time to meet an October deadline.
Sissi pledged early this year to raise $100 million of that pledged, as part of his bid for political freedom, but an international aid agency warned on Tuesday that Egypt would not meet this deadline.
“We’re working with the Egyptian government and we are going to find ways to meet the October deadline,” UN deputy spokesman Martin Nesirky told a news conference in Geneva.
“The funding is still in the pipeline. The funds are part of the UN’s regular request, so we’re waiting.”
Sissi has raised some $120 million over the past five years to invest in a series of economic initiatives, including a proposed $20 billion budget to promote growth and revive the industry, and a planned $20 billion stimulus package to tackle economic uncertainty and social conflict.
The money would be transferred to Egypt’s government by the end of this year, according to Nesirky.
UN aid chief Valerie Amos has told the UN Security Council that El-Sissi’s call for further funding is premature.
“We’ve been working on this issue since 2009,” she said in a written statement, while stressing that the Egyptian government had been meeting its obligations.
“We are still working out a way of reaching the October deadline… but now we’re ready to move ahead with meeting the October deadline.”
Nesirky said the government would raise the money as a matter of urgency, if not to break a month-long deadline set by UN authorities to address the country’s funding issues.
“At this stage, we don’t think there is a time window that is adequate to fully respond to this demand,” Nesirky said, although he admitted that Cairo was still “concerned” that El-Sissi had not met his commitment to raise all funds by the end of October.
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“We are still conc바카라erned about the Egyptian government’s lack of the commitment to meet the October deadline,” Amos said, adding that Egypt still had significant obstacles to overcome.
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