Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali met with visiting World Bank delegation, headed by Gustavo Demarco, to discuss ways of boosting cooperation between the ministry and the bank in social protection programs and the progress of conditional cash support program (Takaful and Karama).
Both sides also discussed the application of conditionality in the education and health sectors during the coming period, the review mechanisms of beneficiaries and the consideration of grievances in the program, in addition to holding a joint conference in October to present the achievements on the program and shedding light on the strategy of work during the coming period.
In press statements, Wali underlined that the ministry attaches great importance to the program on employment, explaining that the program was part of social protection programs aimed at economic empowerment and social protection through work.
The minister underscored that work and creating sources of income for the most needy is the only way to provide real social protection during the coming period, noting that the ministry announced 70,000 jobs in the past weeks.
The meeting tackled the steps taken to implement the program to reduce population growth (2 Kefaya). The minister explained that the program started by developing 42 health clinics out of a total of 75 clinics to be developed during the first phase of the program, which covers 10 governorates.
She pointed out that a protocol of cooperation was signed with 100 NGOs in these governorates, as awareness seminars have already begun to inform the public about the increase in population issue.
The minister said her ministry is preparing to sign a protocol of cooperation with the Ministry of Health in the coming days, aimed at establishing coordination between the two ministries in terms of work on family planning programs.