Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El Said conferred on Friday with Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD) Sherifa El-Sherif to follow up on the status of implementing a plan for the National Governance Index.

In press statements, the minister said that the National Governance Index represents a self-diagnostic tool that monitors the reality of efforts made to strengthen governance, and how to improve it.

It also represents a basis through which the government can measure its performance in implementing development programs related to governance, added the minister.

On the objectives of the index, the minister pointed out that the index works also to identify strengths and weaknesses in Egypt’s performance and making recommendations, which will contribute to improving Egypt’s position in the index and other international indicators.

El Said said that the National Governance Index aims to monitor the national performance in governance and prepare an annual report in this regard in addition to the various fields of sustainable development at the economic, environmental and social levels.

Concerning the importance of establishing a national governance index, El-Sherif indicated that it consists in monitoring Egypt’s performance in various areas of governance, in addition to disseminating national policies and achievements in the areas of sustainable development, as well as improving performance, spreading societal awareness, and improving good governance practices.

Moreover, the establishment of the national governance index is highlighting efforts to be reflected in the international and regional indicators to classify Egypt, and identifying the strengths and weaknesses in Egypt’s performance, and coming up with recommendations, which will contribute to improving Egypt’s position in the index and other international indicators, El Sherif explained.

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