Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Tuesday in light of Labour Day celebrations that the government will halt its privatisation policy and will not sell any more public companies. “There will be no more selling of the public sector,” Morsi told workers in Helwan in a telvised speech on Tuesday.Egypt undertook its privatisation programme in 1991 under ousted president Hosni Mubarak. After his overthrow, the privatisation plans were brought to a standstill.
The privatisation programme was accused of creating monopolies, corruption and increasing prices. Courts have annulled several sales of public companies. Morsi stressed that there are no alternatives to modernization and development of the public sector and boosting its efficiency. “Our plans target not only maintaining workers' jobs, but also providing thousands of job opportunities within three years.”He added that his government aims to develop the iron and steel industry and double its capacity. Morsi pointed to the role of the late President Gamal AbdelNasser  in building the industrial complex and establishing a national strategic industry. “We have to produce our own food, medicine and weapons,” he said, urging the workers to increase their productivity during his visit to the Iron and Steel Complex in Helwan.