The Egyptian government is studying a birth control program, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with the chief editors of the leading Egyptian media.
"The government is beginning to study programs, research and laws to control population growth, after the number of births annually (in Egypt - ed.) Reached 2,5 million people," the Egyptian president said, RIA Novosti reported. According to As-Sisi, this "rate of population growth was three times higher than in China."
In turn, the Prime Minister of Egypt, Sherif Ismail, urged Egyptian families to confine themselves to the birth of two children in order to overcome the economic crisis.
According to the Prime Minister, one of the main problems that the country faced after the "25 revolution of January" (mass protests of the population in 2011, which led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak), was the growth of the population with limited availability of agricultural land.
This "badly affects the country's budget, increasing the share of imports to cover food needs," the prime minister stressed.
Meanwhile, the expert of the Egyptian National Council on Population Issues Tariq Taufik noted that the number of Egyptian residents may amount to 2030 140 million people.
According to the Central Mobilization Agency of Egypt, the country's population is 93 million people. The population of this Arab republic has increased twofold since 1984, and threefold since 1966. According to the Minister of Social Solidarity of Egypt Gada Wali, "up to 26% of Egyptians live below the poverty line."