Beheira’s new governor was born in the 1940s and she was graduated in Alexandria
University, department of chemical engineering, in 1968.
She was referred to
as the "Iron Woman" due to her diligence and persistence facing work challenges
in a male-dominant society and her strict leadership with abidance to the law to
fulfill work duties based on her belief that "there is no time to waste in
Abdou served as chairwoman of a state-run water supply company in Alexandria
for a decade and she is a member of the France-based General Assembly of the
World Water Council (WWC) and the Jordan-based Arab Countries Water Utilities
Association (ACWUA). Hence, the lady governor has ambitious plans to carry out a
national project to solve Beheira’s water problems as one of her priorities.
"There is a lot of hard work to do to finish ongoing service projects,
particularly those in the fields of drinking water and sanitation, besides the
establishment of schools, hospitals and industrial and investment regions in
Beheira province," the governor pointed out.
As for attracting local and foreign investments, Abdou said she is working on
a number of mega projects that would contribute to enhancing development,
providing job opportunities and increasing the national income.
"We have several promising industrial zones in Beheira such as those of the
districts of Housh Eissa, Wady al-Natroun, Rosetta and Edko where large
investments have been pumped to provide them with services and infrastructures
to attract local and foreign investments," she said.
With regards to cooperation with China, the governor said that it has
flourished over the past few years, particularly after the upgrade of the two
countries’ bilateral relations to the level of comprehensive strategic
"Beheira province, with the partnership of Egyptian state-run Al-Ahram
Foundation, has activated this cooperation by signing a protocol of cooperation
with a large Chinese firm to establish the largest paper factory in the Middle
East region by using rice straw," Abdou illustrated.
The governor detailed that the paper factory is planned to be established in
the industrial zone of Rosetta city on a 128-acre area of land with an estimate
investment of 1.25 billion Egyptian pounds (about 77 million U.S. dollars).
"This paper factory to be established in cooperation with China is expected
to provide some 350 direct and more than 1,000 indirect job opportunities, and
it will save Egypt about one billion dollars that were annually used for paper
imports," the governor said.
Abdou added that another Chinese investor in the field of fodder industry has
already received the land for the establishment of his project at Housh Eissa’s
industrial area, noting the factory is currently under construction and it will
start production in a few months.