US aid use.
"Many people will be unaware that Egypt has received foreign aid from the US government since 1979 which has been used to improve communications and the actual infrastructure of the country. " :drum:
I stopped reading there
Believe it or not this is true, or at least someone was providing the money for infrastructure improvements. I came to Alex in 1983, my husband arrived earlier in 1979. The vast majority of our Expat friends were involved in some kind of aid sponsored work, from water treatment plants, sewage pipelines, pumping stations and treatment, agriculture and fisheries to name a few.
I was friends with some of the people talking about rebuilding the Alexandria library, which I believe was an international project, it was going to be anyway.
Sewage regularly flooded into the streets when it rained heavily, by the time I left in 1992 this had stopped, due to the wonderful new sewage system.
Roads across the desert were just that, desert roads, potholes bumps and all, not these beautiful dual carriage ways we have now. Don't know whose money paid for those though.
Telephones only phoned within the city, most people who wanted to phone international, or even Cairo, had to book the call in advance. We had an international line at home, but it was very unusual, and only installed for work.