UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Egypt's Population Soars to 57 Million--But Growth Slows Egypt's influential daily newspaper, Al-Ahram, recently cited National Population Council statistics indicating that Egypt's population had reached 57.8 million on 1 January 1992, including 2.5 million expatriates. Dr. Maher Mahran, the Council's chairman, said the total is expected to jump to 67 million by the year 2000 and hit the 70 million mark in the next ten years. Mahran pointed out that the Government has been sounding warnings about the consequences of rapid population growth and established the National Population Council to deal with the problem. He took comfort in the fact that the pace of the population explosion has shown signs of slowing down during the past few years. "We have placed our feet on the right path and this should give rise to relative optimism," Mahran said. He said that in 1987 the population of Egypt increased by one million every seven months but the increase in 1989 had slowed down to one million every nine months. The annual increase was 1.7 million in 1988 but dropped to 1.4 million in 1989 and to 1.3 million in 1990. The annual rate of increase was 2.4 per cent. Mahran ascribed the relative decline in population growth to the spread of family planning services.