Regional Development Evaluation Assessment Case Study of the New Suez Canal Role in Regional Developing
Regional Development as any other field of planning procedures needs a well-established evaluation assessment. The importance of evaluation assessment is as significant as strategy formulation because it spots light on the efficiency and effectiveness of the comprehensive plans in attaining the anticipated outcomes. It can also assess the suitability of the current processes and methods and acclimatize them to keep up with socio-economic, political and technological innovations of our dynamic world. Another aspect of the significance of regional development evaluation lies in its capability to synchronize the task performed by executive managers, working groups, divisions and subdivisions etc., through controlling of performance. Moreover, it helps in developing inputs for new strategic planning, enhance feedback process, review strategic management process and judging the validity of strategic choices. In August 2015, Egyptian Government announced its new regional development strategy to develop Sinai Peninsula based on the establishment of the economic zone of the New Suez Canal. The economic free zone of Suez Canal is expected to change the nature of the whole region socially, economically and also on the urban planning level as what Jebel Ali Port of Dubai did. The Egyptian new development plan comprises a strategy aims to establish new factories, logistic services areas, fisheries, agricultural lands reclamation and formation of new urban communities. The impact of such a development ¬¬needs to be pre-assessed on the planning level to estimate the degree of success or failure that could be attained by the end of strategy time frame on 2052. This paper is exploring the impact of such a strategy on the area through conducting SOWT analysis followed by a proposed framework capable of determining –quantitatively- the degree of the mentioned strategy in fulfilling the targeted aims.