Khaled Abdul Ghani, the project director for the fuel subsidy cards at e-Finance told Egypt Oil & Gas that 50,000 new subscribers were registered prior to the actual application of fuel stations in the governorates, scheduled for May, in line with the government plan to insure that subsidized fuel reaches those eligible, the low-income groups.

Abdul Ghani clarified that the smart cards system is ready to be universalized with the second phase for subsidized gasoline and diesel distribution to citizens at fuel stations nationwide, after recording 6.2m citizens who are in fact eligible, in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Ministers. With the implementation of the second phase will put an end to the fuel crises once and for all and counter black market dealers, he said.