Daily News Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 24 May 2018 15:53:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 North Korea destroys nuclear test site, threatens to call off US summit https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/north-korea-destroys-nuclear-test-site-threatens-to-call-off-us-summit/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/north-korea-destroys-nuclear-test-site-threatens-to-call-off-us-summit/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 15:53:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660509 North Korea sets off a series of explosions to demolish its nuclear test site in presence of world media

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North Korea claimed on Thursday that it demolished its nuclear test site, the Punggye-ri, through setting off a series of explosions in the presence of foreign journalists to witness what was previously announced carried out ahead of the US summit.

The series of blasts were carried out over several hours set deep in the mountains of the north’s sparsely populated northeast. North Korea previously said that it would begin dismantling its nuclear test site between 23-25 May, including holding a ceremony in which foreign journalists are invited. However, it said it will delay it due to bad weather.

Earlier on Thursday, Pyongyang said that it would reconsider participating in the historic summit with the US President Donald Trump in June, calling remarks released by US Vice President Mike Pence on North Korea and Libya “ignorant and stupid.”

The warnings issued by the Vice North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui about remarks Pence made in an interview with FOX News on Monday. He said that North Korea could end up like Muammar El-Qaddafi’s Libya, the former Libyan leader who fell and got killed in 2011, if Pyongyang does not commit to denuclearization. He further warned North Koreans of making a “mistake” to “play”  Trump.

It is not the first time US officials’ remarks angered North Korea.

Last week, Pyongyang accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of making “reckless” remarks when he said on 13 May that the US kept the “Libya model” of denuclearisation in mind ahead of its meeting with North Korea.

Bolton was also referring to El-Qaddafi who agreed to give up his nuclear weapons in 2003 in exchange for the US relaxing sanctions on the North African country.

Meanwhile, Trump did cast doubt again on Wednesday holding the foreseen meeting with Kim, saying “we’ll know next week” if the summit will take place as it is scheduled on 12 June, a day after he noted that there is “substantial chance” that the summit with Kim may be delayed.

The foreseen summit is scheduled to take place on 12 June in Singapore; it follows another significant meeting held between North and South Korean leaders last month.

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CAPMAS, Investment Ministry create a survey on newly founded firms https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/capmas-investment-ministry-create-a-survey-on-newly-founded-firms/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/capmas-investment-ministry-create-a-survey-on-newly-founded-firms/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 15:52:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660513 Egypt’s minister of investment and international cooperation, Sahar Nasr, signed a protocol with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)’s chairperson, Khairat Barakat, to create a survey on the newly founded firms to figure out their problems and to simplify governmental procedures, according to a Thursday ministerial press statement. Nasr said that new protocol with …

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Egypt’s minister of investment and international cooperation, Sahar Nasr, signed a protocol with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)’s chairperson, Khairat Barakat, to create a survey on the newly founded firms to figure out their problems and to simplify governmental procedures, according to a Thursday ministerial press statement.

Nasr said that new protocol with the CAPMAS follows President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s directives to facilitate procedures for investors, solve all their problems through following the newly founded firms situation, and take suitable decisions to enhance Egypt’s business climate.

Furthermore, she noted that the new protocol coincides with the ministry’s exerted efforts to provide an attractive environment for local and foreign investors as well.

 

Nasr added that investments are very important to enhance people’s standards of living and decline unemployment indicator, noting that investments benefit developing infrastructure and supports development projects.

She said that creating the new survey will help her ministry to identify the problems that face new investors and remove expected obstructions, adding, “we will provide needed funding for the new survey as well as companies’ data and information, which were founded through investors’ centres.”

The minister praised the CAPMAS’s role as an international pioneering agency specialized in mobilizing data, noting that the ministry’s team will participate in following up on activities, results of the survey, and quality control programmes in all phases of the field work.

 

Meanwhile, the CAPMAS’s chairperson said that his agency will be conducting the survey’s field work, including 18,700 companies that were established at the investor’s services’ centres from January 2017 to December 2017.

 

“The CAPMAS will provide researchers and will cooperate with the Investment Ministry to prepare a team and train persons on how they can deal with a survey’s form and adoption of the methodology of the survey,” said Barakat.

The chairperson noted that the main goal of the protocol signing is to mull the problems and challenges newly founded companies face, in order to develop plans that do meet the challenges.

He stressed that his agency employs highest level of experienced researchers and quality control staff, which will help extensively in yielding high level outcomes.

 

Barakat mentioned that his agency is the official body for statistics and census under law 35 of 1960.

He also noted that one of the most important objectives of the agency is to complete the unified and comprehensive statistical work system, in order to stay informed about all developments happening in different aspects of life and to develop a comprehensive information system that assists in planning, evaluation, policy, and decision-making in all areas of development.

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Saad Al-Hariri wins majority, becomes PM for third time https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/saad-al-hariri-wins-majority-becomes-pm-for-third-time/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/saad-al-hariri-wins-majority-becomes-pm-for-third-time/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 15:48:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660508 Parliamentarians nominate Al-Hariri during consultations with President Aoun

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More than half of Lebanon’s members of parliament nominated the Sunni politician Saad Al-Hariri to become the country prime minster for the third time designated by President Michel Aoun, in an expected move following a parliamentary election held earlier this month, according to Al-Jadeed TV.

Al-Hariri was widely expected to win the position, as the Lebanese sectarian power-sharing system requires the prime minister to be a Sunni Muslim politician.

Meanwhile, parliamentarians overwhelmingly re-elected on Wednesday Hezbollah’s ally, the Shiite politician, Nabih Berri, as the parliament’s speaker, while Elie Ferzli, who is another ally to Hezbollah got elected as the deputy speaker.

Last year, a crisis erupted in Lebanon after Al-Hariri surprisingly resigned from office while in Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional foe, saying that he feared for his life and accused Tehran of sowing “fear and destruction” in several countries, including Lebanon.

Al-Hariri’s resignation raised the speculation that he had been forced to make the announcement by Saudi Arabia, especially after some Lebanese politicians accused Riyadh of “holding” him as a hostage.

Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in almost a decade, kicked off earlier in May, with Shiite Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its political allies, the Saudi-backed Future Movement, two Christian parties, and other religious sects competed and ran for the 128 seats in the Lebanese parliament.

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Liverpool to clash with Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League final https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/liverpool-to-clash-with-real-madrid-in-uefa-champions-league-final/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/liverpool-to-clash-with-real-madrid-in-uefa-champions-league-final/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 11:00:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660501 Arab fans will sympathise with Reds in support of Salah, Real Madrid eyes historic achievement

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Real Madrid are set to face Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. Despite the great popularity of the Spanish team in the Middle East, the presence of the legendary winger Mohamed Salah on the English side has gained the Reds great sympathy among Arab fans, particularly Egyptians.

Everyone anticipates an exciting clash between Liverpool’s star Salah and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, as the two players have presented a stunning season with their clubs in both local and continental competitions. The winning of the UEFA Champions League title will enhance the chances of one of them winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, presented annually to the world’s best male football player.

Real Madrid aims to make history through winning their third consecutive UEFA Champions League title and the fourth in the last five years. Meanwhile, Liverpool hope to recover their former glory as they failed to win the title in the last 13 years.

Spanish and English media have nominated Salah and Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or award after their impressive performance in all competitions this season. Salah has won a total of 35 individual awards in his debut season with Liverpool. Ronaldo is always a major nominee for European and international awards.

On the other hand, Salah and Ronaldo will lead the Egyptian and Portuguese national teams, holding their fans’ dreams to go far in the FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia in June.

In the final draw of the 2018 World Cup held last December in Moscow, the Portuguese national football team was placed in Group B along with Spain, Morocco, and Iran, while Egypt will face Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Uruguay in Group A. Egypt and Portugal are predicted to qualify to the Round of 16 of the tournament.

The fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid have great hopes that their stars Salah and Ronaldo can save the season with the precious European title after both teams failed to win any of the local tournaments.

Salah is the Liverpool player with the highest marketing value, up to €80m, according to Transfermarkt, while Ronaldo’s marketing value reached €120m, the highest among Real Madrid’s players.

The UEFA Champions League has long witnessed impressive records achieved by great coaches and players.
Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti holds the record of winning the UEFA Champions League thrice (twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid) and reaching four of the competition’s finals. He is one of only two managers to have won the UEFA European Cup three times, alongside legendary Liverpool coach Bob Paisely.

Seven coaches have won the Champions League as players then later as managers, four of them with the same club: Miguel Muñoz with Real Madrid, Ancelotti with Milan, Pep Guardiola with Barcelona, Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid, Giovanni Trapattoni as a player with AC Milan and as a manager with Juventus, Johan Cruyff with Ajax as a player and with Barcelona as a manager, and Frank Rijkaard with Milan and Ajax as a player and as a manager with Barcelona.

Real Madrid also holds the record of most consecutive final appearances in the Champions League, five, from 1956 to 1960.

Only five managers have won the European title with two different clubs: Ernst Happel with Feyenoord in 1970 and Hamburg in 1983, Ottmar Hitzfeld with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and Bayern Munich in 2001, José Mourinho with Porto in 2004 and Internazionale in 2010, Jupp Heynckes with Real Madrid in 1998 and Bayern Munich in 2013, and Carlo Ancelotti with Milan in 2003 and 2007, and Real Madrid in 2014.

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Heritage Ramadan nights back at Conrad’s https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/heritage-ramadan-nights-back-at-conrads/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/heritage-ramadan-nights-back-at-conrads/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:47 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660497 People spending their day fasting and their nights gathering is the main theme of Ramadan in Egypt, and finding the best place to hang out and have suhoor is always an ongoing struggle amongst people who want to combine fanciness with heritage at the same time. Conrad Cairo decided to combine Cairo’s significant tradition with …

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People spending their day fasting and their nights gathering is the main theme of Ramadan in Egypt, and finding the best place to hang out and have suhoor is always an ongoing struggle amongst people who want to combine fanciness with heritage at the same time.

Conrad Cairo decided to combine Cairo’s significant tradition with the extravagance of the high-end hotel.

In Ramadan, the hotel aims to revive the nights of Cairo in the past by bringing back the things Egyptians loved the most in the past at Jayda Nile Terrac.

In an open-air area overlooking the mesmerising scene of the Nile, with Cairo’s refreshing night breeze, Conrad’s Ramadan tent location is one of the best places to spend a suhoor gathering with family and friends.

The place brings you back to the old days, through sweet corn carts, corn on the cob carts, and lupin bean vendors who present the streets of Cairo in the past.

While enjoying the gathering and open buffet, a local band performs live heritage songs by famous icons.

For ladies, a henna artist offers henna tattoos that are drawn in different shapes and sizes upon request.

The open buffet brings different types of food, and one cannot help but find all sorts of satisfying food perfectly made to meet all tastes.

The place also offers special Ramadan menus for large groups searching for a unique iftar or suhoor experience. The meeting and events team can prepare family-style or buffet meals with everyone’s favourite Ramadan flavours and dishes.

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Ramadan in Palestine https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/ramadan-in-palestine/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/ramadan-in-palestine/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 09:00:15 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660481 Palestinian customs, traditions, and special manifestations distinguish the holy month of Ramadan from other times of the year. These customs were transferred along different generations and preserved until today in the character of the Palestinians. This year, the Palestinians are commemorating the Nakba of 1948 and celebrating Ramadan at the same time. Despite ongoing violence …

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Palestinian customs, traditions, and special manifestations distinguish the holy month of Ramadan from other times of the year. These customs were transferred along different generations and preserved until today in the character of the Palestinians. This year, the Palestinians are commemorating the Nakba of 1948 and celebrating Ramadan at the same time.

Despite ongoing violence and the growing Israeli military presence in Palestine, the Palestinians decorated their streets with colourful flags and lights in a cheerful and cooperative atmosphere between young people and children.

The celebrations start before the holy month, especially at the moment of sighting its crescent in Palestine and neighbouring countries.

Since the beginning of fasting, Palestinians start to perform prayers and invocations in mosques. The children take to streets holding different types of lanterns, spreading joy in the neighbourhoods.
Mesaharatis (traditional dawn awakeners) wander in the streets of Palestinian cities and villages, striking their drums and singing special Ramadan songs to awaken Muslims for their suhoor (late night meal) before the day’s fast.

Jerusalem is characterised by special traditions, notably the Ramadan cannon, which fires everyday throughout Ramadan to notify worshipers that it is time to break their fast. The inhabitants of Jerusalem have heard the firing of the cannon during Ramadan for hundreds of years, until it became the city’s legacy. Jerusalem’s cannon is located in the Mujahideen Islamic Cemetery in al-Sahira gate area on Salah al-Din street in the middle of the city.

Other cities, such as Qalqilya, use zamour iftar (siren of fasting) in mosques to notify worshipers of the sunset time to break their fast.

In the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians suffer continuous power outages, and therefore tend to have iftar and spend the night by the sea.
One of the most beautiful habits of the Palestinian people is the family iftar, where children and grandfathers gather to have the fast-breaking meal. Most of the Palestinian families are low-income and large in number, however, their women always manage to prepare many delicious dishes of various types that fill iftar tables.

Palestinian cuisine has many dishes in Ramadan, of which certain types are preferred in certain regions over others. In Gaza, they usually eat maqluba, sumaghiyyeh, and maftoul. In the West Bank, they have musakhan and mansaf. Pickles and salads are always served with Palestinian iftar.

Palestinian Muslims, like many others, break their fast with dates. Qatayef can be the main dessert for Palestinians throughout Ramadan. Other main desserts include harissa and basbousa and cheese kanafah (pastry) which became a symbol of the city of Nablus.

For beverages, the Palestinians prefer special drinks, such as “kharrūb” (carob juice), “qamar al-din” (dried apricot juice), liquorice juice, and hibiscus tea.

In Ramadan, generosity and goodwill increase, social relations improve, and people are, more than any other time, eager to help each other. Palestinians in Ramadan also get invited to join their relatives and friends for iftar. They share food and sweets as a sign of cooperation, love, and charity. One of the famous customs there is “fakdat Ramadan” where families visit their married female members at their houses to have iftar together and bring food, grocery, and desserts. In turn, those women visit their families, accompanied by their husbands and children, so that they could feel the warmness of family gatherings.

Another beautiful custom in Palestine is the women’s keenness to make a schedule of iftar meals throughout the month.

In Ramadan, charity increases as neighbours exchange dishes they made for iftar, while charity banquets are held everywhere, especially by foreign organisations in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa mosque and refugee camps in the Gaza Strip.

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Iconic starlet of feminism remembered https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/iconic-starlet-of-feminism-remembered/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/24/iconic-starlet-of-feminism-remembered/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660387 Although it has been three years since the death of the iconic star Faten Hamama, she is still remembered as an iconic figure of Egyptian cinema, one whose roles addressed every issue encountered by women in Egypt. Women in Egypt and around the world face major challenges; some of them suffer from domestic violence, inequality, …

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Although it has been three years since the death of the iconic star Faten Hamama, she is still remembered as an iconic figure of Egyptian cinema, one whose roles addressed every issue encountered by women in Egypt.

Women in Egypt and around the world face major challenges; some of them suffer from domestic violence, inequality, problems in education, harassment, and other issues presented and discussed in cinema. Hamama was the first to explore these challenges in her roles.

The ultimate Egyptian women’s anniversary memory marks next Sunday, 27 May, in correspondence to her birthday same day in 1931. Daily News Egypt celebrates her anniversary in a alternate way by presenting some of her films, where she shed light on different women’s issues.

Amna deals with honour crimes and sexual exploitation of domestic servants

Hamama embodied the character of a rebellious rural girl called Amna, who rebels against the customs and traditions of Upper Egypt, where she defies women’s oppression, especially in that area of the country, through the film Du’aa Al-Karawan (The Nightingale’s Prayer).

Amna’s sister Hanady was working as a servant for a single irrigation engineer. She falls in love with him, then he promises to marry her, exploiting her sexually.

After becoming pregnant, Hanaday told her mother that she had a sexual relationship with the engineer, then the news reached her uncle, who killed Hanady in front of her sister Amna.

Amna wanted revenge for her sister from the engineer so she implemented a plan to obtain her sister’s right.

Through the film, Hamama touched the issue of the sexual exploitation of domestic servants in depth.

The film dealt with the issue of society’s injustice towards women, in matters of honour, and how females become the only culprit who may be punished, even by losing their lives at times, while no one judges or punishes men.

The story was inspired by the novel of renowned Arab writer Taha Hussein and the film was ranked sixth among the top 10 films in the history of Egyptian cinema.

It was released in 1959 and directed by Henry Barakat.

Fatma, the female lawyer who calls for equality

Hamama discussed the idea of working women and proving their ability to achieve success through her portrayal of Fatma in the film “Ostaza Fatma” (Professor Fatima).

The film revolves around Fatma and Adel, who studied law together and loved each other. They then both opened their own law firms, but Fatma was not as successful as Adel in the profession because clients did not believe in the ability of women to work as lawyers.

Despite Adel’s lacking faith in Fatma’s abilities as a lawyer, he asked her to defend him after being accused of murder.

Fatma see this as an opportunity to prove herself as a lawyer, capable of winning difficult cases.

Hamama, through this film, dealt with the problem of community’s lack of confidence in female workers in general and in female lawyers in particular.

The heroine proved that women can be as successful as men; in the film, she won the murder case.

Hamama, through her portrayal as Fatma in the movie, called for equality between men and women, and proved that women are able to bear loads and pressure of work, and that they can outperform some of men at work.

The film was released in 1952, directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab, and written by Aly El Zarakany.

Mona reflects challenges facing widows

Hamama took us from problems of female workers to widows’ struggles through her portrayal of Mona in Emberatoriet Meem (Empire M).

Mona reflects the challenges that widowed women face in the middle class, as she strives to be both a father and mother for her children, especially when the children are teenagers.

Mona in the film, works as an executive in the Ministry of Education. She falls in love with a man named Ahmed, who proposes to her. However, she becomes torn between her children’s refusal of her possible new marriage and her love for Ahmed.

Mona reflects the character of a strong woman who bears the hardships of life, but also enjoys life at the same time.

The film dealt with a very important issue, which is women’s deprivation from marrying again because of their children.

Emberatoriet Meem was released in 1972, directed by Hussein Kamal, and written by Ehsan Abd El Kodos.

Hamama took us from the problems that widows face in the middle class to the problems that they face in the lower class through her role in the film “Youm Helw Youm Mor,” (Good Day, Bad Day).

Hamama embodied the character of poor widow Aisha, who struggles to get rid of her debts and provide a better life for herself and her children.

The film was released in 1988, directed by Khairy Beshara, and written by Fayez Ghaly.

Doria called on changing the personal status law

Hamama proved that cinema plays a role in changing society and the law. Her role in the film “Orid Hallan” (I Need A Solution) paved the way to changing the personal status law in Egypt after the film’s screening. Former president Anwar Al-Sadat and his wife Jehan decided to change the personal status law in 1987, making several amendments to the legilsation.

The story of this film revolves around Doria, who works as a translator in a newspaper. She asked for a divorce from her diplomat husband Medhat, but he refused to do so, so she went to court to file a divorce case.

Doria fights the divorce battle between her husband’s tricks and the personal status law.

Hamama, through the character of Doria, reflected the experience of a woman who suffers to get a divorce under the unfair personal status law, and throughout the film, Doria demands that the law treat her equally to men.

The film, released in 1975, was directed and written by Said Marzouk.

Nema presented the issue of forcing girls to marriage to solve the marital burdens

Hamama, through her portrayal of Nemat in “Afwah wa Araneb” (Mouths and Rabbits), reflects women’s fight against poverty, especially when accompanied by a large number of family members.

Nemat in the film worked at a farm to make a living for her family. She was also financially responsible for her sister, her husband, and their children. Her sister then surprises her by saying that her family also wants to get rid of poverty in their own way, through an agreement with an elderly illiterate poultry dealer marrying Nemat.

According to the deal, the marriage will happen if he will in return provide a good life for them and provide employment for other family members. Nemat learned of the agreement by chance when she told her sister that she loved someone.

The film discussed two important issues: the first is forcing girls to marry in order to solve family financial burdens, while the second is the issue of family planning.

The film was produced in 1977, directed by Henry Barakat, and written by Samir Abdul Azim.

 

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El Mostakbal directs EGP 5bn in utilities, services to Mostakbal City https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/el-mostakbal-directs-egp-5bn-in-utilities-services-to-mostakbal-city/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/el-mostakbal-directs-egp-5bn-in-utilities-services-to-mostakbal-city/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:50:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660489 Company to soon begin procedures of establishing specialised service companies to serve city, says chairperson

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El Mostakbal for Urban Development, the master developer of Mostakbal City, is directing EGP 5bn to Mostakbal City for utilities work through mid-2020, according to Essam Nassif, chairperson of the company.

On the sidelines of the company’s community consultation session to present the mechanisms of establishing Mostakbal City, Nassif pointed out that the company has developed an integrated strategy to work on speeding up the completion of the project’s utilities and services to meet the needs of developers, accelerate rates of development, and raise the city’s added value.

Nassif noted that the company has invested approximately EGP 2bn in the city’s main utilities work so far. The company began implementing utilities works in the middle of 2017, while the previous periods witnessed the implementation of earthworks and roads only, which is necessary to complete the implementation of utilities networks.

He pointed out that the company has completed the road network for the first phase of Mostakbal City and is currently working on the third and fourth phases.

With regard to water services, Nassif said the company has paid EGP 1.7bn to the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) for the cost of delivering of water to the city, noting that the company paid the last two instalments ahead of their scheduled times.

He revealed that the company intends to begin soon, in coordination with developers of Mostakbal City, procedures of establishing specialised service companies in many areas, including maintenance, security, hygiene, and sports, in order to maintain the highest level of services for the project.

The company’s consultation session included a group of representatives of projects neighbouring Mostakbal City in eastern Cairo, such as the New Administrative Capital, Madinaty, and Nasr City for Housing and Development, as well as officials from the NUCA, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), development partners in the city, and consultants.

The session aimed to discuss mechanisms of integration between different projects in order to maximise returns and ensure the realisation of the state’s plan for the rapid development of the eastern Cairo area.

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I’m Trainee initiative targets qualifying 5,000 applicants by year-end https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/im-trainee-initiative-targets-qualifying-5000-applicants-by-year-end/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/im-trainee-initiative-targets-qualifying-5000-applicants-by-year-end/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:48:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660485 Initiative targets serving more than 100 companies this year, says founder

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The I’m Trainee initiative targets training and qualifying more than 5,000 trainees by the end of its first year, according to Walid Khalil, founder of the initiative.

Khalil said, “the initiative has more than 2,000 enrolled applications and the numbers are growing by the minute. We are forced to handle applications as waves due to the mass number of applications. We will do our best, serving as much as we could.”

Khalil noted that right now there are about 20 big firms in the fields of pharmaceutical industry, marketing, real estate, pharmacies, and law firms that are served by the initiative.

He said he believes that by the end of current year, the number of companies may reach approximately 100 companies. In addition, the initiative targets expanding geographically in Egypt, as well as other Arab countries.

He elaborated that the advertising company 361 Degrees is the marketing company that most supported the initiative. Through it, I’m Trainee connected with others that were very supportive, such as Auto Samir Rayan, Normandy Pharmacies, Fekra House, RMG Real Estate, and Zoser Pharm, among others.

“The fields with most demand for trainees are graphic design, programming, marketing, and media,” explained Khalil. “The initiative is self-financed by the four co-founders for the time being, and our service is for free. However, in the future, we might accept sponsors.”

I’m Trainee was founded to addresses the gap between the employment market and education. The initiative plays a role in supporting students in gaining such experiences in the fields they love, not the fields they study, also providing the same service for everyone who wants to shift careers and learn more about other fields.

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ElBalto: Healthcare app connecting patients, doctors, caregivers https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/elbalto-healthcare-app-connecting-patients-doctors-caregivers/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/elbalto-healthcare-app-connecting-patients-doctors-caregivers/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:43:09 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660459 ElBalto, a mobile-based platform, was launched by a startup aiming to transform healthcare through connecting patients, doctors, and caregivers. The co-founder and CEO of the company, Mahmoud Abdalla, explained that receiving medical assistance in non-emergency cases often meets unneeded hassles and obstacles, such as traffic jams, doctor cancellations, or no-shows He added that in Egypt’s …

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ElBalto, a mobile-based platform, was launched by a startup aiming to transform healthcare through connecting patients, doctors, and caregivers.

The co-founder and CEO of the company, Mahmoud Abdalla, explained that receiving medical assistance in non-emergency cases often meets unneeded hassles and obstacles, such as traffic jams, doctor cancellations, or no-shows

He added that in Egypt’s case, with more than 98.87m mobile subscribers, ElBalto would allow patients to consult an accredited doctor online using a mobile application and communicate either via voice or video call.

Furthermore, the app would also have an option to request or schedule a home visit. “We make sure to stay as close as possible to our clients, putting their needs and feedback at the heart of our decisions. The services we offer are meant to make their lives easier and more comfortable”, said Abdalla, also adding that ElBalto is making sure to attract the best healthcare professionals out there (doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, and nurse aids), guaranteeing the quality as well as reliability of ElBalto.

On the other hand, Chief Marketing Officer Shahinda Samir explained that given the growing need for accessible, easy, and reliable healthcare,  it will not take long for users to get used to this new way of seeking healthcare.

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EEHC opens bids for operation, maintenance of new capital, Borollos, Beni Suef power plants https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/eehc-opens-bids-for-operation-maintenance-of-new-capital-borollos-beni-suef-power-plants/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/eehc-opens-bids-for-operation-maintenance-of-new-capital-borollos-beni-suef-power-plants/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:36:47 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660476 Doosan, Siemens present lowest offers, while 5 other alliances excluded for high costs

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The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) opened bids for the operation and maintenance of New Administrative Capital, Borollos, and Beni Suef power plants implemented by the German company Siemens.


According to the EEHC, Korea’s Doosan offered the lowest bid, followed by Germany’s Siemens. Other bids were excluded for their high financial offer. The EEHC will choose between the German and Korean companies to sign the project’s contract with.


The bidding alliances included Orascom-ADERA Energy consortium, Elsewedy-EDF consortium, Triangle-GD France consortium, Germany’s STEAG GmbH, and Japan’s Mitsubishi.


An official from the EEHC said that the evaluation of the bids was conducted at the highest degree of transparency and credibility, stressing that Siemens’ participation in the tender does not mean that it would be given preference over other companies or alliances in being responsible for establishing the plants.


He added that the selection of the winning company to carry out the maintenance and operation of the plants is expected within two weeks, while the contracts are set to be signed by the end of next month.


The EEHC had invited four companies to present their technical and financial offers for the operation and maintenance of the three power plants. After studying the offers, the EEHC identified the technical specifications and suitable prices for the maintenance and operation of the power plants.


The EEHC signed contracts with Siemens last year to implement the three combined-cycle power plants with a total capacity of 14,400 MW. Siemens is implementing the three projects through the EPC+Finance scheme, while the EEHC will repay the loan over several years.

Three banks, KfW Development Bank, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank, secured funding for Siemens’ projects in Egypt, amounting to €4.1bn of a total contract value of €6bn. Arab banks secured the remaining funding in Egyptian pounds to pay the Egyptian companies participating in constructions, including Elsewedy Electric and Orascom.

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Parliament’s health committee insists on increasing allocations to EGP 82bn https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/parliaments-health-committee-insists-on-increasing-allocations-to-egp-82bn/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/parliaments-health-committee-insists-on-increasing-allocations-to-egp-82bn/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:30:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660473 Finance Ministry allocates EGP 61.7bn for healthcare sector in coming fiscal year

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Members of parliament’s health committee are insisting on increasing allocations for the sector to EGP 82bn in the coming fiscal year, amid the challenges facing the sector, such as the increased prices and the comprehensive insurance law.

The financial statement issued by the Ministry of Finance showed allocations for the health sector during the next fiscal year worth EGP 61.7bn, up from EGP 54bn this fiscal year.

During a meeting with Health Minister Ahmed Emad El-Din earlier this month, the committee asked to increase allocations by EGP 20.7bn.

According to the Egyptian constitution, 3% of GDP should be allocated annually to the health sector, and the Egyptian GDP is about EGP 4.2tn.

MP Samy Mashad, a member of the health committee, said that allocating EGP 61bn this year is not enough amid the increased demand for subsidised medicine at governmental hospitals.

“We want to develop hospitals and services for patients, not just increase wages next year,” he said.

MP Haitham Al-Hariri, also a member of the committee, said that the allocated amount, when calculating inflation, is still low and below the 3% rate stipulated by the constitution.

He added that the government promised to apply the comprehensive healthcare insurance law in five governorates in the coming fiscal year and in all of Egypt within 15 years, which requires increasing allocations to enable the activation of the law within eight years.

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Egypt signs new grant agreement with Spain supporting NCJS https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/egypt-signs-new-grant-agreement-with-spain-supporting-ncjs/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/egypt-signs-new-grant-agreement-with-spain-supporting-ncjs/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:21:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660470 Next period will witness new bilateral cooperation at railways and water desalination plants: Nasr

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Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed on Wednesday the third phase of a grant agreement with Spain’s Ambassador to Egypt Arturo Avello Diez del Corral for supporting the National Centre for Judicial Studies (NCJS) project.

The new Spanish grant agreement is estimated at EGP 150,000, while the previous phases were worth EGP 600,000. Omar Hafiz, deputy minister of justice, attended the signing ceremony.

Nasr emphasised that her ministry pays attention to supporting the Justice Ministry, especially in fighting corruption, noting that the Spanish grant aims to share experience and build capacity in the field of justice, in which Spain is enjoying remarkable experiences such as gender equality and fighting corruption, money laundering, bribery, and electronic crimes.

The minister clarified that the NCJS was already benefited by two phases of the project through courses and trainings.

Nasr said that the courses were specialised in bankruptcy cases, compensation, rent, family, resumed appeals, international humanitarian law, violence against women and family crimes, anti-corruption, and illegal migration, among other areas.

She stressed that the scholarship activities include organising study visits to Spain to learn about their experiences in combating corruption, money laundering, bribery, cybercrimes, and other related activities.

Nasr praised the cooperation with Spain, adding that a number of grant agreements have been signed between both sides to support local entities including the Ministry of Interior, the NCJS, and the Ministry of Health.

Nasr mentioned that the next period will witness new bilateral cooperation on railways and water desalination plants, as Spain has competitive advantages in those areas.

The Spanish ambassador stressed his country’s keenness on supporting Egypt in various fields, especially economically.

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Public sector debt reaches EGP 45bn: Khalid Badawi https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/public-sector-debt-reaches-egp-45bn-khalid-badawi/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/public-sector-debt-reaches-egp-45bn-khalid-badawi/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:13:52 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660466 Minister of Public Enterprise Sector Khalid Badawi said that the total debt of public sector companies to all parties amounts to EGP 45bn, including debt to the National Investment Bank amounting to EGP 21bn. Badawi, at a suhoor event on Wednesday, said that the public sector’s total debts to electricity and gas companies amounted to …

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Minister of Public Enterprise Sector Khalid Badawi said that the total debt of public sector companies to all parties amounts to EGP 45bn, including debt to the National Investment Bank amounting to EGP 21bn.

Badawi, at a suhoor event on Wednesday, said that the public sector’s total debts to electricity and gas companies amounted to about EGP 15bn, pointing out that it will be paid three to five years, after paying a down payment of 25% for electricity and 10% for gas.

Part of the settlements could be waived for shares in the indebted public companies or some of their assets.

Badawi explained that the government IPO programme will start next month.

In March, the government announced a list of 10 companies that will have additional shares listed, with 15-20% of each of the companies to be listed over the next 24 to 30 months. The cumulative value of the listings is expected to rise to EGP 80bn, raising the collective market capitalisation to EGP 450bn

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Khedivial Marine Logistics acquires AAL’s shipping agency in Egyptian ports https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/khedivial-marine-logistics-acquires-aals-shipping-agency-in-egyptian-ports/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/khedivial-marine-logistics-acquires-aals-shipping-agency-in-egyptian-ports/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:10:05 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660462 Khedivial Marine Logistics (KML) acquired on Wednesday the shipping agency Austral Asia Line (AAL)’s operations in all Egyptian ports. Mohamed Al-Dahshan, chairperson and founder of KML, said the new acquisition came as part of the company’s expansion plan. The company transports general and heavy cargo via 24 vessels from the Far East (India, China, Japan, …

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Khedivial Marine Logistics (KML) acquired on Wednesday the shipping agency Austral Asia Line (AAL)’s operations in all Egyptian ports.

Mohamed Al-Dahshan, chairperson and founder of KML, said the new acquisition came as part of the company’s expansion plan.

The company transports general and heavy cargo via 24 vessels from the Far East (India, China, Japan, and South Korea) to the North and West Europe region through the Suez Canal.

Al-Dahshan added that AAL has a modern fleet of multi-purpose vessels that can transport cargo efficiently.

KML is an Egyptian joint stock company established in Egypt in 1981, to provide services for shipping, forwarding, oil, and material supply businesses for both local and foreign companies in Egypt and the Middle East.

The company contributed to the establishment of Siemens power plants in Beni Suef and the New Administrative Capital. It also sponsored the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal.

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Construction on 3rd phase of Cairo metro line 3 begins https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/construction-on-3rd-phase-of-cairo-metro-line-3-begins/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/construction-on-3rd-phase-of-cairo-metro-line-3-begins/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:04:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660453 Prime Minister Sherif Ismail witnessed on Wednesday the construction launch for the third phase of the Cairo metro’s third line, which will run from Ataba to Bulaq El Dakrour at a length of 17.7 km. The cost of the entire third line is up to EGP 100bn, said the prime minister on the sidelines of …

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Prime Minister Sherif Ismail witnessed on Wednesday the construction launch for the third phase of the Cairo metro’s third line, which will run from Ataba to Bulaq El Dakrour at a length of 17.7 km.

The cost of the entire third line is up to EGP 100bn, said the prime minister on the sidelines of the ceremony, while the first line’s maintenance cost stands at EGP 20bn. He added that the Cairo metro requires EGP 140bn through 2022 for the completion of the third and fourth lines.

The project will be financed by the European Investment Bank via a soft loan of €900m, about 60% of the total cost , while the remainder will be funded from the state budget.

The third phase of the metro’s third line is divided into three stages. The first stage covers a length of 4 km. Its four underground stations are Nasser, Maspero, Zamalek, and Kit Kat. That first stage will be completed in 55 months. The second stage will be 6.6 km long and cover six stations from Sudan Road through Imbaba to the Rod El Farag station. It is planned to be completed in 65 months. The third stage will be 7.1 km long with five stations, from Tawfikia through Wadi El Nile and Al-Doual, and will end at the Cairo University station. It is scheduled to be completed in 74 months.

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Libyan army engages in violent fight with Islamist militants in Derna https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/libyan-army-engages-in-violent-fight-with-islamist-militants-in-derna/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/libyan-army-engages-in-violent-fight-with-islamist-militants-in-derna/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:55:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660454 Early in May, Haftar announced he will liberate city from Islamist fighters

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Forces affiliated with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar engaged in violent clashes with Islamic fighters around the city of Derna in eastern Libya on Tuesday. Moreover, two soldiers were killed in a car bomb and another soldier was kidnapped at a checkpoint in the region.

Milad Al-Zawi, spokesperson of the special forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Haftar, said that the fight in southwest Derna was the most intense since the beginning of the LNA campaign to take control of the city. He added that one commander was killed while two soldiers were wounded.

Derna is under the control of Islamist militants known as the the Shura Council of Mujahideen. Early in May, Haftar announced that he will liberate the city from the Islamist fighters.

Furthermore, the Islamic State group attacked a checkpoint in eastern Libya using a car bomb, killing at least two security personnel. Haftar’s forces launched several raids on the city with the help of the air forces of regional allies.  

Violence has raged in Libya since 2011, when a popular uprising ended with the ousting and subsequent killing of former president Muammar Gaddafi. Since the ousting of Gaddafi, rival governments and parliaments have been competing in the west and east of the country.

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Egypt is second most popular destination for Swedish tourists outside Europe: ambassador https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/egypt-is-second-most-popular-destination-for-swedish-tourists-outside-europe-ambassador/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/egypt-is-second-most-popular-destination-for-swedish-tourists-outside-europe-ambassador/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:52:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660448 Tourism revenues jump 83% in Q1 2018, says government official

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Swedish Ambassador to Egypt Jan Thesleff told Daily News Egypt that Egypt is the second most popular destination for Swedish tourism outside Europe.

The ambassador said that tourism is moving forward very quickly, explaining that before the first revolution in Egypt, there were 210,000 Swedish tourists every year, then from 2011 to 2013, there was a downturn in tourism.

He continued, saying that this year, there are 10 or 11 flights coming in every week, pointing out that Swedish tourists are travelling not only to Cairo, but also to Hurghada and other areas of the Red Sea coast.

“What’s interesting to note is that in the past, Swedish tourists were mostly coming in the winter season from October to April; now they come year-round, they even come in the summer,” Thesleff said.

He assured that now Egypt is a year-round destination for Swedish tourism, expecting that his country’s investments and tourism will both grow next year.

Meanwhile, a government official said on Wednesday that Egypt’s revenues from the tourism sector jumped 83.3% to reach about $2.2bn in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, according to Reuters.

The official added that the number of tourists travelling to Egypt rose by 37.1% to reach 2.383 million in the quarter.

Furthermore, the official estimated that the number of nights stayed was 23.8 million nights in Q1.

Earlier, during a press conference on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market exhibition that took place in Dubai last month, Egyptian Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat announced that the number of tourists visiting Egypt jumped 30% during Q1 2018 compared to last year.

She added that tourism now represents 15% of the total sources of income for the national economy.

Tourism suffered a devastating blow when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late October 2015 and all its passengers were killed.

Following the plane crash, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt, while Britain banned travel to Sinai. Russian flights returned to Cairo last April.

Tourism flows have improved following the Central Bank of Egypt’s decision to float the Egyptian pound in November 2016, where slashed the value of the local currency by about half and boosted the competitiveness of the sector.

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Fly Emirates prepares for Egypt’s participation at World Cup https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/fly-emirates-prepares-for-egypts-participation-at-world-cup/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/fly-emirates-prepares-for-egypts-participation-at-world-cup/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:50:01 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660428 Company inaugurates new passenger hall at Cairo International Airport

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Thani Al Ansari, Egypt and Libya manager for commercial operations at Fly Emirates, told Daily News Egypt that his company is offering special packages to Egyptians who will travel to support their national football team at the FIFA World Cup Russia in June.

Al Ansari, added on the sidelines of the company’s suhoor event on Tuesday evening, that packages are reasonably priced and include travelling, internal transport, and hotel stays, noting that his company forged a new partnership with Fly Dubai to reach about six destinations in Russia, compared to the two Russian cities, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, that Fly Emirates operates in.

“All the Russian travel offers will be through travelling to the UAE as a transit point, so they will not be direct flights,” said Al Ansari.

“Now we operate three daily flights between Egypt and the Emirates; Cairo airport’s Terminal 2 is well structured,” noted Al Ansari, adding that operating new flights with Egypt depends on the two countries’ leadership decisions, not only Fly Emirates.

Al Ansari mentioned that Fly Emirates will soon inaugurate a new passenger hall at Cairo International Airport in a special event, rejecting to disclose additional information such as the sum of investment and the hall’s capacity.

Meanwhile, Al Ansari noted that his company is focused on Cairo International Airport and is not considering operating in other Egyptian airports at the moment. However, relations with Egypt are strategic, he said, and Fly Emirates is very keen on boosting bilateral cooperation.

Al Ansari said that his company’s fleet is diverse and includes about 267 aeroplanes, adding that his company ordered 40 new Dreamliner Boeing 787 planes, which will be a valued addition to the fleet, along with another 36 planes ordered from Airbus.

Al Ansari noted that Boeing’s new planes will enter service in 2020, while the Airbus planes will gradually enter operation, adding, “we already have the largest Boeing and Airbus in the world”.

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Military spokesperson denies HRW report on Sinai operations https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/military-spokesperson-denies-hrw-report-on-sinai-operations/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/military-spokesperson-denies-hrw-report-on-sinai-operations/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:47:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660439 State’s compensations for Sinai residents reach EGP 900m

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Egyptian military spokesperson Tamer El-Refaie denounced on Tuesday Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s latest report about the operations of the Egyptian armed forces in Sinai, which claimed that the army destroyed people’s homes and farms in North Sinai.

Al-Refaie said that HRW did not rely on reliable sources, saying that the military forces took legal procedures regarding establishing a buffer zone on the border around Al-Arish International Airport and compensating the residents of the region in accordance with presidential orders.  

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled: Egypt: Army Intensifies Sinai Home Demolitions. In the report, HRW stated, “the new destruction, including hundreds of hectares of farmland and at least 3,000 homes and commercial buildings, together with 600 buildings destroyed in January, is the largest since the army officially began evictions in 2014.”

The report said that the Egyptian army expanded widespread destruction of homes, commercial buildings, and farms in the governorate of North Sinai since the beginning of the extensive military operation Sinai 2018 on 9 February.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said within the report that “turning people’s homes into rubble is part of the same self-defeating security plan that has restricted food and movement to inflict pain on Sinai residents.”

Al-Refaie denied all of the information mentioned in the report, stressing that the state’s compensations for Sinai residents have reached EGP 900m.

Moreover, Margaret Azer, representative of the human rights committee in the Egyptian House of Representatives, denounced the data mentioned in the HRW report, accusing the international organisation of defaming Egypt’s national institutions. Azer described HRW as a “suspicious” organisation that regularly criticises Egypt’s institutions, particularly the army.

On 9 February, Egypt’s security forces launched the extensive military operation in Sinai, dubbed Sinai 2018. The operation includes naval, air, and infantry forces. It aims to target “dens and ammunition storages that are being used by terrorist elements,” according to a previous statement from the armed forces.

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$6.9bn trade exchange between Egypt, Eurasian Economic Community in 2017 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/6-9bn-trade-exchange-between-egypt-eurasian-economic-community-in-2017/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/6-9bn-trade-exchange-between-egypt-eurasian-economic-community-in-2017/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:13:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660435 Trade exchange between Egypt and the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) achieved an increase during 2017. The value of trade exchange between Egypt and the EAEC amounted to $6.9bn, with Egyptian imports at $6.9bn and Egyptian exports at $573m, according to Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil. The EAEC includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, …

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Trade exchange between Egypt and the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) achieved an increase during 2017. The value of trade exchange between Egypt and the EAEC amounted to $6.9bn, with Egyptian imports at $6.9bn and Egyptian exports at $573m, according to Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil.

The EAEC includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan.

Kabil pointed out that the most important Egyptian exports to Eurasian countries are agricultural commodities, machinery, equipment, and pharmaceutical products. The most important Egyptian imports are wheat, minerals, chemical industries, plastic products, cars, and tractors.

The minister stressed the need to encourage the business community and industrial companies from the Eurasian countries to increase their investments in Egypt during the coming period, especially with the presence of a number of large projects in the country. These projects represent huge investment opportunities for investors from the EAEC countries, including the New Administrative Capital and the Russian industrial zone in Egypt.

In this regard, Egypt and the EAEC are negotiating according to a specific timetable to accelerate the conclusion of the free trade agreement between Egypt and the Eurasian countries as soon as possible, which will contribute to a breakthrough in the investment and trade relations between the two sides.

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116,000 feddans of 1.5m feddans project cultivated in 2016/2017: CAPMAS https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/116000-feddans-of-1-5m-feddans-project-cultivated-in-2016-2017-capmas/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/116000-feddans-of-1-5m-feddans-project-cultivated-in-2016-2017-capmas/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:09:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660431 Minya top governorate with 70,000 feddans, accounting for 60.5%

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The size of the cultivated area in the 1.5m feddans projects amounted to 115,700 feddans in 2016/2017, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).

In its annual bulletin on land reclamation, the CAPMAS said that Minya ranked first in terms of governorates with the largest area of cultivated land in the project, at 70,000 feddans, accounting for 60.5%.

According to the report, Matrouh came second with 35,000 feddans, accounting for 30.3% of the total cultivated lands, then New Valley with 10,000 feddans (8.6%), South Sinai with some 1,000 feddans (0.6%).

Moreover, the CAPMAS stated that the total reclaimed areas amounted to 38,900 feddans in 2016/2017, up from 38,500 feddans in 2015/2016, an increase of 1.1%.

The report showed that the total area of land reclaimed with agriculture cooperative authorities reached 28,700 feddans, accounting for 73.6%, followed by the private sector at 10,300 feddans (26.4%).

It added that the land on which livestock projects are established, including dairy and livestock projects, reached 196,000 feddans in 2016/2017 compared to 136,000 feddans in 2015/2016, growing by 44.1%, noting that this is due to more companies taking part in livestock projects.

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Military court sentences journalist Ismail Iskandarani to 10 years https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/military-court-sentences-journalist-ismail-iskandarani-to-10-years/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/military-court-sentences-journalist-ismail-iskandarani-to-10-years/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:04:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660425 Researched previously said all his articles are products of journalism, based only on facts

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A military court sentenced on Tuesday independent journalist and researcher Ismail Iskandarani to 10 years imprisonment on charges of joining an illegal group and reporting about the opinions of Sinai-based tribes concerning the performance of the armed forces.

Another defendant also received the same sentence. 

Iskandarani has repeatedly asserted that he had collaborated with different security apparatuses to produce such reports. He denied the charges of belonging to an illegal group.

He was arrested in November 2015 in Hurghada International Airport upon arrival from Germany. Iskandarani was then transferred to State Security Prosecution. He spent two years and two months in pre-trial detention and was referred to military prosecution in January 2018.

Held in Tora Prison, Iskandarani nearly gained freedom in November 2016 when he was granted a release, but the prosecution’s appeal was accepted, resulting in an extra 45-day detention.

Iskandarani previously denied all the accusations levelled against him. He said that all his published works are products of journalism and based only on facts.

Following his arrest, several national and international activists and human rights defenders severely criticised his arrest and the Egyptian authorities’ crackdown on journalists and opposition figures.

About 74 university scholars and researchers from different countries demanded that Egyptian authorities release Iskandarani. Also, a number of NGOs and rights organisations launched a solidarity campaign in May 2016 after him being in prison for 100 days and demanded his release.

Iskandarani, 32, is a socio-political researcher and investigative journalist who began working at the Paris-based Arab Reform Initiative in 2013. His publications focused on the relationship between state politics and paramilitary groups. He used the Sinai Peninsula as a backdrop for his analysis.

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Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim may be delayed https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/trump-says-summit-with-north-koreas-kim-may-be-delayed/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/trump-says-summit-with-north-koreas-kim-may-be-delayed/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:01:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660398 Last week Pyongyang threatened to pull out of meeting over US national adviser’s statements on Libya, US-South Korea joint drills 

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US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expected in June may be delayed.

Trump said that there is a “substantial chance” that his summit with Kim may not “work out for June,” while he was receiving South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the White House.

“There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out, and that’s OK,” said Trump, adding, “that doesn’t mean it won’t work over a period of time. But it may not work out for June 12.”

Trump’s remarks came a week after North Korea’s comments that criticised the joint drills between US and South Korean forces, threatening to pull out of the summit with Trump if the US continues to insist on the North unilaterally surrendering its nuclear weapon programme.

Meanwhile, North Korea accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of making “reckless” remarks when he said on 13 May that the US kept the “Libya model” of denuclearisation in mind ahead of its meeting with North Korea.

Bolton was referring to Muammar Gaddafi, who agreed to give up his nuclear weapons in 2003 in exchange for the US relaxing sanctions on the North African country.

The foreseen summit is scheduled to take place on 12 June in Singapore; it follows another significant meeting between North and South Korean leaders last month. 

In April, North Korea, in a goodwill gesture, said it will halt nuclear and missile tests, as well as shut down a nuclear testing site located in the north of the country, stating that it prefers to shift its national focus on improving its economy rather than its military.

Earlier this month, North Korea said it will begin dismantling its nuclear test site between 23 and 25 May, announcing that it will hold a ceremony and invite foreign journalists to observe the event. However, it has been delayed due to bad weather.

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Op-ed review: Talk on economy continues, Ramadan media content https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/op-ed-review-talk-on-economy-continues-ramadan-media-content/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/op-ed-review-talk-on-economy-continues-ramadan-media-content/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 13:58:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660402 As the holy month of Ramadan started last week, annual TV series are often the subject of commentary in the media and discussion on social media. In state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram, two op-eds tackled the issue. To Adel Sabry, these series shift people’s attention from the purpose of the holy month, which should be focused on …

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As the holy month of Ramadan started last week, annual TV series are often the subject of commentary in the media and discussion on social media.

In state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram, two op-eds tackled the issue. To Adel Sabry, these series shift people’s attention from the purpose of the holy month, which should be focused on worshipping, to becoming hooked to TV to keep up with the series’ suspense.

On the other hand, Asmaa Al-Hosseiny criticised the reaction of the Sudanese government, which summoned the Egyptian ambassador in Khartoum over a TV series which showed a scene about a terrorist receiving military training in Sudan. The writer said governments should not be irritated with freedom of creativity, but rather with any activity taking place on its oil that goes against law and international charters.

Meanwhile, two writers picked up topics from last week. In Al-Ahram, Farouk Goweida commented on controversial statements made by the head of a leading charity organisation in which he said there were no poor people in Egypt. Goweida said the exaggerated claim contradicted statistics and “there should be limits to hypocrisy and forging the truth, especially if addressed to a responsible leadership which knows every detail about the people,” referring to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi whom the man was addressing at a youth conference.

As for the editor-in-chief of privately-owned newspaper Al-Shorouk, Emad El-Din Hussein, the topic was once more the increase of metro ticket prices. Hussein published a letter he received by a reader who lives abroad and does not use the metro in Egypt but was equally dismayed with officials’ justifications and their attempt to make the metro system look like an organisation looking for profit which citizens should pay for if they want the service.

In Al-Youm Al-Sabea, Alaa Abdel Hady wrote to defend the ongoing economic reforms, saying Al-Sisi himself admitted it was not going to be an easy task, that he could not do it alone, that people should share the burden, and that there is no other alternative to move forward.

Another issue that was subject of two op-eds was that of a controversial online ad featuring a well-known Egyptian Muslim preacher who said eating a certain brand of chicken would make people better Muslims. Al-Youm Al-Sabea’s Akram Al-Qassas recalled the history of Islamist businesspersons in Egypt who used religion to market their products, while falsely pushing people to believe they should invest in their companies to get richer.

As for Al-Bawaba’s Ibrahim Abdul Alim, whose op-ed was titled “Media with religious flavour”, people who use religion in such a manner are not aware that the Egyptian people are no longer interested.

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AWO launches radio programme on Sawt al-Arab https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/awo-launches-radio-programme-on-sawt-al-arab/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/awo-launches-radio-programme-on-sawt-al-arab/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 12:53:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660395 Each episode of radio programme discusses several topics on Arab women rights

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The Arab Women Organisation (AWO) launched a radio programme entitled By You, I Am Stronger, in cooperation with Egyptian Radio and in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan.

The AWO announced in a press release that the programme is broadcasting on the “Sawt al-Arab” (Voice of the Arabs) radio station and that it includes 30 episodes, pointing out that each episode is about five minutes long.

According to the AWO, the programme is presented by Samira Abdelaziz, directed by Hatem Al Ajmi, and written by Mohamed Mahmoud.

“Each episode of the radio programme discusses several topics on Arab women’s rights,” the AWO stated.

In addition, several other programmes will be introduced by the AWO, including the Peace and Security Programme, the Arab Women and Sustainable Development Programme 2030, the Programme for Building a Women-Friendly Community Culture in the Arab Region, and the Programme for Strengthening the Role of Women in the Face of Poverty.

 

 

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Gender equality is key factor of development: Swedish ambassador https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/gender-equality-is-key-factor-of-development-swedish-ambassador/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/gender-equality-is-key-factor-of-development-swedish-ambassador/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 12:51:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660391 Swedish Ambassador to Egypt Jan Thesleff said that gender equality is not just a target in itself, but a powerful factor for development. His remarks came on the sidelines of a panel discussion that was held to present the results of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the MENA region and to …

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Swedish Ambassador to Egypt Jan Thesleff said that gender equality is not just a target in itself, but a powerful factor for development.

His remarks came on the sidelines of a panel discussion that was held to present the results of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the MENA region and to discuss the positive role of males in promoting gender equality.

He pointed out that gender equality is a basic human right, stressing that it is necessary to achieve a sustainable and peaceful development, because if any country only uses 50% of its human resources, that is not enough to achieve development.

“There are neutral gender words, as objectively, we are all part of the same colour pallet. Only when we realise the advantages of not playing on opposite teams, but on one team, will we be successful in achieving equilibrium,” he said.

“In my opinion it is not about bringing up girls as boys or bringing up boys as girls, but it is about equilibrium,” he continued.

He pointed out that in 2014, his country adopted a feminist foreign policy initiative to promote gender equality around the world, which is now a part of the UN global agenda.

In terms of cooperation with Egypt in the field of equality between men and women, the Swedish ambassador said that his country is already seeking to support cooperation with Egypt and the programmes implemented by the government for women.

These comprise supporting their political rights, economic empowerment, inheritance rights, and many other positive initiatives supported by the Egyptian government for gender equality and support for all women’s rights, praising the approach of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in that regard.

The study was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), under the leadership of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and under the auspice of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW).

The study examines men and women’s attitudes and practices related to key issues, including support for gender equality, support for women’s rights policies, household decision-making, use of various forms of gender-based violence (GBV), men’s participation in caregiving and domestic chores, gendered health vulnerabilities, employment-related stress, physical security, adverse life conditions, and childhood, among others.

For her part, Shereen El Feki, co-principal investigator for IMAGES MENA, said that the study is the first study of its kind in the Arab region, to take a wide-angle comparative lens into the lives of men as sons, husbands, and fathers, at home and at work, in public and private life, to understand how they see their positions as men and their attitudes and actions towards gender equality.

She explained that the IMAGES MENA consists of surveys with nearly 10,000 men and women in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine, including in both urban and rural areas.

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World Trans targets EGP 150m in 2018 business https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/world-trans-targets-egp-150m-in-2018-business/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/world-trans-targets-egp-150m-in-2018-business/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 12:40:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660358 World Trans Group aims to scale business beyond EGP 150m this year, versus EGP 100m last year. Hamada Ghoneim, its chairperson, said that Egypt is among the most promising countries with a market full of investment opportunities in different fields, especially transportation, adding that the company aims to expand in the country’s real estate sector …

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World Trans Group aims to scale business beyond EGP 150m this year, versus EGP 100m last year.

Hamada Ghoneim, its chairperson, said that Egypt is among the most promising countries with a market full of investment opportunities in different fields, especially transportation, adding that the company aims to expand in the country’s real estate sector this year, with investments worth EGP 100m set to be injected.

He told Daily News Egypt that the economic reform plan that the state launched was late, which resulted in some negative aspects that are currently being processed.

He explained that among the obstacles facing investment in Egypt is slow litigation, which makes investors still afraid, as some cases remain in courts for tens of years without verdicts, which hinders investments.

Ghoneim pointed out that the tolls on roads are still unknown and undeclared, which opens the door to abuses.

He explained that the company is constantly seeking to expand within the Egyptian market and plans to obtain opportunities to invest in the Suez Canal Economic Zone after the completion of the projects within it, noting that the group participated in several projects in the field of electricity and renewable energy.

Ghoneim said the group was established in 1968, making it one of Egypt’s oldest transportation companies. Its subsidiary Wafaa Transport participated in the 1973 war and was the only company contracted to ease congestion at Alexandria Port in 1974 and 1975. He noted that the company has a fleet specialised in transporting irregular goods to meet the needs of the Egyptian market.

He added that World Trans, one of the group’s companies, is a leading company in the field of shipping and customs clearance, and also in the field of electric power and renewable energy, pointing out that the group started in the field of real estate investment for more than 20 years.

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EAFMS expects IMO to improve classification to A https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/eafms-expects-imo-to-improve-classification-to-a/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/eafms-expects-imo-to-improve-classification-to-a/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 12:28:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660383 Egyptian diving code will be issued in coming weeks, says Zahran

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Khalid Zahran, head of the Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety (EAFMS), said that the International Maritime Organisation is likely to improve Egypt’s classification from C to A in the coming period. He said this comes in light of Egyptian ports’ improvements and their adhering to international standards, ensuring the safety of shipping lines, vessels, and grants confidence to foreign partners.

Egypt maintained its C classification during the IMO membership elections from 2017 through to 2020.

IMO membership is classified into categories A, B, or C. Countries obtain the classification based on number of ports, their efficiency, and commitment to the IMO’s policies.

The term of membership is three years, then countries are re-elected and evaluated.

Zahran pointed to the adoption of some decisions that contribute to the activity of maritime transport for the first time in Egypt, such as the ministerial decision on the organisation of recovering sunken ships issued a week ago, which was accepted by some foreign countries that requested information about the work that can be completed under the resolution.

Zahran highlighted the upcoming issuance of the Egyptian diving code, after more than two years in the study of international codes, in the coming weeks. The code will organise the diving process instead of codes being different according to various diving schools.

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Alexandria Port size to increase by 200% https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/alexandria-port-size-to-increase-by-200/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/alexandria-port-size-to-increase-by-200/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 12:24:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660380 Alexandria Port Authority Chief Medhat Attia said he expects a boom in the port during the next two years. The authority is carrying out a number of megaprojects, including a logistics zone on 204,000 sqm, liquid bulk terminal with investments of EGP 150m, the Gate 54 Axis with investments of over EGP 500m, a multi-storey …

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Alexandria Port Authority Chief Medhat Attia said he expects a boom in the port during the next two years. The authority is carrying out a number of megaprojects, including a logistics zone on 204,000 sqm, liquid bulk terminal with investments of EGP 150m, the Gate 54 Axis with investments of over EGP 500m, a multi-storey garage at a cost of EGP 285m, and the purchase of a number of marine vessels.

He noted that the Alexandria Port will be among the largest ports in the world in terms of area, as they plan to expand it by 1.8 sqkm to reach a total area of 3.5 sqkm, an increase of nearly 200%.

Last month, the Alexandria Port Authority signed a contract with the Holding Company of Maritime & Land Transport and the Suez Canal Authority for the implementation of a multi-purpose station on berths 55 to 62, with an usufruct right of 30 years at a cost of $450m.

Noteworthy, the current water area of ​​the port is estimated at 6.8 sqkm with a capacity of 37.9m tonnes per year. About 18.4m tonnes of general goods are being traded at the port, as well as 5.6m tonnes of dry bulk, 3.9m tonnes of liquid bulk, and 1m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Attia said that the expansions include implementing a system to transfer containers via railways, starting with berth 85 and the multipurpose terminal.

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