Nile river in Mansoura - file
CAIRO - 4 April 2023: The Egyptian Parliament finally approved Monday a draft law to reinstate the daylight saving time system in a bid to save energy use.
The competent parliamentary committee said that working in permanent daylight time is the most appropriate and least expensive, as Ahmed Al-Sigini, head of the Local Administration Committee in the House of Representatives, referred to the report submitted by the Ministry of Electricity, which states that the amount of savings resulting from the application of daylight saving time was calculated at an amount of 147.21 million pound.
The bill aims to restore the summer time system by advancing the clock by sixty minutes, starting from the last Friday of April until the last Thursday of October, with the aim of rationalizing energy consumption and saving its operation in light of the world’s economic conditions and changes.
The objectives of the bill are:
- Rationalizing energy use and economy in its operation in light of the world's economic conditions and changes.
- Increasing the legal hour for official time to contribute to an hour early in working hours, in order to gain more time during daylight hours, which gradually increase from the beginning of spring until the peak of summer, and shrink from this date until the peak of winter.
The history of advancing and delaying the clock in Egypt dates back to Decree-Law No. 113 of 1945 during the reign of King Farouk I.