Same issues, different faces



Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 10:00 GMT


Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 10:00 GMT

Photo courtesy of Egypt's Presidential Spokesperson Facebook Page

Photo courtesy of Egypt's Presidential Spokesperson Facebook Page

CAIRO - Shortly after being swon in for a second term as president, the newly appointed cabinet of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly took oath on June 14 before Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. For the first time in Egyptian history, the newly appointed cabinet includes an unprecedented eight female ministers. The appointments came shortly after former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail submitted his resignation.

Experts agree that the economy remains one of the most pressing issues for the new cabinet; not only int erms of sticking to the economic reforms put in place by Sherif Ismaik’s cabinet, but also through focusing on national projects, decreasing public debt, increasing fforeign investments and local manufacturing, as well as activating the new investment law. To further revive the economy, the experts also agree that challenges to investments and tourism need to be addressed with urgency.


“The coming period requires the new cabinet to monitor markets and control prices in different ways, population growth is one of the major challenges facing the government and different ministries should be coordinating to find a solution for it,” Ayman Abo El Ella, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Free Egyptians Party, argues. “The new cabinet also needs to focus on opening up new horizons for investments to help fight unemployment and facilitate the establishment of factories.”

Member of the Parliament, the head of the parliamentary committee of the National Movement Party and a member of the Economic Affairs Committee Mohamed Badrawi also argues that it is essential to set reasonable targets and deadlines to reduce the rates of poverty and illiteracy.

In addition to the economy, just like last cabinet, the new one also faces the challenge of terrorism and is expected to put a concrete plan to develop and revive Sinai.


Member of the Parliament Seliman El Omairi argued in a released statement that in addition to security and the economy, education and health are also key, and called for linking technical education to the labor market. He also stressed on the issue of building on agricultural lands and the need to expand social protection for citizens and improve access to drinking water.

Hala Zayed, Health and Population

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Zayed is the Executive Director of the 57357 Academy of Health Sciences and formerly served as the advisor to the minister of health and population. She is also a member of the Educational Council of the Egyptian Fellowship for Hospital Management and the Board of Directors of Al Azhar Specialized Hospitals.

Zayed is also on the General Assembly of Egypt Air for Medical Services and is a founding member of the Annual Health Care Conference for Africa held in London, as well as the Health Policy Organization for the Middle East and North Africa Region. As an academic, she lectures at the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) Health Systems Management Programs.

Yasmine Fouad, Environmental Affairs

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Fouad is the former assistant to the Minister of Environment for Sustainable Development and External Communication, a position she has held since 2014. She is an assistant professor at Cairo University‘s Faculty of Economics and Political Science and the acting director of the Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies. Her work on finance and economics, with a focus on the Egyptian stock exchange, microfinance, financial control and foreign investment, has been widely published.

Fouad has represented Egypt at numerous international conferences and events, particularly those of the Green Climate Fund. Fouad is the third woman to serve as Minister of Environmental affairs, following her predecessors Laila Rashed Iskandar and Nadia Makram Ebeid.

Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, Defence and Military Production

Born in 1956, Zaki graduated from the Military Academy in 1977.

Zaki arrested former president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, following the June 30 uprising. He was appointed as the head of the Republican Guard military branch in August 2012; two months after Morsi had been elected as president.

Mahmoud Tawfik, Interior

Known as the Ministry of Interior’s “fox,“ he has reportedly helped rescue police officer Mohamed Al-Hayes, who was held hostage by terrorist groups during the Sinai operations last October.

He previously served as an assistant to the former minister and succeeded Major Mohammed Shaarawi as head of the national security sector.

Tawfik worked at the Cairo Security Directorate and was later assigned to the National Security Sector. Born in 1961, Tawfik graduated from the Police Academy in 1982.

Ashraf Sobhy, Youth and Sports

Sobhy was passionate about sports from a young age, and holds a black belt in Karate. He served as the secretary general of the area of Giza for Karate between 1994 and 1997. He is a professor of sports education and was previously a sports activity specialist for Zamalek club, where he also held an appointment as the public relations director during the 2000s.

In 2004, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Football Association. In 2010, he took on the roles of executive director of the UAE’s Baniyas Club, and head of the Arab League Championship’s marketing committee.

Sobhy holds a bachelor‘s degree in physical education from Helwan University and a master’s degree in public relations and sports administration from the same institution. He has also earned a PhD in sports administration from Ottawa University in Canada.

Amr Talaat, Communications and Information Technology

Talaat has over 30 years of experience in communications with IBM Egypt and has served as its General Manager since 2010.

He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronic and communications engineering from Cairo University, a masgter’s of science from Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from Paris ESLSCA Business School. In 2017, he earned a Doctorate of Business Administration, with a concentration in strategic management, from Paris School of Business.

Mahmoud Shaarawi, Housing, Utilities and Urban Development

Shaarawi has worked in the state security sector since his graduation from the Police Academy in 1980, serving as the assitant to the urban planning minister and as an official in the National Security Agency’s administration to combat extremist activity.

He has also led the seucrity operation dubbed Arab Sharkas against terrorists who were accused of killing a number of officers after June 30 uprising and who were executed in May 2015.

Hisham Tawfik, Public Enterprise Sector

Tawfik is a member of the Board of Directors at each of the Holding Company for Construction and Development, Naeem Holding Company, and the Arab Land Bank. He is also the chairman of the Board of Directors of Arabia Online Brokerage Company, and previously served as head the Cairo Solar Solar Solutions Company.

Tawfik holds bachelor of Economics and Business Administration from the AUC and a master’s of arts in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He was the first in Egypt to set up a solar power plant affiliated with a residential property.

Mohamed Moeit, Finance


Moeit was the First Assistant Minister of Finance for Treasury Affairs, a position in 2016, he had also served as the assistant finance minister under former president Hosni Mubarak’s term, and resigned from his position in 2013, during Morsi’s term.

Born in 1962, Moeit holds several degrees from Cairo University and City University in London. He earned a PhD in acturial science from the latter in 2003.

Amr Bayoumy, Trade and Industry

With decades of experience in the amotovie industry, Bayoumy served as an adisor to Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles and a board member of the Chamber of Engineering Industries for the Vehicles Division.

Bayoumy served as the secretary general of the Engineering Export Council of Egyt for six years prior to his appointmnet in the cabinet, as well as the deputy head of the International Association of Puublic Transport fot the Middle East and North Africa region from 2008 to 2014.

Ezz El-Din Abu Seteit, Agriculture and Land Reclamation

Abu Seteit is a professor at Cairo University who served as the dean of the Faculty of Agriculture in the university. He is a renowned published scholar who has a special interest in the field of imrpoving Egypt’s productivity of wehat, sugar beet and maize.
He was granted the Abdel Hamid Shoman pPrize for Arab Scientists in 1994.

Younes El Masry, Civil Aviation

A lieutenant General, El Masry served as the head of the Egyptian Air Force in 2012 and holds several military medals, including that of Distinguished Service, Military Duty and the 25th of January.



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