<![CDATA[rss-All News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[All News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[President Sisi, Egypt’s First Lady inaugurates WYF Theater]]>President Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady Entissar al-Sisi attended the WYF theater inauguration ceremony.

The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.
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12/13/2019 8:34:55 PM
<![CDATA[WYF LABS to inspire, empower young entrepreneurs]]>
Its aim is to inspire and empower young entrepreneurs to create strong startups that serve the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.

WYF LABS organizer Mohamed Samy told Egypt Today in an interview that WYF LABS is a forum for entrepreneurs and startups, within the World Youth Forum, where we seek to provide opportunities for all young people from the world who have ideas, entrepreneurs and startups, to display their products and ideas.

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WYF LABS has allowed 36 startups to showcase their products and ideas by setting pavilions, throughout the conference halls of the World Youth Forum.

He revealed that the participants in WYF LABS are from various countries including the United States of America, Britain, France, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, and other Arab and African countries.

He also clarified that 45 consultative sessions will be held, in which a group of specialists and experts will provide technical and administrative consultations to everyone who has an idea and wants to develop plans to implement it on the ground, where the information and advice necessary to develop their companies are provided, and to communicate effectively with the business environment.

The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The initiative was presented on 25 April 2017 by a group of young Egyptians at the National Youth Conference in Ismailia to engage in dialogue with youth around the world.
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12/13/2019 5:51:04 PM
<![CDATA[WYF’s youth discusses artificial intelligence applications & entrepreneurship]]>
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This pre-forum workshop discussed the applications of artificial intelligence across a variety of sectors for entrepreneurs.



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Artificial intelligence isn’t just a massive scientific discipline, it’s one of the fastest growing marketplaces in technology.

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A number of fruitful pre-forum workshops occurred on December 13 such as International Food Security: Youth’s Initiative for Action”.

This important workshop tackled and discussed the context where all people at all times have the right to physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.

"Enabling Persons with Disabilities Towards an Inclusive World (2)" workshop took place on Friday as well.

At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.

Youth learned how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” pre-forum workshop was organised on Friday.
This pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/13/2019 4:19:11 PM
<![CDATA[Seven Pillars of Egyptian Identity monument welcomes visitors to WYF]]>
The memorial represents one of the most important messages of the WYF, as it was obtained from a book by famous Egyptian historian Milad Hanna, carrying the same title. The first version of the book was published in 1989. The last version of the WYF was inspired by this book.

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At the front of the stage of the show is a statue of a person whose face features are overlapped and interfered to express all the features of different people from different countries and cultures.

The white statue was designed in a geometric way that draws attention. On the base of the statue was written a saying: "Every One is Only Every One Else."

Each of the seven pillars expresses a part of the Egyptian identity and personality, and written on each of them the type of civilization that influenced Egypt.

The first pillar is for the Pharaonic era, on which the value of cooperation was written. The second one represents the African civilization, and highlights the value of nature. Also, the third pillar represents the Islamic civilization, and highlights the value of equality.

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The fourth column pertains to the Coptic civilization, and talks about the value of unity and cohesion, while the fifth column represents the Mediterranean civilization, and frames the value of culture and awareness. Moreover, the sixth column expresses the Arab civilization and the value of the truth that the Arabs were interested in searching for throughout history.

As for the seventh column, it represents the Greek and Roman civilization.

The WYF will be held for the third time between December 14-17.

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The agenda of the 3rd edition of the WYF was released on Tuesday indicating that the conference will consist of 16 panels discussions.

There are seven sessions on technology, three sessions on the Mediterranean, two sessions on Africa, one session on women, one session on climate change, one session on peace and security, and one session on arts.

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The forum management planned to organize theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.
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12/13/2019 4:10:20 PM
<![CDATA[WYF attendee: Egypt has strong infrastructure to implement blockchain]]>
This came during a session dubbed “Blockchain: A Revolution in the Digital World,” held in preparation for the WYF which aims to display the impact of blockchain on digital technology, its uses in the economic realm, limitations, the dangers of illegal activity through blockchain, and how to maximize the positive side of blockchain.

Simplifying the definition of blockchain, Daw said that it is a new way to save data in a way that enables anyone to access them easily in case they are authorized.

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Through blockchain, we can exchange data of the individuals on each network in a general or a private way easily, Daw said. At the same time, it is so secure and allows new chances in business, including the ability to manage business in a modern way as it saves time and effort, he added.

He affirmed that Egypt has a suitable technology infrastructure that enables blockchain to be implemented. “The infrastructure in Egypt is in continuous progress.”

Daw said such technology will help develop this infrastructure even faster, as the former would exploit the available capabilities in the technological network, which has been developed over the past years.

Such technology will help Egypt be in line with other nations including Dubai which is set to fully shift to the blockchain in 2020, and Singapore, which is already working to implement it within two years.

The World Youth Forum’s focus on blockchain has been of interest to many of the youth, Daw said, adding that they have the desire to know more about updates of technology.

The agenda of the 3rd edition of the WYF was released on Tuesday indicating that the conference will consist of 16 panels discussions.

There are seven sessions on technology, three sessions on the Mediterranean, two sessions on Africa, one session on women, one session on climate change, one session on peace and security, and one session on arts.

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The forum management planned to organize theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.]]>
12/13/2019 4:02:19 PM
<![CDATA[Unique bust of Ramses II uncovered in Giza]]>
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The newly discovered bust is emblazoned with the “Ka,” a symbol of power, life force and spirit.

King Ramses II bust is carved in red granite and depicts Ramses II wearing a wig with the symbol of the “Ka” over his head. The bust is 105 cm tall, 55 cm wide and 45 cm thick.



The mission discovered this unique bust during excavations on privately owned land in Giza, after the landowner was caught carrying out illegal excavation work at his land.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that the uncovered King Ramses II bust is one of a kind because the only similar bust is one carved in wood and belongs to 13th Dynasty King Hor Awibre, which is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The mission has also discovered a group of huge red granite and limestone blocks engraved with scenes showing Ramses II during the Heb-Sed religious ritual, which indicates that these blocks could belong to a great temple dedicated to the worship of the deity Ptah.

The bust and the blocks have been transferred to Mit Rahina open air museum for restoration, and excavations will continue at the site.

One of the main achievements of King Ramses II is building Abu Simbel temple to impress Egypt's southern neighbors, and also to reinforce the status of the Egyptian religion in the area.

Abu Simbel was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the ruling period of Ramses II and its construction took 20 years from 1264 BC to 1244 BC.

Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. The smaller one was built for Queen Nefertari and has two statues of her and four pharaohs; each about 33 feet (10 meters) in height.


According to many scholars, this great temple was created to celebrate the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274 BC. This means that the temple was situated on the border of the conquered lands of Nubia after many military campaigns were carried out by the Pharaoh against Nubia.



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12/13/2019 3:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[‘International Food Security: Youth’s Initiative for Action’ workshop took place at WYF on Dec.13]]>
The workshop tackled and discussed the context where all people at all times have the right to physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.
"Enabling Persons with Disabilities Towards an Inclusive World (2)" workshop took place on Friday.
At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.
Youth learned how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” is a pre-forum workshop that took place on Friday as well at the side-lines of the third edition of the World Youth Forum.
The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.
Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.
The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/13/2019 2:37:35 PM
<![CDATA[WYF’ s youth discuss innovative solutions to better integrate disabled youth into society]]>
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At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.

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Youth participating in this workshop discussed how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” is a pre-forum workshop that took place on Friday as well at the side-lines of the third edition of the World Youth Forum.

The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.


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12/13/2019 2:10:15 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp signs new contract until 2024]]>
“When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow.” Klopp said after signing his new contract.

The German manager reshaped the club since he was appointed as the club manager in 2015 as he reestablished the club as one of the best in the world.

Klopp’s best achievement came last summer when he led the Reds to clinch their sixth UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.

Klopp added ““For anyone in football who aspires to compete in an environment where every element of the organisation is at its very best – from the support of the supporters to the vision of the owners – there can be no better place than this.”

Liverpool fans put all their hopes on the German to get the Premier League title to the club who did not lift the prestigious award since 1990.

Liverpool have a comfortable lead as they gained 46 points after 16 games, dropping only two points against Manchester United and they are 8 points clear ahead of the second placed, Leicester City. ]]>
12/13/2019 2:04:12 PM
<![CDATA['Prospects of Education’, a pre-forum workshop that took place at WYF]]>

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The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

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Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.
The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.





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12/13/2019 1:47:14 PM
<![CDATA[Former PM says Turkey being 'held back' by Erdogan]]>
"Those ruling Turkey have no agenda other than staying in power," Davutoglu said as he announced his new party, which could further erode support for Erdogan after his ruling AKP suffered election setbacks in local elections earlier this year.

A day after applying to establish the breakaway Future Party, Davutoglu said Turkey's judiciary had turned into a mechanism "feared rather than trusted" and that its economy was in "deep crisis".

Davutoglu, 60, announced his resignation from the Islamist-rooted AKP in September, saying the party which has dominated Turkish politics for 17 years was no longer able to solve the country's problems and was stifling internal debate.

"Despite all the pressure and the atmosphere of fear which they have tried to create...we have come together to set out a democratic and prosperous future for our country," he said.

Davutoglu served as prime minister from 2014 to 2016, before falling out with the president and being replaced by another Erdogan loyalist as Turkey moved to a presidential system.

"The presidential system was constructed with the thought of transferring as much power as possible to the executive and increasing influence over the legislative and judiciary," he said.

He said it was essential to fight corruption and guarantee the separation of powers, adding that efforts to control the judiciary must be seen as "the greatest of crimes".

"We defend a democratic parliamentary system," he added, calling for a new constitution.

Davutoglu resigned two months after former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan also left the AKP, citing deep differences. Babacan will announce his own rival political party within weeks, a source close to him said.

Polls show support for the new parties and their leaders in single percentage point figures, meaning they could pose a challenge to Erdogan and the AKP on their own.

However, after defeat in mayoral elections in Ankara and Istanbul this year, and with economic difficulties eroding his voter base, any loss of support could hit efforts to extend Erdogan's rule. Elections are not scheduled until 2023. ]]>
12/13/2019 1:43:43 PM
<![CDATA[Albanian participant: WYF sends message of diversity, union]]>
From the small country of Albania, Sara Zekaj prepares to attend the World Youth Forum set to kick off on Dec.14 in Sharm el-Sheikh, with the feeling borne inside her that both Egypt and her home country share similar values linked to family and relationships.

This will be Zekaj’s first time to visit Egypt. Zekaj described Egypt's culture as the melting point of different cultures driven from many ethnic groups who lived or invaded the country.

Like many attendees, Zekaj applied to attend the forum, and her application was fortunately accepted.

Zekaj expects fruitful participation in the World Youth Forum, where she signals networking as one reason she takes part in an event attended by top representatives, different stakeholders, activists and promising youths.

“Such events always affect a country's image in a positive way. I believe that through this event Egypt will break some prejudices among participants,” she said in her interview with Egypt Today.

Zekaj plans to engage with youth from around the globe in an enriching set-up, which allows her to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.

While regarding the themes she is interested in, Zekaj highlighted Artificial intelligence (AI) as a main topic that matches her master’s subject, saying that the topic is very important and needs to be discussed from a security perspective.

Environmental issues constitute a vital topic as well for Zekaj, where she is glad it is a top discussion on the forum’s agenda.

“This forum sends a message of diversity and Union, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world, especially in times like this, when the world risks to be divided into East and west, Muslim and Christian. For youth, these (differences) have no importance,” she added.

She explained that the World Youth Forum will play an important role by giving youth the opportunity to lead and participate in genuine, informed discussions on critical and ubiquitous issues like building peace.

Sara Zekaj graduated from Law School at the University of Tirana in 2016, with Msc in Public Law. Shortly after, she joined one of the best law firms in the country. For the last 2 years, she has worked at the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Albania, but she wasn’t satisfied with just having a good job.

Always having a keen interest in politics and security, Zekaj was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Government and she is currently pursuing a master's degree in international relations and security at the University of Westminster.]]>
12/13/2019 1:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly signs Kahraba ]]>
Kahraba returns back home after spending eight years away from Al-Ahly, where he started his football career as a promising young talent.

Kahraba, 25, joined Al-Ahly’s youth rankings as a kid but he was released from the club in 2011 to join Enppi where he needed only a year to get promotion to the first team.

Kahraba’s journey with Enppi ended in 2013 when he decided to move to Europe and joined Switzerland’s Luzern for 10 months and then he left to fellow Swiss side, Grasshopper Club Zürich, where he failed to gain playing time then he decided to return back to Enppi after only six months at Grasshopper.

In Egypt, he took the league by storm and quickly earned the attention of the two biggest clubs in Egypt, Al-Ahly and Zamalek, but the latter reached an agreement with Enppi board to sign the player.

In Zamalek, Kahraba grew up to become a key player at the team squad that won two consecutive Cup titles and established himself as a key player for his club and the national team.

Kahraba was Zamalek fans’ hero last season when he played a massive role in achieving CAF Confederation Cup title for Zamalek, their first African title since 2003.

After many problems between Zamalek and the player, he decided to leave for Portugal to join Desportivo das Aves and he played for six months before paying his buyout clause of $400,000 to be free to join Al-Ahly.]]>
12/13/2019 1:10:16 PM
<![CDATA[Carteron gets Zamalek back on track ]]>
Zamalek scored the two goals at the second half through Mostafa Mohamed’s wonderful header and Mahmoud Alaa’s goal from the penalty spot.

The Whites achieved their third straight victory in all competitions since the board sacked former Serbian manager, Milutin Sredovic (Micho) and appointed Carteron as the club new manager with the aim of getting the team back to the right track.

“I am so happy with the team performance and the important victory which will be a massive motive for us.” Carteron told press after the game.

The French led Zamalek to defeat El Sahrqia at the fourth round of the Egyptian Cup before securing the team’s first three points at CAF Champions League group stage as they defeated Primeiro de Augusto last Saturday.

The team jumped to the fourth position at the league with 13 points , three points behind the leaders, Arab Contractors, who played one game more. ]]>
12/13/2019 12:02:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Aswan Forum helped provide solutions to African challenges]]>
As the president has concluded the two-day Aswan Forum, which is held for the first time, to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent, he affirmed that the African states have the required wisdom and political will to overcome their challenges during two days of intensive work.

The president announced that the Aswan Forum would be held annually to discuss all important African issues.

The sessions of the forum has discussed the most important issues of peace, security and sustainable development, Sisi said, adding they managed to provide a precise description and analysis of the challenges facing the African continent and impede the process of reconstruction, development and peace.

One of the most important issues discussed during the forum was the need to prevent the conflicts in the area, preserve peace, build peace, end the course of extremism leading to terrorism, Sisi said. He also highlighted the issues of women empowerment, displacement, and the establishment of state institutions through a comprehensive perspective for the relation between peace and sustainable development.

Sisi has earlier met with many African leaders during the Aswan Forum, including Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Comoros Azali Assoumani, and President Idriss Déby of Chad.

Terrorism

Sisi has focused on the issue of facing terrorism in the Sahel region while holding talks with the African presidents. He highlighted Egypt’s war against terrorism including the fight in Sinai as well as along the western borders with Libya, and affirmed the need to reach a “peaceful” political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Sisi also affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

Women empowerment

Attending a session dubbed "To enhance the role of African women to achieve peace, security and development," Sisi has hailed the role played by the Egyptian women, who he said “tasked themselves” to take part in the June 30 revolution in 2013, which ousted former President Mohamed Morsi, also leader of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.


During his speech, he said millions of Egyptian women took to streets during the June 30 revolution to protect the Egyptian identity.

Although the regime at the time came to power through general elections in 2012, the Egyptian women, after a year, found that their way of ruling would ruin the Egyptian state, Sisi said.

He added that over 30 million people took to streets in the June 30 revolution, affirming that he appreciates and respects the role of the Egyptian women among those masses.

On July 24 the same year, Sisi asked Egyptians to show up in the streets to give him the authorization to fight terrorism. Sisi, during the session, said Egyptian women escorted their children that day and filled streets, among 35 million Egyptian citizens to affirm support to Sisi, then defense minister, to confront possible violence.

Sisi also praised the Egyptian women’s performance when assuming an administrative work or a government position, saying that their performance is always excellent and is better than that of some men.

Sisi described women as less corrupt and more efficient when taking high-level posts, then said, “there is not any corruption.”]]>
12/13/2019 11:29:50 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: WYF’s youth write down their ambitions, dreams on the New Year's tree]]>
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The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year tonight by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

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The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.
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12/13/2019 12:55:38 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Stadium hosts league clash between Zamalek and Pyramids ]]>
The Whites aim to return to the right track at the league after suffering a frustrating start after gaining 10 points from five games as they dropped five points from a draw and a loss.

Pyramids also need the three points to get their position back as the table leaders after Al-Ahly won 3-1 over Wadi Degla to jump to the top of the table.

Pyramids remain unbeaten at the league with 12 points from three victories and three draws.

Zamalek’s captain, Mohamed Abdelshafy, is ready to lead his team’s left flank after he fully recovered from the injury he picked ahead of the game.

Pyramids hope to revenge from their huge 3-0 loss at the Egyptian Cup Final which was the first game of Sébastien Desabre as the club manager.

The game starts on 7:30 pm. ]]>
12/12/2019 4:56:35 PM
<![CDATA[Head of IDA, secretary general of UAEIIC confer on industrial investment opportunities]]>
This came on the sidelines of the Cairo-hosted 1st Egypt-UAE forum for trade and investment.

In a statement on Thursday, Ghazi said that the meeting shed light on the economic and legislative reforms applied in Egypt to improve the business environment and encourage more Arab and foreign investments in the manufacturing sector.

The meeting also took up Egypt's list of industrial investment priorities, Ghazi said.

He asserted opening permanent communication channels with the UAEIIC to immediately solve any hindrances facing the UAE projects in Egypt, noting that the UAE is a major investor in the Egyptian market.

Meanwhile, Jarwan lauded the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government and the IDA to remove any hindrances facing the UAE investments in Egypt and the attractive investment atmosphere which Egypt enjoys. ]]>
12/12/2019 4:49:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-UAE talks on promoting industrial cooperation]]>
He made the remarks during a meeting with Abdulla Al Saleh, the Undersecretary for Foreign Trade and Industry at the UAE Ministry of Economy.

The talks tackled available investment opportunities in the Egyptian market, especially in the fields of engineering, chemicals, paper, iron and steel as well as recycling projects, a statement by the Trade and Industry Ministry said on Thursday.

Taha said there is a great chance for establishing joint projects in Egypt and exporting to the African market.

He added that the UAE can benefit from the free trade agreements signed with many African states, noting that Egypt bears up to 50 percent of the cost of products transportation to African states under the export incentive program.

For his part, the UAE official underlined his country's interest in investing in Egypt, especially in view of the successful Egyptian reform program.

He noted that both countries could establish joint projects in African states, especially logistic centers. ]]>
12/12/2019 4:44:39 PM
<![CDATA[Aramco reaches prince’s $2T goal in second-day surge]]>
The stock climbed by the daily 10 percent limit to 38.7 riyals at the open in Riyadh before trimming gains. It rose 9.4 percent to 38.50 riyals at 11:30 a.m. local time in trading of 313 million shares, compared with 31.6 million for all of Wednesday.

The surge reflects the kingdom’s efforts to engineer a successful start to trading after international investors balked at the price: Saudi Arabia encouraged local individuals to buy and hold the stock through cheap loans and a bonus-share plan, while pushing wealthy families and regional allies to buy as well. The offering consisted of only 1.5% of Aramco’s stock, so that investors who didn’t get allocated shares in the IPO had to buy in the secondary market.

Aramco raised $25.6 billion in the deal, selling shares at 32 riyals each and overtaking Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. as the most valuable listed company.

The IPO has become synonymous with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his efforts to reshape the economy of the world’s biggest oil exporter, Bloomberg said. But, according to the news agency, his insistence on the $2 trillion valuation deterred international investors, many of whom said the stock was too expensive given governance and geopolitical concerns. ]]>
12/12/2019 4:43:00 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends week in red amid Egyptian and Arab selling]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 dropped 0.51 percent, or 68.75 points, to close at 13,358.47 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 declined 0.81 percent, or 15.74 points, to end at 1,920.87 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 decreased 0.16 percent, or 0.86 points, to close at 520.69 points, and the broader index EGX 100 inched down 0.22 percent, or 2.95 points, to 1,360.44 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 3.09 billion, recording LE 686.64 billion, compared to LE 689.73 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 81.59 million shares, traded through 15,442 transactions, with a turnover of LE 476.12 million.

Foreign investors were net buyers at LE 63.53 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers at LE 26.76 million, and LE 36.77 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab, and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 11.04 million, LE 977,493, and LE 2.89 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations sold at LE 15.71 million, and LE 35.79 million, respectively, while foreign organizations bought at LE 66.42 million.

General Company for Land Reclamation, Development & Reconstruction, National Real Estate Bank for Development, and Rakta Paper Manufacturing were top gainers of the session by 6.98 percent, 6.57 percent and 6.05 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Al Arafa for Investment and Consultancies, El Nasr for Manufacturing Agricultural Crops, and Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals were top losers of the session by 6.54 percent, 5.92 percent, and 5.82 percent, respectively

EGX ended Wednesday’s session in red, as EGX30 dipped 0.61 percent, EGX50 decreased 1.10 percent, EGX70 declined 0.96 percent, and EGX100 inched down 0.93 percent.

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12/12/2019 4:14:46 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Multinational students' delegation visits Fustat's Museum ]]>
This came on the sidelines of the students' visit to Egypt to attend the World Youth Forum 2019 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

General Supervisor of the museum Ahmed el-Sherbiny explained that the delegation includes students from India, Indonesia, Senegal, Cambodia, Thailand and Pakistan, and that the museum is always keen to organize such visits as part of the social and educational activities for multinational students.
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Sherbiny further stated that the museum curators took the students on a tour in the museum. The tour included the museum's various exhibition halls, which contain treasures of Egyptian crafts from different ages and that the students expressed their admiration of the museum.

It is worth noting that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is currently finalizing the preparation of two new halls to be opened soon. These are the Royal Mummy Hall, which will receive the royal mummies in a majestic procession during the next few months from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, and the Main Exhibition Hall that spans over an area of 2300 square meters, portraying the most important features of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages, including the prehistoric, Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, Islamic, modern and contemporary civilizations.
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Yerina Yukova, the former director-general of UNESCO, opened a temporary exhibition hall in the museum in 2017 illustrating four traditional crafts in ancient Egyptian history: Jewelry, pottery, fabric, and wood.

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12/12/2019 4:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Is Egypt ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?]]>
It is also essential to understand what this revolution is: its opportunities, challenges and how to benefit from it. Business Today Egypt reviews this topic in an attempt to get an in-depth outlook of the current situation to reach optimally appropriate results that can help define the right path for Egypt.

The Industrial Revolutions

The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now, a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, also often dubbed the ongoing digital revolution. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.



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The 4th Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by the emergence of innovative technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and self-driving vehicles.
A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) defined the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) as the unfolding age of digitalization—from the digitally connected products and services we consume, to advancements in smart cities and factories and increasingly common automation of tasks and services in our homes and at work.

Also known as Industry 4.0, this era of digital transformation ushers in new real-time data gathering, analysis and algorithmic decision- and prediction-making capabilities, thus creating a digital twin of our physical world. 4IR comes on the heels of the third indus-trial revolution (driven by electronics and information technology), the second (fueled by electricity) and the first (fired by steam).

“This Fourth Industrial Revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, argues in his book The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

According to Schwab, the resulting shifts and disruptions entail that we live in a time of great promise and great peril. The world has the potential to connect billions more people to digital networks, dramatically improve the efficiency of organizations and even manage assets in ways that can help regenerate the natural environment, potentially undoing the damage of previous industrial revolutions.

Schwab is also skeptical about whether organizations are able to adapt and if governments could employ and regulate new technologies to capture their benefits, saying that shifting power will create important new security concerns; inequality may grow; and societies fragment.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is within the control of all of us, as long as we are able to collaborate across geographies, sectors and disciplines to grasp the opportunities it presents,” he analyzed.

In particular, Schwab called for leaders and citizens to “together shape a future that works for all by putting people first, empowering them and constantly reminding ourselves that all of these new technologies are first and foremost tools made by people for people.”



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Are we ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

In 2019, PwC conducted research in the U.S., UK, Germany, India, China, and South Korea, with results that when it comes to sharing data, consumers are highly discriminating. Businesses need to assess whether the experience offered is greater than any potential risks consumers assume. For example, consumers are more likely to share personal data in exchange for an improved quality of life and safety than they are to save money.

It also stated that consumers want more transparency and control in 4IR products. Consumers want assurances of how their data will be used, and to be notified when their data is breached. They also want more choice and control over how a 4IR product or service is used.

“Employees are jittery over 4IR’s impact on job security and changing roles. Businesses need to be clearer to workforces on how 4IR will impact cur- rent jobs and create altogether new ones. This will both help allay employee concerns surrounding job security and support successful 4IR adoption strategies,” it added.

In addition, most business leaders believe 4IR can help support against economic downturns. Businesses are looking to 4IR technology as protection from economic slowdowns via greater efficiencies and productivity, as well as new revenue opportunities and accelerated R&D and product development.


The Middle East

In 2016, PwC conducted a Middle East industry 4.0 survey, where key findings included that companies applying 4G technology expected to reduce costs and increase revenues between 2015 and 2020. “In our view, Industry 4.0 is driven by: Digitisation and integration of vertical and horizontal value Chains Industry 4.0 digitises and integrates processes vertically across the entire organisation, from product development and purchasing, through manufacturing, logistics and service,” PwC reports. Among the results is digitisation of product and service offerings; digitisation of products includes the expansion of existing products, e.g. by adding smart sensors or communication devices that can be used with data analytics tools, as well as the creation of new digitised products focusing on completely integrated solutions.

The results also included digital business models and customer access; leading industrial companies also expand their offerings by providing disruptive digital solutions such as complete, data-driven services and integrated platform solutions.

Middle East Key Results


“We found that companies are increasingly focused on digitising essential functions within their internal vertical value chain, as well as with their horizontal partners along the supply chain. In addition, they are enhancing their product portfolio with digital functionalities and introducing innovative, data-based services,” the company added.

As for Gulf countries, PWC states that companies in the region are beginning to embrace them at an increasing rate.

The 4th Industrial Revolution in Egypt

CEO of Industrial Modernisation Centre Amr Taha reviewed Egypt’s initiatives and preparations for the revolution by developing infrastructure and digitizng industrial zones in aims of raising the competitiveness of industrial zones and complexes through improving distribution and management of energy resources (electricity, gas) and water in these areas.

Taha added that the digital gap in Al-Sadat and the 6th of October cities has been evaluated in cooperation with the German Company Siemens, Industrial Development Authority and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).

“There is a plan to establish an excellence center using the fourth generation, in cooperation be- tween the Industrial Modernisation Centre and Siemens, aiming to boost and increase awareness of the importance of automation and digitization of small and medium-sized industrial companies and young entrepreneurs,” he adds.

As for the Industrial Modernisation Centre, it works on qualifying companies operating in the industrial field through digital transformation and technology support, he notes, and the centre prepares them for transformation through the provision of services including Facility Management Systems, diagnostic and corporate readiness studies for digital transformation, as well as providing technical consultancy to companies for digital transformation and automation.

On another note, Head of Unitel Egypt Amir Wassef stated, “before rushing to call for ‘joining’ the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to study its implications and prepare for it now because it is like a sweeping flood that will uproot some economies from their roots.”

Wassef clarifies that the Fourth Industrial Revolution infiltrated us as an inevitable product to meet several techniques of the secretions of the third Industrial Revolution. In this situation, convergence means the fusion of several paths of knowledge into a single crucible, resulting new products. Telephone, PC, cameras and computers all started their lives as independent units and then soon turned into a smartphone, Wassef tells Business Today Egypt.

“It is not different about the repercussions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he states.

The main phenomenon that drives these dynamic developments is the emergence, which occurs due to complex interactions, says Wassef, and the most important characteristic is the difficulty in predicting what will lead to these emerging pat- terns as well as the resulting techniques and con- sequences.

According to Wassef, it is assumed that new technologies and industrial revolutions raise individual living standards, but also cause radical social changes in the societal fabric. “We have seen the days of the collapse of travel industry giant Thomas Cook because of digitalization by companies such as Trivago and Expedia and the losses incurred to taxi drivers by Uber and Careem,” he says.

It is also expected that the gap between the skills required and the business to be done will increase, as demand for advanced education as well as those with low-mental professions increases and the middle class disappears from the fully educated half.

“It is expected that the educational gap will also widen and have both experts from both sides and others; this gap will, in turn, exacerbate income inequality, a phenomenon that has its head on us from now on,” Wasiif clarified.

Wassif stated that replacing labor with smart ma- chines increases the consequences of that gap.

Clearly, the fourth industrial revolution is coming whether we are ready for it or not. According to experts, Egypt is preparing itself for it although it seems like we need to focus and foster its capabilities to fully benefit from such a revolution.


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12/12/2019 3:31:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient Egyptian headwear used for spiritual assistance in afterlife]]>
Archaeologists explained earlier that none of these helmets were found; hence, unearthing two headdresses in the ancient Egyptian city of Tel el-Amarna is an important discovery, according to sciencenews.org.
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Ancient Egyptian headwear each has its own resemblance

Archaeologist Anna Stevens from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia said the first headdress was found in the cemetery of a woman who died in her twenties. The other one was found in a cemetery that contained the skeletal remains of a body whose gender is yet to be determined. The skeletal remains appear to belong to a person that died between the age of 15 to 20.

Stevens explained that scientists expected to find the first headdress in the graves of the elite. Scientists used portable infrared and X-ray devices to study the headdress which was found to be made from beeswax.

Although some researchers speculated that the vertical cones contain animal fats or perfumed wax with a substance such as tree resin, the cones do not contain oily substances or fragrances.

It is believed that the head cone found in Amarna provides spiritual assistance in the afterlife.


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12/12/2019 3:30:02 PM
<![CDATA[Modric shows confidence ahead of round of 16 draw ]]>
The 13-times Champions League winners had a tough start to the competition with a loss against PSG in France and a draw against Club Brugge at home. However, the team bounced back to gain 10 points at the remaining four games to finish runners-up behind PSG.

Finishing second means that Real Madrid is likely to have a draw against one of European Superpowers but the statements coming from Real Madrid dressing room affirms that the opponent is not an issue for Los Blancos.

"Let's see, let's wait. We're happy to have advanced. It doesn't matter who we face, it's going to be hard, whoever it is.” Luka Modric said after the victory in Belgium.

Real Madrid will face one of these five teams who finished group leaders; Liverpool, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Manchester City and Juventus.

The competition’s regulations will prevent Real Madrid from facing teams from same country, Barcelona and Valencia, as well as the team they faced at the group stage, PSG. ]]>
12/12/2019 3:05:11 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform concert at MUST Opera House on Dec. 13]]>
The management of MUST has completed all the preparations for this concert under the guidance of Khaled el-Toukhy, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

It is worth noting that Elissa's concert comes as part of a diverse artistic program prepared by the university in a manner that satisfies all tastes and addresses all ages. A series of concerts are scheduled to be performed by the stars of Egypt and the Arab world.

MUST (Misr University for Science and Technology) has a theater accommodating up to 1200 spectators, equipped with the latest high standard sound, lighting and theater management devices.
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12/12/2019 2:37:26 PM
<![CDATA[Comoros' president hails Egypt’s role to enhance African joint work]]>
Meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Egypt for the first time, Assoumani said that the AfCFTA would contribute to meeting the aspirations of the African peoples toward progress and prosperity, and would help improve investment and two-way trade.

Assoumani has expressed his country’s appreciation for Egypt for its leading role in the African continent, and affirmed keenness to enhance bilateral relations between the two African countries in various fields.

President Sisi, for his part, hailed the historic relations between Egypt and Comoros at the African and Arab levels, as well as the special ties between the peoples of the two states, in light of the large number of students coming from Comoros to study in Egypt.

Sisi stressed willingness to work on boosting trade exchange between Egypt and Comoros.

Sisi has earlier met with many African leaders during the Aswan Forum, including Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, and President Idriss Déby of Chad.

Sisi has focused on the issue of facing terrorism in the Sahel region while holding talks with the African presidents. He highlighted Egypt’s war against terrorism including the fight in Sinai as well as along the western borders with Libya, and affirmed the need to reach a “peaceful” political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Sisi also affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

The Egyptian president opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/12/2019 2:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[Women’s assumption of political posts protect peace agenda: NCW]]>
During a session dubbed "To enhance the role of African women to achieve peace, security and development," as part of the second day of the Aswan Forum held in Egypt, Morsy described the women’s assumption of political posts as a “protection to the peace and security agenda.”

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She affirmed that the political leadership in Egypt has worked to protect women and allow them to participate in peace, security and sustainable development efforts, in Egypt and Africa.

She also noted that Egypt has 18 female officers among peacekeeping forces.

Women reaching decision making positions is the essence of the impact we want; women reaching peace tables is the soft power and sustainability, she said.



President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who attended the session, has hailed the role played by the Egyptian women, who he said “tasked themselves” to take part in the June 30 revolution in 2013, which ousted former President Mohamed Morsi, also leader of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

During his speech, he said millions of Egyptian women took to streets during the June 30 revolution to protect the Egyptian identity.

Although the regime at the time came to power through general elections in 2012, the Egyptian women, after a year, found that their way of ruling would ruin the Egyptian state, Sisi said.

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He added that over 30 million people took to streets in the June 30 revolution, affirming that he appreciates and respects the role of the Egyptian women among those masses.

On July 24 the same year, Sisi asked Egyptians to show up in the streets to give him the authorization to fight terrorism. Sisi, during the session, said Egyptian women escorted their children that day and filled streets, among 35 million Egyptian citizens to affirm support to Sisi, then defense minister, to confront possible violence.

Sisi also praised the Egyptian women’s performance when assuming an administrative work or a government position, saying that their performance is always excellent and is better than that of some men.

Sisi described women as less corrupt and more efficient when taking high-level posts, then said, “there is not any corruption.”

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Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/12/2019 1:50:54 PM
<![CDATA['Cairo Kabul' to be broadcast in Ramadan 2020 ]]>
The new series will be broadcast during the upcoming Ramadan season, as the filming is scheduled to start in January 2020.

The deal with the three stars to star in “Cairo Kabul” was sealed in strict secrecy.

On the other hand, director Hossam Ali continues filming the last scenes of "Shadeed el-Khotoura” (Highly Dangerous). The series will be divided into many parts, each containing seven episodes. It will be exclusively available on WatchiT! digital platform.

“Shadeed el-Khoutoura” stars Riad el-Khouly, Hady el-Gayar, Mahmoud Hegazy, Nahed Roushdy, Hamza el-Ayly, Hosni Sheta and Khaled Kamal. It is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and produced by Synergy.
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12/12/2019 1:22:04 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 18.75B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9.25 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 9.5 billion with a 357-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation for the third consecutive meeting in row by 1 percent or 100 basis points during Thursday's meeting, Nov. 14, matching experts' anticipations.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to be at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates were declined to 12.75 percent from 13.75 percent.

A number of economists said the appeal of foreigners to Egyptian debt instruments would continue even after interest rates were cut.

Experts predict that interest rates on debt instruments will continue to fall due to falling interest rates, especially as they recorded a decline in their latest offer.

The Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the government debt to GDP ratio to 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.
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12/12/2019 1:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[Women took part in 2013 protests to ‘protect Egyptian identity’: Sisi]]>
During his speech at a session dubbed "To enhance the role of African women to achieve peace, security and development," as part of the second day of the Aswan Forum held in Egypt, Sisi said millions of Egyptian women took to streets during the June 30 revolution to protect the Egyptian identity.

Although the regime at the time came to power through general elections in 2012, the Egyptian women, after a year, found that their way of ruling would ruin the Egyptian state, Sisi said.

He added that over 30 million people took to streets in the June 30 revolution, affirming that he appreciates and respects the role of the Egyptian women among those masses.

On July 24 the same year, Sisi asked Egyptians to show up in the streets to give him the authorization to fight terrorism. Sisi, during the session, said Egyptian women escorted their children that day and filled streets, among 35 million Egyptian citizens to affirm support to Sisi, then defense minister, to confront possible violence.

Sisi also praised the Egyptian women’s performance when assuming an administrative work or a government position, saying that their performance is always excellent and is better than that of some men.

Sisi described women as less corrupt and more efficient when taking high-level posts, then said, “there is not any corruption.”

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.
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12/12/2019 12:18:18 PM
<![CDATA[Salah nominated for UCL Goal of the Week award ]]>
Salah’s scored Liverpool's second goal at the game, one minute after Naby Keita’s opener.

The Egyptian dribbled the opponent’s defender and goalkeeper, running away towards the far corner and flicked the ball with his weak foot to find the target from an impossible angle.

Salah’s goal was nominated alongside Houssem Aouar’s magnificent goal against RB Leipzig, Dinamo Zagreb’s Dani Olmo’s goal against Manchester City and Felipe Augusto’s goal for Atletico Madrid against Lokomotiv Moscow.



16 teams from Europe’s biggest five leagues have secured their spots at the prestigious competition’s knockout stage.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are representing England at the knockout stage with the aim to keep the title in England for the second straight year.

The two Madrid clubs, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, suffered during the group stage and reached the second round as group runners-up.

Barcelona and Valencia secured the group top despite playing in two tough groups as Barcelona played alongside Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague while Valencia were drawn with Ajax, Lille and Chelsea.

Germany’s RB Leipzig reached the knock out stages for the first time in the history to represent the German nation alongside the two giants, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Paris Saint Germain and Lyon are carrying the French hopes to win the title for the first time since 1993 when Marseille granted France its first title.

Juventus, Atalanta and Napoli will raise the Italian flag and they hope for bring back the title to Italy for the first time since 2010.

The knockout stage draw will be held on Monday. ]]>
12/12/2019 11:47:57 AM
<![CDATA[Nigerian financial analyst: WYF shows Egypt is good listener to youths ]]>
This year, Akeyewaleis is preparing to participate in the third edition of the forum set to kick off on Dec.14 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Akeyewaleis is a financial analyst and the CEO of TechPlan Africa (techplan.africa), a thriving consulting firm that helps African tech startups write professional business plans and financial models.

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Nigerian business strategist Rilwan Akeyewaleis - Photo courtesy of Rilwan Akeyewaleis


“I am attending the WYF as one of the delegates for the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP), cohort 3. The WYF 2019 is the official opening program for the cohort 3 APLP,” he said in an interview with Egypt Today.

In 2018, Akeyewaleis was a panelist in the workshop titled "The Role of Entrepreneurs and Startups in Global Economic Growth".

“Egypt has an important role to play in the realization of Africa's Agenda 2063. The country is not only beautiful and peaceful; it is also blessed with beautiful and hospitable people. From my discussion with my Egyptian friends, I also discovered that the country is very easy to do business in,” he commented.

Akeyewaleis believe programs like the WYF have shown the rest of Africa, and indeed the entire world that the leadership of Egypt is a good listener to the voice of the young people. “It also convinces foreign investors that the new Africa, under the leadership of President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, is open to, and ready for, investments and partnerships.”

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Nigerian business strategist Rilwan Akeyewaleis - Photo courtesy of Rilwan Akeyewaleis


He explained that, this year, he looks forward to more solution-oriented discussions on issues around economy and trade in Africa, bearing in mind the recent updates in the various economic blocks.

Regarding the themes he is interested in during this edition of the forum, he mentioned Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Women Empowerment and Startup Lab.

Akeyewaleis is a former KPMG associate, a World Economic Forum contributor on AfCFTA, and a Tony Elumelu Foundation alumnus.

About TechPlan, he said “we help African tech startups make better informed decisions, based on tailored, well-researched data. Our team of vastly-experienced professionals have helped tech and tech-enabled African startups raise over $5,000,000 in the last year.”

He further added that part of their plan at TechPlan Africa is to open an office in Cairo to work with startups in the Egyptian ecosystem.
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12/12/2019 11:47:55 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros II says WYF reflects president’s care of youth]]>
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

In an interview with Egypt Today published on Thursday, Pope Tawadros II hailed the forum’s management of theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

He also praised the plans to host Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship, saying that such thoughts all keep up with the times.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA. This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallsni from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.


Additional reporting by Mustafa Marie]]>
12/12/2019 11:24:12 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly’s league winning streak continues ]]>
This victory equaled the club’s best run at the league's history with five victories at the first five weeks.

The two teams had many chances to score at the first half but all attempts were broken by the two defensive lines and the amazing performance from the two goalkeepers.

At the second half, Al-Ahly dominated the game and Ramadan Sobhy granted his team an early lead after he followed Hussein El Shahat’s shot and dribbled two defenders and his shot found the target to make the score 1-0.

El Shahat was the unknown soldier behind the team’s second goal as he provided a wonderful assist to Walid Azarro, giving the Moroccan striker an easy tap-in from close range.

Ahmed El Sheikh scored Al-Ahly’s third goal seconds before the final whistle to secure his team’s comfortable 3-0 victory.

Al-Ahly gained 15 points after five games to secure a temporary lead to the Egyptian League table. ]]>
12/12/2019 10:56:36 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Canadian FMs probe means to promote relations]]>
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said this took place on the sidelines of Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development that kicked off in the morning.

Talks between the two top diplomats covered ways to beef up economic and trade ties with Shoukri expressing his wish for increasing Canadian investments in the Egyptian market, the spokesmen added.

The meeting also took up regional and international issues of mutual concern, especially counterterrorism efforts and the latest developments in the Middle East region, he said.]]>
12/12/2019 10:53:12 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Senegal's president talk cooperation to counter extremism]]>
Meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Egypt for the first time, Sisi affirmed Egypt's readiness to foster bilateral relations with Senegal in various fields, especially trade exchange, investment, developing infrastructure, the provision of technical support, and capacity building, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.

For his part, Sall hailed the continuous progress in the relations between the two African countries,

Sall expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian leadership and people.

During the meeting, the two leaders agreed on enhancing the role of the delegation of Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest religious authority, in Senegal, and granting scholarships to the Senegalese students to study in Egypt. In this regard, Sall hailed the role of Al-Azhar to combat extremist ideology worldwide.

The meeting also discussed the developments of the issues in Africa, especially in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union this year. The two leaders have agreed to continue coordination on these issues, including the situation in West Africa region.

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President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with Senegalese President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development held in Egypt – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
In April this year, President Sisi visited the Senegalese capital of Dakar, where he also met with Sall. Sisi said that he and Sall held “fruitful and in-depth bilateral discussions” that tackled the ways of developing and enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries on political, economic and security levels.

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by Sisi after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/12/2019 10:34:35 AM
<![CDATA[WML Secretary-General honored in UAE’s peace forum]]>
Sheikh Issa received the prize for his efforts to globally promote peace and tolerance, with the presence of the Chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council and the head of the forum Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah.

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The sixth annual assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies took place in Abu Dhabi from December 9th to 11th, 2019. The Forum saw the participation of 45 faith leaders and advocates of tolerance, a number of representatives of the United Nations, decision-makers and influential figures from international civil society organizations and non-profit organisations.

This International prize aims to honor the actions with positive and touching impact on the promotion of peace and tolerance in the world, as named after one of the iconic Islamic figures, the Great companion Al-Hasan ibn Ali.

The organizers of the International Forum for Promoting Peace and Tolerance said that Sheikh Issa is a global person who’s known for his unique academic status and his expertise that Earned him the ability to have influential dialogues and debates with several political and religious establishments in the world.

Sheikh Issa said that the Forum was far-sighted when it picked religions to discuss their role in promoting peace and tolerance, sending a message to all religious and spiritual leaders in order to act according to their ethical responsibility.

He pointed out that forgiveness is an inherent value of Islam, and tolerance begins when patience is shown to understand the difference, then seeking as much as possible to turn the concept of abstract difference into diversity and enrichment.


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12/12/2019 4:07:20 AM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the 108th birthday of iconic Naguib Mahfouz]]>
Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was, by all means, the most disciplined writer ever. He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950s.

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At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred after the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

The controversy came from his design of the character Gebleway a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history, and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterward and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic writer didn’t only write novels and short stories, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks. Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including "Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001."

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995. Also, he was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.

A total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection was published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars). Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.]]>
12/11/2019 10:45:10 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Nigerien president review security challenges in Sahel region]]>
Meeting on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa held in Egypt for the first time, the two leaders discussed these challenges, which have emerged due to the spread of terrorist organizations and the increase in the number of their members.

During the meeting, President Sisi offered condolences to the Nigerian president after an attack on a military camp in Niger close to the border with Mali, which left around 70 soldiers killed, according to Reuters.

As Islamic State-related militants and Al-Qaeda terrorist organization have been responsible for many attacks in the African country, the attack is believed to be of a terrorist nature.

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Sisi, during his speech at the forum, highlighted Egypt’s war against terrorism including the fight in Sinai as well as along the western borders with Libya, and affirmed the need to reach a “peaceful” political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Sisi affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.


Additional reporting by MENA]]>
12/11/2019 10:23:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ready to foster ties with Chad, help economy revival: Sisi]]>
On the sidelines of the first edition of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, Sisi met with President Idriss Déby, where he expressed Egypt’s willingness to contribute to reviving the Chadian economy through the Egyptian companies operating in the African nations, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

Sisi also the readiness to receive more Chadian cadres to be involved in the capacity building programs supervised by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development.

Sisi praised the strong relations between Egypt and Chad in light of Chad’s significant position in the Sahel zone that is directly connected to the Egyptian national security. Sisi affirmed that Déby’s visit represents an important opportunity to foster the bilateral ties.

For his part, Déby expressed his country's mutual aspiration to develop bilateral relations with Egypt at various levels, especially in trade exchange, technical support and joint security and military coordination.

Déby referred to the role of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest religious authority, in promoting cultural ties between the two countries through spreading the tolerant teachings of Islam and confronting extremist ideas.

The Chadian president hailed Egypt's role in contributing to achieving economic development and growth for African countries by organizing and hosting many special economic forums for African nations. He added that this would encourage opportunities to attract foreign investment to the continent.

The two leaders, during the meeting, also discussed developments in the region, as well as joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology.

They both agreed on continuing consultation and joint coordination on regional issues, including the Sahel-related issues, especially in light of the Egyptian chairmanship of the African Union this year.

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Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.


Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff]]>
12/11/2019 9:19:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt fights terrorism in Sinai and along borders with Libya]]>
During his speech on Wednesday at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa held in Egypt, Sisi affirmed the need for the African nations to respond collectively against terrorism.

Concerning the Libyan crisis, Sisi said that hopefully, a “peaceful” political solution would be reached in Libya within few months, adding that the source of terrorism would be dramatically ended.

Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.

A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.]]>
12/11/2019 8:16:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Marriott Hotel celebrates 150 Years of Royal Hospitality of El Gezira Palace ]]>
In the heart of the Palace over 1,000 distinguished guests among which were ambassadors, celebrities, public figures, key Marriott International management and owning company (EGOTH) chairman were present to celebrate 150 years of royal hospitality.

Upon entering the Palace guests travelled back in time to the year 1869 where they were welcomed by Khedive Ismail, Empress Eugenie and the Royal Entourage.

Greeting guests were hotel General Manager Mr. Jürgen Sterkau, Chairman and Managing Director for EGOTH Mr. Sherif Bendary, Senior Director of Operations Marriott International MEA Mr. Nader Ibrahim in addition to the hotel’s Executive Committee members. Salon Eugenie was a museum showing antiquities from the 19th century.

When the time was right, the walls of the palace spoke for themselves telling the story of El Gezira Palace projected through a video on the Palace’s exterior followed by fireworks to set the celebration
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The festivities continued when star performer Ramy Ayachlit the stage, taking guests to a whole different mood. The Cairo Marriott Hotel culinary team pampered guests with array of delicacies and savory surprises.

After 150 years of royal hospitality, El Gezira Palace continues to be a historical landmark for Egyptians offering guests exceptional opportunities to create memorable stories while enjoying exquisite services.

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12/11/2019 6:11:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt keen to develop cooperation with Vietnam: minister]]>
This came during the talks the minister held here on Wednesday with a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam and his accompanying delegation.

Sharaawy lauded the great progress that Vietnam achieved at the economic and development levels through the country's modernization experience.

The two sides discussed prospects of cooperation in several domains, particularly in the decentralization experience and creating job opportunities as well as training and qualifying local cadres.

The talks touched on activating the fraternity agreement between Luxor and a Vietnamese city and supporting the Vietnamese presence in the African continent in light of Egypt's current chairmanship of the African Union.

The Vietnamese official asserted his country's keenness on beefing up joint investments in all economic fields, noting that Hanoi seeks to promote trade exchange with Cairo as well as to address the current trade imbalance.

Vietnam attaches importance to importing several Egyptian products, he stressed. ]]>
12/11/2019 5:25:54 PM
<![CDATA[Trading on Rameda starts Wednesday]]>
“Trading commenced on Rameda (RMDA.CA) with a celebration of company number 215 on EGX’s main market platform. in the presence of Rameda’s management, EGX’s Chairman Mohamed Farid Saleh and EGX management,” EGX said in a statement.

EGX added public and private offering covered 376,60 million shares representing 48.99 percent of the company’s total shares with a price of LE 4.66/share and with a total value of LE 1,754,983,960; LE 1.6 billion for private placement and LE87.7 million for public placement.

“The IPO resulted in allocating 18.83 million shares representing 5 percent of the total shares offered, while the private placement allocated 357,77 million shares representing 95 percent,” it clarified, adding that the private placement was oversubscribed by 1.2 times and the IPO by 36 times.

Farid welcomed the company number 215 to EGX’s platform, stressing that EGX’s management is working to improve the trading environment and simplify the listing procedures to enhance liquidity and raise the efficiency and depth of the Egyptian Capital Market.

Farid added that EGX’s management continues to provide all forms of support to the companies aiming for financing and growth.

CEO of Rameda Pharmaceuticals Amr Morsi expressed his pride in the result of the offering and joining EGX, which is a vital achievement in the company's growth plan and an endorsement of the company’s value in the market. He thanked his colleagues and all the parties responsible for the successful implementation of the company's offering.

Since 2011, the company has embarked on an ambitious expansion strategy, resulting in positioning Rameda Pharmaceuticals among the leading pharmaceutical companies in the Egyptian market.


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12/11/2019 5:12:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt receives $70B on its int’l bond issuance]]>
Amer added in his speech at the Egypt-UAE Business Forum that the volume of requests received on these issues reached nearly $70 billion. He said that confidence in the Egyptian economy increased significantly during the last period, which was demonstrated by the demand for international issuances, the last of which was the launch of bonds for a period of up to 40 years.

Amer continued that the key to attracting investment is solving the liquidity crisis, transferring profits and providing complete freedom when it comes to financial flows.

The CBE governor explained that Egypt's growth rate is one of the highest in the world, which attracted investment. Amer stressed that the economic reform program led by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi pushed the economy forward and contributed to its growth and development.

In another context, Amer pointed out that banks in Egypt now give returns on the rights of shareholders, at rates ranging from 30 to 40 percent, and sometimes reaching 50 percent. “These returns give a positive message about investment opportunities in Egypt, and contribute to easily increase money flows to the banking sector,” he stated.





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12/11/2019 5:08:43 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time, Ahlam sings in Egyptian dialect]]>
Ahlam said in statements to Oman Radio on the sidelines of her concerts at the Royal Opera House in Muscat that she communicated with many Egyptian poets to collaborate with them on the album, noting that she will hold sessions to finish the album soon.

The famed Emirati star emphasized that through her singing in the Egyptian dialect she will deliver a message describing the state of the Egyptian society, explaining that it will be a token of love for her Egyptian fans.

Ahlam has recently released the song “Ana Ma Astaghna Anak” (I Cannot Do Without You), written by Mansour al-Balawi, composed by Nasser al-Saleh and distributed by Khaled Ezz.

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12/11/2019 5:04:03 PM
<![CDATA[Iconic Arabic language scholar Mahmoud Hegazy dies on Dec. 11]]>
“Farewell to one of the most important symbols of Egyptian culture and the pride of scholars and thinkers. The one who has exerted great efforts to serve the Arabic language around the world,” said Abdel Dayem.

“He was also an ambassador for Al-Dhad language and sought for decades to confirm the Egyptian cultural leadership,” resumed the minister.

Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy was also a member of the Arabic Language Academy and worked as a professor of linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. Additionally, he served as the first head of the National Library and Documentation House from 1994-1997, after it became a separate entity from the General Egyptian Book Organization.

The late iconic writer wrote numerous enriching books, including “Arabic Throughout the Centuries”, “Arabic language: Renewal Issues And Future Prospects”, “Language Political Trends”, “Language And The Contemporary World”, among others.

The late prominent writer also participated in preparing the German-Arabic dictionary. In recognition of his scientific endeavors, he was awarded a number of honors and awards, including the Federal Order of Merit of the first class from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997, Appreciation Award from Cairo University in Humanities in 1998, State Appreciation Award for Arts in 2000, Honorary Doctorate as a Professor in the International University and International Languages from Kazakhstan in 2004, Presidential Shield from the president of Kazakhstan in 2013 and last but not least, King Faisal’s International Award for Arabic Language and Literature 2019.

Farewell, Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy.

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12/11/2019 5:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Show Theatre to produce Mekki's 'Hazalqoum' ]]>
Director and producer Magdy el-Hawary, co-founder of Cairo Show Theatre, expressed his happiness with presenting Hazalqoum in a theatrical work, emphasizing that the character is very rich and provides a fertile material for comedy. Hawary claims the character will achieve great success on theater; the same way it succeeded in cinema and television.

“I chose the character of Hazalqoum to lead the play because it is very intriguing. This character always made me and everyone around me laugh,” commented Hawary.

The play is directed by Karim Samy, described by Hawary as one of the most successful graduates of Cairo Show Theater.

Besides Mekki, the play stars Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Salam and Mohamed Mahmoud.




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12/11/2019 4:42:53 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Wednesday in red, market cap. loses LE 5B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 dropped 0.61 percent, or 81.8 points, to close at 13,427.22 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 declined 1.10 percent, or 21.55 points, to end at 1,936.61 points

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 decreased 0.96 percent, or 5.03 points, to close at 521.55 points, and the broader index EGX 100 inched down 0.93 percent, or 12.81 points, to 1,363.39 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 5.01 billion, recording LE 689.73 billion, compared to LE 694.75 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 635.59 million shares, traded through 18,840 transactions, with a turnover of LE 635.59 million.

Egyptian investors were net buyers at LE 77.31 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 6.36 million, and LE 70.95 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab, and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 40.65 million, LE 2.02 million, and LE 70.94 million, respectively.

Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 4.16 million, and LE 67.32 million, respectively, while Egyptian organizations bought at LE 117.97 million.

Atlas For Investment and Food Industries, Mena Touristic & Real Estate Investment, and Nasr Company for Civil Works were top gainers of the session by 8.06 percent, 6.76 percent and 5.42 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, October Pharma, Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals, and Universal For Paper and Packaging Materials (Unipack) were top losers of the session by 9.59 percent, 8.12 percent, and 5.66 percent, respectively

EGX ended Tuesday’s session in green, as EGX30 rose 0.49 percent, EGX50 increased 0.65 percent, EGX70 hiked 0.67 percent, and EGX100 inched up 0.52 percent.

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12/11/2019 3:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[50,000 artifacts safely placed in GEM’s store]]>
Director General of the Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas revealed that two more pieces will be transferred to the museum. Abbas said that the transportation of artifacts from various sites and museums will continue until the museum’s exhibition cases are full.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.
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Abbas further added that the museum also includes a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.

In its halls, the museum will display the entire treasures of King Tutankhamun for the first time in one place, in addition to breathtaking ancient Egyptian treasures all around the museum.
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One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

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CAIRO - 9 December 2019: On Dec. 9, the Grand Egyptian Museum received 309 artifacts dating back to different eras. Among them were 64 heavy artifacts transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. The artifacts were transferred amid the tight security measures of the Tourism and Antiquities Police and the Security Forces.






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12/11/2019 3:36:32 PM
<![CDATA[Socks reveal ingenuity of ancient Egyptians]]>
Archaeologists explained that Egyptian socks date back to the third or fourth century and were found by English papyrus scientist John Johnson in the period between 1913 and 1914 in the Egyptian city of Antinoopolis, according to ancient origins website.

Archaeologists indicated that using different wavelengths, color analysis revealed that the socks were made of wool yarn of seven colors woven into a striped pattern and dyed with three natural plant dyes, including red plant leaves and yellow-colored flowers.
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The study shows how the colors were mixed to obtain the green, purple and orange shades. Also, scientists discovered that fibers of different colors were woven together and that some of the istrands have been subjected to multiple dye baths.

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Researchers believe that the discovered sock may have been worn by a child in 1700 BC, adding that the ancient Egyptians used the mono needle, which is often referred to as nalbinding, to separate the big toe from the other four toes.

The sock analysis yielded new visions of the time period in which Egypt witnessed a massive revolution that ended with the Islamic conquest of the region in the year 641 AD.

The study explained that the global events that occurred in Egypt at that time affected trade and economy. This is reflected in the artistic composition of people's clothes and the different designs they created.


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12/11/2019 3:31:10 PM
<![CDATA[Caricatures that wrap it up]]>
No words are needed, just use your imagination and see where it takes you!

Al-Jazira Saudi Newspaper:

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Hassan Nasrallah causing havoc in Lebanon and the region.

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This caricature mocks Erdogan's greed in the region.

Erdogan has his eyes on Egypt's natural gas resources, however, all he can do is keep dreaming!

Al-Itihad Emirati Newspaper:

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Iraqis revolt against heavy artillery shouting "Death or dishonor!"

Middle East News Agency:

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Hezbollah and Iran's evil intentions in Lebanon and the region, getting their financial resources from Iran

Al-Riyadh Nespaper:

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Al Riyadh Newspaper caricature showing Iran trying to reach the top through any means, especially unethical methods!

Al-Itihad Emirati Newspaper:

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The world welcoming a man who got rid of his fanatic religious mindset, ridding himself from the dark forces, happily returning to life
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12/11/2019 3:16:46 PM
<![CDATA[History teacher in Assiut walks an extra mile for his students]]>(tarboosh), a white mustache, and a stick, the history teacher stood in front of the students of Nasser School in Assiut telling them about Saad Zaghloul’s life and upbringing and how he led the 1919 revolution.

It is a hoax invented by school teacher Khaled Hashem in the hope that students' thinking will shift from memorizing to understanding and broadening their perception.

Hashem told Egypt Today, "In the beginning, the idea was approved by some, while others rejected it, but those who supported me were the school administration and my colleagues. Afterwards, I started developing the idea and buying uniforms of leaders and historical figures."

“I first personified the character of Muhammad Ali Pasha and the students were very happy, which encouraged me to continue embodying the characters; then I embodied Ahmed Orabi and Saad Zaghloul,” he added.

“The students have come to treat me as the historical figure they want to ask about, not Khaled Hashem, the history teacher,” he continued.

On the cost of clothes and makeup, Hashem said that it is pricy, saying that sometimes he buys clothes or sends them to a tailor to fix them. "I hope I receive support from the school's activities and trips department, as I want to take students to the historical areas mentioned in the curriculum, which will be extremely fun for history lovers.”

Hashem emphasized that it is possible to transfer this idea to other materials like the Arabic language, where characters such as Naguib Mahfouz, Taha Hussein and other figures can be embodied.

Students confirmed they prefer Hashem's way to the traditional methods of teaching, stressing that they now enjoy attending the history class.

Dalia Alfons, the school principal, added that this method has greatly helped to reduce the percentage of absence, especially in the third grade of secondary stage.

For his part, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Salah Fathi praised Hashem's efforts to develop his teaching method and innovate to keep pace with modern educational programs, which comes in line with the plan of the Ministry of Education under the leadership of Minister of Education Tareq Shawky.

In 2017, people posted on Facebook some pictures of a history and geography teacher in Cairo named Haitham el-Sebaei, who asked his students to wear appropriate clothes for each historical character they are discussing.]]>
12/11/2019 2:45:52 PM
<![CDATA[Local Development min. dismisses heads of Marj, Helwan districts]]>
The minister appointed Khaled Abdel-Aal, the governor of Cairo, as secretary and acting chief of Helwan district and appointed the secretary of al-Marj district as acting chief of the district. The minister gave both officials 15 days to fix the crisis.

The governor of Cairo also gave the cleaning companies in al-Marj and Helwan a period of 10 days to improve services in the streets.

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12/11/2019 2:41:18 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Mobile Services Wins the World’s 1st batch of ISO/IEC 27701:2019 Certification]]>
Provided by Huawei to its end users, Huawei Mobile Services is a kind of digital life service which involves diverse scenarios including smart household, sports & health, mobile office, smart travel, and entertainment. While earnestly serving users, Huawei Mobile Services has always adhered to its core value of “privacy is the fundamental right of users” following its tenet of privacy protection.

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Huawei Mobile Services won the world’s first batch of ISO/IEC 27701 certification - Press photo

Keeping in strict accordance with local laws and regulations, Huawei Mobile Services always adopts the industry leading security technologies with privacy protection as the cornerstone for its product design, and is devoted to offering users safe yet pleasant digital life services through its self-developed smart products like Huawei Cloud, Huawei Hi Assistant, Huawei App Store, Huawei Wallet, Huawei Skytone, Huawei Video, Huawei Music, Huawei Reading, Huawei Theme and Life Services.

In August 2019, ISO and IEC officially released ISO/IEC 27701:2019 privacy information management system, an extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 for privacy information management.

This document provides private companies, government entities, not-for-profit organizations and other social organizations with a complete set of methods for personal data processing and a framework for privacy information management from multiple dimensions as organization governance, legal compliance, process specification, information technology, supervision and audit. It is also the world’s most authoritative, strictest, most widely accepted and applied PIMS to date.

It is the common concern in the industry that ISO/IEC 27701:2019 may become a de facto standard for organizations in personal data protection, and may be used for proving the compliance with global privacy regulations including GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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Huawei Mobile Services won the world’s first batch of ISO/IEC 27701 certification - Press photo

Huawei Mobile Services has won successive awards in security certification, evidenced by ISO/IEC27001 and CSA Star security certification in 2015, and ISO /IEC 27018 privacy standard certification in October 2019. This time, Huawei becomes the first batch of cloud service providers winning ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, vividly proving that Huawei Mobile Services has gained great recognition from international authoritative organizations thanks to its outstanding performance in user privacy protection.

With its design, R&D, operation, maintenance and other links continuously optimized, Huawei Mobile Services has formed mature personal information protection system and reached the world leading level in privacy management, transparency, and legal compliance of personal information. After winning the ISO/IEC 27701 certification, Huawei Mobile Services will keep following strict management and technical standards for effective implementation.

For more information about privacy policies and technologies of Huawei Mobile Services, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/privacy/whitepaper/]]>
12/11/2019 2:16:55 PM
<![CDATA[Industry min. urges laying down new road map for Egypt-UAE economic partnership]]>
Addressing the first edition of the Egyptian-UAE trade and investment forum, he said there is ongoing coordination with UAE officials to promote industrial partnerships.

The convocation of the joint business council offers a chance for reviewing vistas of future cooperation, highlighting the role of businessmen in this respect.

He added that the Egyptian government is adopting a strategy that encourages private sector investments, noting that it also works on activating trade agreements with many countries.

The minister noted that continued coordination and cooperation between Egypt and the UAE positively affected trade exchange between the two countries.

The volume of trade exchange between the two sides reached $3 billion in 2018 with Egyptian exports standing at $1.9 billion.]]>
12/11/2019 2:08:16 PM
<![CDATA[Washington keen on pumping investments into Egypt: US delegation]]>
The delegation, during a meeting with Investment Minister Sahar Nasr, lauded the current national projects in Egypt, saying they provide a chance for setting up big economic partnership between Cairo and Washington.

Dana Tyrone Rohrabache, former member of the House of Representatives and former president of 'Friends of Egypt" group, was among the delegation.

The US investments in Egypt total $22.8 billion.

Rohrabache said many US companies are planning to invest their money in building factories for the production of environment-friendly plastic and building materials]]>
12/11/2019 2:05:25 PM
<![CDATA[UAE envoy: Egypt enjoys good investment opportunities]]>
Addressing the Egypt-UAE Forum for Trade and Investment, he added that the industrial sector is one of the major fields for increasing investments and enhancing joint cooperation.

Egypt is a strategic partner of the UAE while the UAE is one of the most important 10 trade partners of Egypt at the world level, he pointed out.

The two countries, he noted, are seeking to enhance joint cooperation through signing joint agreements and protocols that exceeded 50 in number.

The Egyptian government is exerting much efforts for improving the investment atmosphere through upgrading infrastructure and amending laws regulating investment in the country, he added. ]]>
12/11/2019 2:02:34 PM
<![CDATA[3 manufacturing MoUs signed with Belarus ]]>
Both ministers witnessed the signing of three MoUs between the companies of the Military Production State Ministry and Belarusian companies. An MoU was signed by Military Factory 200 and Amkodor, which manufactures loaders and heavy equipment needed for construction works and road pavement. The MoU states that the latter would transfer to the former the manufacturing technology adopted in the sector.

An MoU was signed by Factory 999, Bobruisk Agromash, and the Egyptian Agriculture Development Co. to produce and distribute agricultural equipment. Another MoU involved Factory 999 and RUE “Vitebskenergo” in the sector of greenhouse establishment.

Minister Assar and the Belarusian delegation also discussed updates on the existing partnerships as Factory 999 jointly produces lorries with Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), which also collaborates with Factory 909 in manufacturing diesel engines and train engines.

Both parties agreed to get involved in export targeting African and Arab markets given the many trade agreements Egypt is part of. Furthermore, the Belarusian side expressed eagerness to transfer technology and offer training to the Egyptian side, praising the capabilities of the ministry’s companies.
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12/11/2019 1:51:54 PM
<![CDATA[African leaders stress security, development across African continent]]>
Inaugurated on Wednesday, the conference is taking place with the presence of a number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials.

The aim of the two-day conference is to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Furthermore, the Egyptian leader expressed optimism about the future of the African continent, despite all the challenges and difficulties facing it.

He pointed out that in 2013, Egypt was facing many challenges, including civil war and terrorism, “and we had two options, the first is to confront terrorism and stop development, or give up facing terrorism and look for development, but we moved in the two tracks, therefore, Africa should mainly focus on achieving sustainable development and boosting regional security.

Chadian president Idriss Déby stressed during his speech the necessity to finding real solutions for problems that face the African continent, especially poverty and sustainable development.

He further stressed that terrorist organizations in Africa are a scourge that must be eliminated through collaborative efforts.

He also said Sahel countries dedicate around 18-32% to security efforts.

This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.

Day-one activities includes workshops on "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda", “The Africa We Want: Sustaining Peace, Security & Development” and "Twenty-One Strategies Later: Why is Sustainable Peace and Development in the Sahel Still Elusive?”.

Senegal's President Macky Sall, during his speech, said the African continent is advancing towards its development path despite the difficulties, and is able to find solutions to its problems, including its security problems.

Sall opened the International Forum on Peace and Security in Dakar last week calling for the UN Security Council to agree to a stronger mandate for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

French President Emmanuel Macron last week promised to improve security in the region after meeting with the presidents of Chad, Niger and Mali.

Sall pointed out that Washington agreements are not suitable for Africa, and therefore “we demand long-term resources to eradicate poverty in Africa as we are developing the continent.”

Nigerien president Mahamadou Issoufou also asserted that no development can be achieved without ensuring security, Africa has 20% of the world's population, and after 40 years from now it will represent 40% of the world’s population, indicating that other continents do not have this population growth, which constitutes a priority that the African continent can count on in achieving means of development.

African countries must achieve a growth rate in excess of 24% in order to achieve the minimum growth rate of 7% and achieve development aspirations as the African Agenda 2063 aims in addition to attracting investments to the African continent, according to Issoufou.]]>
12/11/2019 1:48:57 PM
<![CDATA[Nobel 'peace laureate' defends genocide against Rohingya Muslims]]>
Investigators working for the United Nations’ human rights agency said Monday Myanmar’s army chief and other top commanders should be prosecuted for genocide against the country’s ethnic-Rohingya Muslims.

Addressing a bench of 17 judges from around the world, 74-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed the conflict on an uprising by separatist insurgents.

Her speech to the UN’ highest tribunal came on the second day of an emergency legal hearing convened to consider whether protective “provisional measures” should be imposed to prevent further killings and destruction in Myanmar.

The charge that Myanmar’s military carried out mass murder, rape and destruction of Rohingya Muslim communities has been raised by the Gambia.

Speakers for Gambia detailed the evidence gathered by the UN and other groups that security forces shot hundreds of Rohingya in their homes, killed children and infants, and gang-raped women during a military campaign in 2017.



More than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh as a result of the campaign, which forms a major part of the genocide case.

“I stand before you to awaken the conscience of the world and to arouse the voice of the international community,” said Abubacarr Tambadou, Gambia’s justice minister, who was a prosecutor in cases relating to the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s and is leading his country’s lawsuit against Myanmar. “We ask: Why? Why is the world standing by and allowing such horrors again in our lifetime?”

Myanmar’s government has dismissed reports of mass violence and accused the U.N. fact-finding team and human rights groups of being biased and exaggerated.

Gambia filed the case on behalf of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which says its mission is to protect the interests of Muslims. The court is expected to rule on the issue of provisional measures within 30 days of the close of the hearings, according to Paul Reichler, a lawyer for Gambia in the case. ]]>
12/11/2019 1:28:28 PM
<![CDATA["The Africa we want" to be only reaching via strong, promising youth: Environment min]]>
This came on Wednesday during her chairmanship of the "Africa Day" session in the UN Climate Change Conference.

The youth are the real hope for all the states of Africa, Fouad said.

Fouad asserted Egypt's pioneering role in Africa via the initiatives launched in the field of renewable energy and the initiative of adaptation in Africa which was launched by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. (]]>
12/11/2019 1:23:45 PM
<![CDATA[Rapist of 20-month old girl executed Wednesday ]]>
In 2017, the General Prosecution referred Ibrahim Mahmoud, 35, to the criminal court. Following numerous sessions, the court referred the defendant to the Grand Mufti, a standard procedure that seeks taking the religious authority’s approval on sentencing a defendant to death.

On June 1, 2017, the court announced sentencing Mahmoud to death. The defendant appealed the verdict a few days later. However, the Cassation Court upheld the death sentence against Mahmoud on Nov. 7.

Activists argue that sexual abuse against children is always under-reported, and the statistics can widely vary as children victims are harder to speak out. A study carried out in 2009, found that 7.9 percent of men and 19.7 percent of women suffered sexual abuse before the age of 18.

The study could conclude the statistics after it had analyzed 65 articles covering 22 countries, according to the study’s results. The study was carried out by Noemi Pereda, Georgina Guilera, Maria Forns, and Juana Gomez-Benito.
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12/11/2019 12:36:06 PM
<![CDATA[Salah leads Liverpool to the knockout stage by an amazing goal]]>
Liverpool visited Salzburg on Tuesday at the Red Bull Arena in the sixth round of the Champions League for Group E.

The goals of the match were scored by Nabi Keita and Mohamed Salah in the 57th and 58th minutes.

That goal became the 200th goal for the Egyptian and Liverpool winger during his career without counting the non-international goals.

Liverpool raised their score to 13 points to top the group and continue successfully defending their title.

As for Napoli, they raised their score to 12 points, ending in the second place after Liverpool by beating Genk 4-0.

Salzburg came third with seven points to convert to the European League.

In the fourth and last place, the Belgian Genk came with only one point.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp praised what his striker Mohamed Salah presented to Salzburg in the Champions League, after he led the team to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.

Klopp told reporters after the meeting: "Salah scored his goal among the most difficult opportunities available to him."]]>
12/11/2019 12:28:48 PM
<![CDATA[Confidence coach: World Youth Forum's goals divinely align with my career ]]>
She considers the World Youth Forum, which is set to kick off on Dec. 14, a great opportunity that will bring a strong beam of light to Egypt and more people will tap into its greatness.

“I am currently working on a huge global youth project for the emancipation of the mind. While I was conducting research about different African organizations we can collaborate with, I came across WYF,” she said in an interview with Egypt Today.

On her expected participation in the forum, Brown said she looks forward to meeting and getting to understand the perspective of her peers from around the globe, and that she envisions herself evolved to heights higher than her wildest imagination due to the positive energy in the space alone.

“I've always viewed Egypt as an Empire. A sacred place where my ancestors were born and worked hard to get me where I am today,” she continued.

Brown went on to explain the role played by the media in framing Africa, saying that the media leads us to believe that African countries like Egypt are not a place filled with excellence, brilliance, and love.

She added, “the reason why they try to deter us from visiting Egypt is because they understand the true power that lays within. As for myself, I can't wait to experience the truth!”

She also praised WYF’s agenda, as well as the perspective-changing workshops for all youths. From the forum’s themes, she is most interested in women empowerment, because as she says, "Women run the world, and the first workshop I will attend is called 'The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Future of Youth Skills' and I am sure it will be fruitful."

Brown’s work is to assist people with mastering their lives by helping them key into self-awareness, overcome limiting fears, and exude confidence on a daily basis. “My mission is to rebuild the black community beginning with the emancipation of our minds,” she said, adding that she places most interest in youth.

“I honestly feel that this entire forum is divinely aligned with everything I'm doing with my life and career so I expect to learn many things at every moment,” she concluded.
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12/11/2019 12:18:59 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan army spokesman: GNA prepares Mitiga Airport to receive Turkish vehicles]]>
In statements to Al Arabiya TV channel on Wednesday, Mesmari said the Turkish support to militias in Tripoli has turned from being secret to public.

He asserted that the Libyan army is fighting a regional battle and not a local one.

Mesmari remarks coincided with news about the Libyan army preparations to enter Tripoli. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan announced on Tuesday that his country was ready to offer military support to militias loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Libyan parliament, for its part, condemned Erdogan statements about sending troops to Libya, calling on the Arab League to activate the joint Arab defense agreement and urged the League to convene an urgent session to take an action to stand against the Turkish invasion of Libya.]]>
12/11/2019 12:16:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Montenegro in talks over military cooperation]]>
Assar reiterated Egypt's keenness on furthering cooperation with Montenegro and exchanging expertise in the manufacturing domain.

The two sides discussed possible cooperation in the manufacturing of arms and ammunition.

Assar expounded the ministry's role in meeting the needs of the Armed Forces and police and manufacturing civilian products to contribute to the development of the country.

Montenegro's defense minister lauded the manufacturing potentials of the Ministry of Military Production and its role in meeting the growing needs of the Armed Forces.

He underlined the importance of the role played by Egypt to fight terrorism in the region.

He lauded economic progress that was achieved in Egypt as a result of economic reforms that were applied five years ago.

They agreed to exchange visits between representatives of the two countries' military production companies.

The Montenegro minister was invited to take part in the second edition of EDEX 2020, the only international defense expo in the region.]]>
12/11/2019 12:15:15 PM
<![CDATA[Lavrov says discussed with Trump situation in Arab Gulf]]>
He made the remarks in a press conference at the Russian embassy in Washington following a meeting with Trump.

"We talked today about the fact that it's necessary to take some steps to prevent the crisis in the [Arabian] Gulf from aggravating and to take some steps in relations with the problems that have arisen because of the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program," Lavrov told journalists in Washington.

As for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), he reiterated that Russia was ready both to extend the New START and to work with the US on any possible ways to upgrade the framework.

"We have offered Washington to consider any options to extend the agreement," Lavrov told journalists after the meeting with Trump.]]>
12/11/2019 12:11:56 PM
<![CDATA[Arab parl't condemns Brazalian MP's visit to Israeli settlements in W.Bank]]>
In a statement on Wednesday, Salami deemed this visit as a blatant violation of international law and legitimacy resolutions, saying it will encourage the Israeli side to proceed with its policy of illegally seizing lands by force from the Palestinians and establishing settlements on them.

Salami sent a letter to the chairman of the National Congress of Brazil to express his rejection of Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro's visit to Israel's Psagot settlement, which is built on the occupied Palestinian territories.

He also deemed this action as a clear breach of UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) that termed Israel's settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories "illegal." ]]>
12/11/2019 12:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[UAE envoy: Egypt enjoys good investment opportunities]]>
Addressing the Egypt-UAE Forum for Trade and Investment, he added that the industrial sector is one of the major fields for increasing investments and enhancing joint cooperation.

Egypt is a strategic partner of the UAE while the UAE is one of the most important 10 trade partners of Egypt at the world level, he pointed out.

The two countries, he noted, are seeking to enhance joint cooperation through signing joint agreements and protocols that exceeded 50 in number.

The Egyptian government is exerting much efforts for improving the investment atmosphere through upgrading infrastructure and amending laws regulating investment in the country, he added. ]]>
12/11/2019 11:54:52 AM
<![CDATA[Over 50 people wounded in explosion near Bagram airbase]]>
The explosion happened in Jan Qadam area of Bagram district about 6:00 a.m. (local time) and clashes occurred between foreign troops and attackers close to Bagram airbase after the explosion, said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Wahid Shahkar.

Residents said that a "big explosion" happened in the area and it also damaged nearby houses.

In the meantime, Abdul Shakoor Qudousi, Bagram district governor said that "seven attackers were engaged with security forces" and that "four vehicles holding explosives were used and two detonated."

"The explosion was very heavy and surprised the people as it was very early," said Qudousi. He added that "the attackers were hidden in a non-active hospital building and clashed with security forces."

"The target was Bagram airbase," he added.

Resolute Support in a statement said that "Enemy Forces conducted an attack on Bagram airfield this morning, targeting a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base."

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.]]>
12/11/2019 11:52:00 AM
<![CDATA[Macron calls for immediate release of French nationals held in Iran]]>
"On Human Rights Day, my thoughts go to Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, our compatriots held in Iran, and their families," Macron said on Twitter.

"Their imprisonment is intolerable. They must be freed without delay. I told President Rouhani, I repeat it here," he wrote.

Paris reported the arrest of Marchal, a senior researcher at Science-Po university, in mid-October, while his Franco-Iranian colleague Adelkhah has been in prison in Iran since June.]]>
12/11/2019 11:47:25 AM
<![CDATA[Afghan suicide blast kill one, injure dozens in key U.S. base]]>
The attack comes as Washington seeks to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban militants who control more territory than at any point since being ousted from power by coalition forces in 2001.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but a provincial official said the casualties were all Afghans.

Two attackers detonated vehicles laden with explosives at the southern entrance to the base, while five opened fire. It was not immediately clear how many of the five gunmen were killed, Shahkar said.

Following the attack, a medical base being built was badly damaged, but the assault was quickly contained and repelled, according to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.]]>
12/11/2019 11:41:11 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Belarus sign 3 agreements, says diplomat]]>
Three cooperation agreements have been inked in the fields of manufacturing agricultural equipment, the production of silos and manufacturing of crane components, Terentiev told MENA.

He said that Utupin, during his visit to Egypt over the past three days, held talks with Minister of Military Production Mohamed el Assar on boosting industrial and trade cooperation between the two countries.

Utupin also visited the industrial zone in east Port Said and met with Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Yahia Zaki, the diplomat added. ]]>
12/11/2019 11:33:45 AM
<![CDATA[Rouhani says Iran will overcome U.S. sanctions]]>
Rouhani further added that Tehran will not cross its "red lines" in any talks with Washington.

"The government is determined to defeat (the enemy) by bypassing America's sanctions ... or through various means including talks, but we will not cross our red lines," Iran's ISNA news agency quoted Rouhani as saying. 
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12/11/2019 11:32:14 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi opens Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa]]>
A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.

The event brings together heads of state and government, representatives from regional and international organizations and financial institutions, members of the private sector and civil society, and scholars and experts for action-oriented and forward-looking discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities for Africa in the years ahead.

The Aswan Forum is the first of its kind platform in Africa to address the interlinkages between peace and development, and champion Africa-led solutions, through strengthening the policies-practices linkages.

This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.

Day-one activities includes workshops on "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda", “The Africa We Want: Sustaining Peace, Security & Development” and "Twenty-One Strategies Later: Why is Sustainable Peace and Development in the Sahel Still Elusive?”.

The second day of the forum will include workshops on advancing African women’s contribution to peace, security and development, supporting the transition process in Sudan, and forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa]]>
12/11/2019 11:29:38 AM
<![CDATA[Mbappe to leave PSG next summer: Marca]]>
The report said that Paris Saint-Germain is strongly trying to renew the player's contract with them for a long time, but Mbappe wants to leave during the next summer and is not interested in renewing the contract.

The report alluded to the fact that the 2018 World Cup champion with France does not feel happy in Paris Saint-Germain, but rather showed his anger when he was replaced against Montpellier in the French League and even ignored his coach, Thomas Tuchel.

And "Marca" indicated that the player is waiting for a big summer because Real Madrid is preparing to spend a lot of money to include him next summer.

Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco a year after the loan that cost the first 35 million euros, and then he paid 145 million euros to join him with a contract that runs until the summer of 2022.

Mbappe, who is 20 years old, participated in 15 games in all competitions this season, during which he scored 12 goals and assisted 5 others.]]>
12/11/2019 10:38:00 AM
<![CDATA[Shikabala & Abdelshafy out of Zamalek training after permission]]>
Shikapala missed the team for the second day in a row because of the strong flu suffered by the player.

As for Abd al-Shafi, he obtained permission from the coaching staff due to special circumstances, and he will continue participation with the team on Wednesday.

Zamalek team performed their training, and coach Patrice Carteron held a session with the players.

Carteron asked their players to close the Angolan Premiro de Augusto match and focus on facing FC Pyramids in the league.

The first team players underwent strong physical exercises at the beginning of training, under the direction of Antonio coach, the fitness coach.

The trio Mahmoud Abdel Razek Shikabala, Mahmoud Alaa and Abdullah Gomaa got a break from the group exercises.

The coaching staff preferred to give the players a rest in order to prepare them ideally for the team's preparations to face FC Pyramids scheduled on Thursday.

Omar Al-Saeed, the striker of the team, returned to participate in the training normally after he underwent special training last period.

Ferjani Sassi, Ashraf Bencharki, Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Hazem Imam, Obama, Ahmed Sayed Zizou, Tarek Hamed, and Mostafa Mohamed didn't perform much exercises mainly due to participation in front of Primero de Augusto.

Carteron communicated with the medical device to check on the player’s condition and demanded that everyone be equipped optimally for the coming period.
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12/11/2019 9:35:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saeed Hamza to officiate Al Ahly vs Wadi Degla]]>
Saeed Hamza will be assisted by Tahseen Al-Sadat, Khaled Hussein, and Amr Abdel-Fattah as the fourth referee.

Al-Ahly is preparing to face Wadi Degla in the seventh round of the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday.

Al-Ahly won 3-1 against Beni Suef in the 32nd round of the Egypt Cup, then 2-1 against Al-Hilal Al-Sudan in the second round of the group stage in the African Champions League.

Al-Ahly scored 12 points for winning four league matches.

As for Wadi Degla, it is ranked last with three points after six games.



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12/11/2019 8:29:00 AM
<![CDATA[Family Business: The Hidden Gem]]>
Family Business in a Nutshell

“As a start, I want to clarify the difference between a family business and a start-up. A family business is one that has been going on for at least two generations. A start-up is the first phase of a family business. We are talking about someone who founded something, and then, when a second generation joins the business, we consider this more or less a family business, especially if they are in top management or managerial positions,” Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Innovation at The American University in Cairo Ashraf Sheta tells Business Today Egypt.

Sheta adds that family businesses operate in low-velocity and high-velocity sectors. Answering a question on the industries where family businesses usually work, Sheta says there are no statistics; however, he observes that family businesses mostly exist in low-velocity industries defined as “industries where changes are not very intense.” Examples include agriculture, grocery, and food processing. On the contrary, high-velocity industries are complex and experience intense changes, Sheta clarifies.

Although the majority of family businesses fall into the SMEs category, “There are family businesses that grow to become corporates in Egypt,” Sheta says, citing the examples of Nahdet Misr Publishing Group, Hassan Allam Properties, Orascom Group, and Mansour Group. In those companies, family members own either 100% of the shares or a majority of the shares.

Explaining the factors that influence the continuity of a family business, Professor Sheta names family dynamics, governance, succession, professionalism, and ownership.

“Family dynamics, the relationship between family members, are very important and can be a major challenge. The more generations we have, the more complex it is. We are talking about family as a social unit, and social units are all about relationships…Complex relationships can exist between siblings, cousins or distant relatives. These are all related to family dynamics. This is a qualitative issue and can be very challenging,” Sheta explains.

As for governance, the professor clarifies, “In Egypt, we do not have the idea of governance in our mindset. When we talk about governance, we talk about bodies that support governance such as boards of directors, family councils, family meetings, family assemblies, advisory boards.”

“Succession challenges include nepotism, altruism, and unfairness. We ask ourselves what is the criteria for successor selection, the methodology to choose a successor, and what challenges the successor may face. We ask ourselves how the other family members in the business will accept such succession. How will employees accept such a succession?” Sheta points out.

“As for professionalism, it’s also important how non-family members can be treated within family business,” Sheta says, adding that such a question is pertinent to other questions like if there will be a separation between ownership and management, if non-family members will be on top management or not, and what employment mechanisms will be adopted.

Sheta highlights that ownership becomes more complex through generations and that its structure is often determined within “cultural boundaries” such as selecting the eldest son or family members who are part of the management for full or majority ownership.

Answering the question on the barriers women might face in starting a business that survives for at least two generations, Professor Sheta tells Business Today Egypt , “There are cultural barriers [women face], and the intensity of these barriers varies between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt in terms of allowing females into the business.”

“Some people might think that women are not a good fit for businesses operating in tough industries like manufacturing, marble extraction. However, we have very successful examples of women starting family businesses such as Nahdet Misr, where the CEO is a woman. Gender inequality in family business is part of gender inequality existing in the work environment at large,” he explains.

Preparing young generations of the family to work in the business starts with intensive knowledge of the business. If a family member chooses to join the business, they will rotate jobs in the business, and they have to start from the bottom.

Sheta stipulates that 80-90% of businesses in the economy will shut down if they are not sufficiently institutionalized or if they fall short on governance, which affects continuity.

Family Corporate and Family Constitution

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The success of Elaraby Group in running a “family” business is remarkable and inspirational, given the number of years that have passed and the number of family members belonging to four generations. The continuity of the corporate can be attributed to accomplishing governance and the company’s Family Constitution, as clarified by COO of Elaraby Group Mohammad Abd El-Gayed El Araby.

The Elaraby Group COO stated in a recent lecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC) that the company was founded by three brothers in 1964 to operate in the sectors of stationary and home appliances retail. Elaraby had become Toshiba’s licensee in Egypt in 1974. The beginning of the corporate organization as we know it today was in 1980, after Elaraby started manufacturing Toshiba fans.

At present, the total number of family members is almost 150, distributed over four generations. Due to the now-abolished inheritance tax, the corporate had to become a shareholding company where 18 second-generation family members currently hold shares. The Elaraby Group COO highlighted that the family’s constitution stipulates the shares must be exclusively owned by family members.

The second-generation business owner was eager to achieve governance, and so in 2004 its members studied courses on governance and family business. The major lesson they learnt was, “The preservation of original values set by the founders because the decline of those values would not maintain success.” Another principle the family members adopt is justice as pivotal in management.

The constitution supports the success and career choices of family members. The constitution recommends young family members to work elsewhere for around two years where they can make mistakes and avoid repeating them when they join the family business. If they start their career in the family business, it is very possible that workers will cover up their mistakes, which may have a negative impact on the business, Elaraby Group COO explained. However, there are two conditions that must apply to the other place where they work. It has to be operating in related sectors and it has to be larger.

A Family Council, whose members are elected and serve two-year terms, was introduced in 2006 to manage family affairs. The rules of the first election mandated that the descendants of the three founding brothers had to be represented. In later elections, that condition was eliminated so that voters would only pick members who represent their interests. Older generations ensure creating memories among younger ones by living in one building and holding events where they can engage in activities together.

The Family Council ensures that the family members are periodically assessed with the aim of providing them with the necessary training when needed, so they would stand out when compared to non-family members. Family members who do not want to join the business still enjoy the right to receive family-funded training in any field of choice. Yet, older generations do not cease trying to convince them to be part of a family business as they suggest funding a business for them or partnering with them. The family also considers establishing a fund that finances enterprises for fourth generation members, if they present feasibility studies. In return, the fund would hold 25% of shares to guarantee a significant role in the decision-making process.

Not just a business, It’s history

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Tamer Zein El Abedin comes from a long bloodline of stone producers and is the third generation owner and Chairman of Almotassem Zein Marble and Granite Factory and the CEO of the Flora Ranches residential compound.

“It was difficult for me to decide early on [whether to join my family’s business or not] since I did not have the experience to understand the pros and cons of either decision,” he tells Business Today Egypt of his early years in business. “However, I knew from early on that I wanted to be an engineer, and that is what I studied in my university years. It also gave me time to fine-tune what I really wanted in my career. During my undergraduate years, I would spend the summer vacation at the family business to test the waters. By the time I was graduating from university, I had already understood that I’m more wired for the private and family business,” Zein Al-Abdeen says.

Speaking about how he prepared, Zein AlAbdeen says, “This business was established by my maternal grandfather. I was fortunate to receive a lot of mentoring and guidance from my mother, who is an engineer with a lot of hands-on experience in that field.”

“At the beginning we kind of had a vision and a master plan for my learning curve. It involved numerous layers of learning to become competent and independent pairing me with experienced people. Responsibilities were given to me gradually and in adequate doses. I was also fortunate enough in the sense that she gave me space to try new things and practice new ideas and approaches,” Zein Al Abdeen elaborates.

Zein Al Abdeen’s contribution started with taking up a share of others’ tasks, then he began to offer more efficient solutions to fulfill regular duties, and now he also works on strategic matters such as product line developments or market share increases. The young businessman has never worked elsewhere, but he sat for internships at his clients’ and suppliers’ facilities so as to better understand their needs. He also learned “how to maximize the output from whatever equipment or materials they’re supplying.”

As for what he anticipates from younger generations, Zein Al Abdeen says he sees two very important expectations. One is a positive, consistent desire towards learning and improving. The other is resilience and discipline.

From Business to Family Business

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Mohamed Badawy began his career with the aim of starting a business separate of his family’s, but he then held a deep conviction about the importance of preserving the family’s business. Badawy holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Cairo University, and began working at a young age while he was still a student. He also worked in media production right after his graduation, learning skills that proved beneficial throughout his career. While he chose not to mention the name of his family business, he explains that he eventually joined it later in his career.

Badawy managed his friend’s business - operating in the field of programming - for a while and that’s how he realized that having a business is quite profitable. However, he discarded the idea for some time as he worked for a media agency that gave him a good job offer. Simultaneously, his father had a very large business in the food service industry that ran many restaurant chains and branches. Whenever Badawy faced challenges and wanted to join the family business, his father would encourage him to remain in the agency until he learnt more. After his resignation, he started his own business in the field of media production, but many declined to retain his company’s services because it was not registered and could not provide invoices.

“In 2013, my father had an idea for a branch in Cairo Festival City, but did not have enough funding so offered me to join them. I accepted. Based on this ownership, I gradually got involved in the management. We opened two other branches and I became in charge of supervising them,” Badawy says, although he chose not to reveal the name of his family’s business.

“We initially were not eager to involve nonfamily members in the business, because of lacking trust. We attempt to assume tasks typically performed by professionals in respective realms. When my father got ill, we decided to sell shares and bring in professionals to manage financials in particular, as my father had been the expert in that field. As a result, I had more free time. I did not have to be physically present at the branches. I would receive daily reports, based on which I made decisions. I also took up a 9- to-4 job in the American University in Cairo,” Badawy recalls.

The seasoned business expert firmly believes “no one would care for the business like the family.” Explaining this further, he says each party can contribute by taking on the tasks that are relevant to their passion. “I would love that my kids join the business but I would not compel them to do so,” he tells Business Today Egypt.

Shapes of Family Business

Hisham, whose name was changed as he spoke on condition of anonymity, is a second generation owner of a family business operating in the plastic industries sector. Explaining how he entered the business, Hisham says, “At first, I didn’t want to, but then I changed my mind. I didn’t want to because I thought I wouldn’t find my field of interest there, but then I changed my mind when I found a lot of fields that I am interested in.”

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As for how he was prepared and what he added to the business, Hisham says, “My father would take me to work since first grade. That way the work would sink in little by little.” Later on, he worked on improving the computer systems, developing the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, updating the database system, adding new big customers, and improving the final product’s quality. In his family business, non-family members hold managerial positions and have significant agency to make changes as long as it is in the scope of their department.

Hisham, who has never worked elsewhere, adds, “I am currently satisfied because there are several things that I know I can still add and improve the business with. Also, leaving the family business is not an option right now because no one can make up for my role.”

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Dina, whose name was changed as she spoke on condition of anonymity, is a second-generation manager of a family business working in the field of fast fashion. Dina has worked in the business since her teenage years, knowing she would definitely be part of her family’s enterprise in the long term. She did not face significant difficulties when she first entered and has long worked to add structure to the business.

Dina says “there were problems over succession and management” and that she hopes to quit her job in the family business. However, she expects from younger generations to undergo “extensive training” in their time running the business. As with Hisham’s business, non-family members are given major roles in the company.]]>
12/10/2019 7:38:07 PM
<![CDATA[16 panel discussions to be held Dec. 15-16 in WYF 2019]]>
There are seven sessions on technology, three sessions on the Mediterranean, two sessions on Africa, one session on women, one session on climate change, one session on peace and security, and one session on arts. The following are the details, the date and time of each panel discussion.

The Effects of Climate Change on Humanity: Impacts & Solutions

The session showcases the repercussions of climate change embodied in climate refugees, and negative impact on marine biodiversity, agriculture, and food security. Panelists will also discuss the role of governments and international organizations in dealing with the crisis. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Prospects of Sustainable Development in Africa: Opportunities & Challenges

The session displays opportunities to accomplish continental integration projects, and the impediments facing that goal. Panelists will also tackle challenges to development in Africa, development and post-conflict reconstruction, and Africa youth empowerment mechanisms to achieve sustainable development on the continent. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Food Security in Africa: How Do We Achieve the 2nd Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals

The session discusses food security as a cornerstone for sustainable economic growth shedding light on nutritional behavior, obstacles crippling accomplishment of food security, nutrition improvement, reinforcement of sustainable agriculture, and implications of conflicts, climate change and water scarcity on food security. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Creative Works: Challenges in the Age of Digital Technology

The session focuses on the protection of intellectual property, and the use of technology to enrich creative work such as Video On Demand (VOD), virtual reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR). The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

International Peace & Security: Current Challenges

The session tackles the role of regional and international organizations to maintain international peace and security through conflict prevention efforts, nuclear disarmament, and reinforcement of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The session will also discuss terrorism and armed conflict. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Mediterranean Cooperation in the Energy Sector

The session displays the aspects of cooperation among Mediterranean countries such as natural gas drilling, transportation and storage, electricity linkage between states, renewable energy, and sustainability in the energy sector. The session will also tackle financing energy infrastructure, and transfer of expertise and technology. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Governmental Institutional Excellence & Digital Transformation

The session explains the concept of digital transformation and its role in accomplishing institutional excellence, and the phases of each of them. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence & Humans: Who is in Control?

The session explains the role of artificial intelligence applications in changing the modern lifestyle, the challenges pertinent to which, and speculations about its evolution. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Women & the Right to Development

The session focuses on raising awareness on the importance of women empowerment on the economic, social and political scales. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Blockchain: A Revolution in the Digital World

The session displays the impact of blockchain on digital technology, its uses in the economic realm, limitations, the dangers of illegal activity through blockchain, and how to maximize the positive side of blockchain. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

The Role of Arts in the Human Space

The session examines the use of arts as a means to promote moderate ideas, combat extremism, preserve the identity along with spreading openness, and raise the values of citizenship, democracy, and accepting the Other. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m..

Mediterranean Countries: Ancient Civilizations & Common History

The session underlines the strategic importance of the Mediterranean, the common history of its peoples, its civilizations, and the preservation of its legacy. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Fostering Mediterranean Regional Cooperation in Addressing Common Challenges

The session discusses mechanisms to combat illegal migration, and foster dialogue aimed at identifying cooperation opportunities. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m.

How to stay safe in the Digital World?

The session explains the concept of cybersecurity, ways to protect the user’s privacy, and the socio-economic impact of disinformation on social media. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

How Do We Prepare for a Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The session explains the concept of the fourth industrial revolution shedding light on its forms, drives, advantages, disadvantages, its impact on different life aspects, and its role in achieving sustainable development. The session will also discuss ways to promote the skills necessary to cope with the fourth industrial revolution in developing countries. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Combating Extremism & Hate Speech on Digital Platforms

The session examines ways to combat hate speech and violence incitement on social media as well as suggested policies to eliminate electronic bullying and discriminatory practices. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

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12/10/2019 7:11:05 PM
<![CDATA[Famed Robot Sophia to attend World Youth Theater in Sharm El-Sheikh]]>
The forum’s management announced this year's theater launches under the title “Art Reviving Humanity” that reflects the content of the various theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, and resuming on Dec. 15, 16.

The World Youth Theater is a theater and a focal point founded by youth for youth to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA. This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallsni from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship, visited Egypt’s Creative Industry Summit that was held on April 17, 18 2018.

Sophia became the first Android citizen in history when she was granted the Saudi Arabian citizenship.

With many recognizing that the creative industry and the AI industry is a boom to the global economy, and has much to offer to the Egyptian economy, there has been a move towards formalizing it since the launch of the Creative Industry Summit in 2014.

Organized by Idea Bakers and The Worx, leaders in event organizing and e-marketing, the summit focuses on the latest developments in the advertising, marketing and design fields in Egypt and the Arab world.

The famed Robot underwent an exclusive interview broadcast on DMC channel in April of 2018, amid her visit to Egypt to attend the summit, where she was hosted by Osama Kamal’s “Masa’ DMC” program.

مساء dmc - حصرياً ... لقاء رائع ومميز مع الروبوت صوفيا مع الاعلامي اسامة كمال ( اللقاء كامل )

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12/10/2019 6:13:14 PM
<![CDATA[3 concerts to celebrate Christmas in Cairo, Alexandria Opera Houses]]>CAIRO – 10 December 2019: The Egyptian Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber, is organizing three concerts in Cairo and Alexandria to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. The concerts will be led by maestro Nair Nagy and directed by Hisham al-Tali.

Cairo Opera Ensemble, the Cairo Celebration Coral and Cairo Opera Orchestra will all perform, celebrating 20 years since the start of the tradition, which has become one of the hallmarks of the opera celebrations of the occasion.

The concerts will be held on Dec. 12, 13 at Cairo Opera’s Grand Theater, and on Dec. 17 on Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera House.

Participating teams, Sobhy Bedeir and French Soprano Caroline Duma will be honored during the first ceremony. The program includes a documentary film screening, followed by presenting a wide range of the most famous compositions celebrating Christmas.

The performers are Iman Mustafa, Mona Rafla, Jacqueline Rafiq, Dalia Farouk, Julie Fizi, Amina Khairat, Hisham el-Gendy, Amr Medhat, Mostafa Mohamed, Elhami Amin, Reda al-Wakeel, Caroline Duma, Sobhy Bedeir and Dina Iskandar.
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12/10/2019 5:38:00 PM
<![CDATA[Four ways you can be a naturalized Egyptian]]>
To be naturalized in Egypt, a foreigner needs to:

1- Purchase real estate worth at least $500,000 owned by the government or a legal person; whereby the money is wired from abroad.

2- Establish or partake in a project worth at least $400,000, wired from abroad; whereby his share in the project is 40 percent or more.

3- Deposit hard currency in two ways:
a- Wire $750,000 from abroad as a deposit that may be returned in five years in Egyptian pounds according to the exchange rate then without exceeding that of the deposit date and without interests.
b- Wire $1 million from abroad as a deposit that may be returned in three years in Egyptian pounds according to the exchange rate then without exceeding that of the deposit date and without interests.

4- Wire $250,000 from abroad as direct income transferred to the state treasury; whereby the amount may not be refunded.

If the naturalized person sold the real estate mentioned in the first case, or liquidated the investment in the second case before five years have passed, he would have to apply the fourth case, unless the real estate or investment were handed over to the government.

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12/10/2019 5:31:03 PM
<![CDATA[Google: Happy birthday, Afifa Iskandar]]>
Iskandar was considered one of the best female singers in Iraqi history.

Iskandar was born in the Iraqi city of Mosul on December 10, 1921. She started singing at the age of 5. When she was a teenager, Iskandar performed her first concert in a small cabaret in the city of Erbil, where she sang in "Al-Maqam al-Iraqi".

In 1938, she travelled to Egypt to work with late acclaimed Syrian singer and belly dancer Badia Masabni in her famous casino, along with late famed Egyptian belly dancer and actress Taheya Karioka, and late great Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

Iskandar performed many concerts around the region. She also used to perform for Iraqi monarchs and government leaders. Additionally, Iskandar performed concerts in the U.S. and Europe, presenting her unique form of music.

Her ability to sing in A;-Maqam al-Iraqi made her unique when compared to her contemporaries in the Middle East. Al-Maqam al-Iraqi is a 400-year-old style weaving sung poetry together with traditional instrumentation.

In 1979, she decided to retire on the aftermath of the country’s political change.

Despite her retirement the acclaimed Iraqi Blackbird's passion for singing remained very strong, the matter that drove her to perform for friends and loved ones in private gatherings.

Among her most famous songs are "Ya Aqqid al-Hajibayn" and "Ikhlas meni."

As a result of her strong passion with poetry, she built up an extensive catalogue over the course of her career.

She died of cancer on October 21, 2012 in Baghdad, but her music lives on through her immortal songs.
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12/10/2019 4:51:31 PM
<![CDATA[King Salman reiterates Palestinian right to state]]>
During his Tuesday speech at the inauguration of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, the king also said the Arab intervention in Yemen will continue to support the Yemeni people and their government. Meanwhile, the GCC states are entitled to protect themselves against ballistic missiles.

The 40th summit of GCC is held in Riyadh to discuss further defense, security, social and economic cooperation between the member states.

Qatari Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani did not attend the summit for the third year in a row. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been at odds with Qatar in the past few years, as the two former states accuse the latter of supporting terrorism in the region.
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12/10/2019 4:49:15 PM
<![CDATA[Afghan-Canadian engineer on WYF: Egypt signifies Youths’ contributions]]>
Residing in Toronto Canada, Shadan is a graduate student of Civil engineering at Ryerson University – Toronto. He is a youth activist and at the same time, he is a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute based in California.

It is Shadan’s first time to come to Egypt. He expressed his excitement to be attending the forum and visiting the country.

“I hope I learn about the ongoing plans and programs made for making the world a more prosperous home for all of us, with the help of which I can develop more practical solutions to the issues I see as most critical, and learn ways to bring them to reality,” he said.

Shadan is also excited to explore Egypt, as he believes this visit will change all he knew and read about the country. He says, “Egypt, being the cradle of civilization, is on my top list countries to visit. Its long and rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity which fascinates me more than anything to visit this beautiful land.”

Speaking about the forum, Shadan considers events similar to the World Youth Forum have a huge impact on a country’s image, and “shows how much Egypt signifies the fresh blood generation and their positive contributions in the world.”

He went on explaining how this forum will positively affect his career, and further motivate him to serve the world without considering age, gender, religion, nationality, money or power.

Regarding the forum’s themes, he is specifically interested in attending the summit concerning environmental issues as it is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today.

“I reckon this event is of great significance in empowering youth. WYF will provide a common platform to youth from various cultural backgrounds to come together and bridge the gap that hinder youths from playing their positive roles in making this world a better for this generation and generations to come,” he added. “It will enable us to obtain the acquaintance humanitarians and with the solutions, plans and strategies to overcome global issues.”]]>
12/10/2019 4:24:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt seeks exporting furniture to US, Canada]]>
She held a meeting with Damietta Governor Manal Awad and businessman Karam Khalil, who is living in the US, along with investor Antony Ramhin, the director of a furniture factory in Canada.

The talks took up exporting Egyptian furniture to the US and Canada according to the needs of the markets in the two countries.

Makram said in press statements that these efforts are made according to directives by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to promote Egyptian products abroad and encourage investments. ]]>
12/10/2019 4:10:21 PM
<![CDATA[Protocol with UAE company to establish two solar, wind-operated power plants]]>
The signing ceremony was attended by Minister of Electricity and Energy Mohamed Shaker and UAE ambassador in Cairo Gomaa Mubarak.

Minister Shaker said the two deals came within the framework of the strategy of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to boost dependence of renewable energy, pointing out that during the past five years 28,000 megawatts had been added to electricity grid, a big part of it came from renewable energy,

By the end of next year the total amount of renewable energy would hit 6,600 megawatts, he added, calling on the UAE company to expedite the operation of the new plants.

The minister pointed out that the establishment of the new plants would contribute to providing clean energy to about 430,000 housing units.]]>
12/10/2019 4:07:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Arab purchases pushes EGX into green zone Tuesday]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.49 percent, or 66.5 points, to close at 13,509.02 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 hiked 0.65 percent, or 12.55 points, to end at 1,958.16 points

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 increased 0.67 percent, or 3.51 points, to close at 526.58 points, and the broader index EGX 100 inched up 0.52 percent, or 7.15 points, to 1,376.2 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 1.86 billion, recording LE 694.75 billion, compared to LE 692.88 billion in Monday’s session.

The trading volume reached 86.77 million shares, traded through 15,653 transactions, with a turnover of LE 534 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 54.35 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers at LE 52.67 million, and LE 1.67 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 15.98 million and LE 2.73 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 7.8 million.

Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 1.05 million, and LE 46.52 million, respectively, while Egyptian organizations bought at LE 36.68 million.

National Real Estate Bank for Development, Nasr Company for Civil Works, and Arab Moltaka Investments Co were top gainers of the session by 9.86 percent, 7.30 percent and 6.83 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Al Tawfeek Leasing Company-A.T.LEASE, Sues Canal Company for Technology Settling, and Societe Arabe Internationale De Banque (SAIB) were top losers of the session by 8.06 percent, 5.85 percent, and 4.72 percent, respectively

On Monday, EGX ended trading in red, as EGX30 lessened 0.38 percent, EGX50 declined 0.44 percent, EGX70 dropped 0.14 percent, and EGX100 dipped 0.22 percent.

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12/10/2019 3:59:57 PM
<![CDATA[Acclaimed director Samir Seif dies at 72]]>
Seif practiced directing and teaching its arts in foreign universities operating in Egypt. His cinematic career is rich with many achievements and contributions.

The late director started his artistic career by directing the movie “Daerat al-Intiqam” (The Revenge Circle) in 1976, followed by “Qeta ala-Nar” (Cat on Fire) a year later with acclaimed late actor Nour el-Sherif. Both films were considered a very successful start.

In 1978, the late director presented “Iblis fel Madena” (Satan in the City), which was another masterpiece, followed by “Al-Motawahesha” a year later.

The late director presented Adel Imam in an entirely new role, away from comedy, through the film “El-Mashbooh” (The Suspect) alongside Soad Hosny in 1982, in addition to the film “Ghareeb fe Baiti” (Stranger in my House) starring Hosny and Nour el-Sherif.

Seif returned in 1983 with another successful film “El-Ghoul” starring Adel Imam before presenting “Akher el-Regal el-Mohtarameen” starring Nour el-Sherif a year later.

The late director returned to comedy again with “El-Khot” starring Adel Imam in 1984, followed by “Shaware’ Men Nar” (Streets of Fire) starring Sherif.

In 1985, Seif cooperated with Imam in “El-Halfout” (The Bum).

The acclaimed director resumed directing enriching films that held a lot of deep and illustrative content; films that were and still are carved in the conscious of the Arab and Egyptian public.
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12/10/2019 3:44:54 PM
<![CDATA[MP calls on international community to protect human rights]]>
In press statements, the chairman of the House of Representatives Human Rights committee called on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibilities to confront human rights violations around the world in general and in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Palestine in particular.

He called on all world nations to empower youth through their participation in public affairs issues and employ their potentials in reaching a better future.]]>
12/10/2019 3:34:36 PM
<![CDATA[South African president gives keynote speech in Cairo ]]>


“President Sisi expressed his appreciation for the historic and brotherly relations between Egypt and South Africa, and that date back to anti-colonialism endeavors and struggle for independence. At the time, Egypt was honored to host great South African leader Nelson Mandela in Cairo in the sixties. Later on, ties persisted during democartic transition in the nineties and until present,” the statement released by President's Spokesperson Bassam Rady read. Mandela visited Egypt in 1962 as an anti-apartheid revolutionary and again in 1997 as president of South Africa.

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In a joint press conference, the South African president stated that the talks with his Egyptian counterpart were characterized by “transparency.” “South African people will always appreciate the Egyptian support to their country, particularly in time of struggle against colonization, and the great reception of leader Nelson Mandela,” Ramaphosa said.

The South African president declared that he had agreed with President Sisi to reinforce economic cooperation by boosting partnerships between the investors of both countries. Ramaphosa affirmed that the low level of current economic ties can be remedied, and that AfCFTA will help achieve that goal.

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“We exchanged views on African peace and security... We have concerns over threats facing some African and Gulf states... We expressed commitment to the 2020 Silencing the Guns Initiative,” President Rampahosa stated asserting that both Egypt and South Africa prioritize the preservation of global peace and security.

The guest president also praised Egypt’s leadership of the African Union (AU) expressing kenneness to accomplish the railway project linking Cairo to Cape Town. Early in 2019, Egypt had put forward the project.

Introduced as a plan aiming to develop Africa, the road would be 10.300 km long, starting from Alexandria Port on the Mediterranean Sea then Cairo, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.
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12/10/2019 3:29:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s annual core inflation declines to 2.1% in November: CBE]]>
Core inflation discounts or strips out certain categories that are considered more volatile.

CBE said in a statement on its website Tuesday that the core inflation recorded a monthly rate of -0.1 percent in November 2019, compared to 1.1 percent in October 2019, and 0.5 percent in November 2018.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced earlier that Egypt’s annual consumer price inflation recorded 2.7 percent in November 2019, compared to 15.6 percent in November 2018

Inflation has surged in Egypt since the flotation of the Egyptian pound in November 2016, reaching a high record level in July 2018 due to energy subsidy cuts, and gradually easing since July 2019.

Egypt targets an inflation rate of 10.5 percent in fiscal year of 2019/2020 and was targeting 13 percent in 2018/2019 budget.

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12/10/2019 3:13:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s annual inflation hits 2.7% in November: CAPMAS]]>
In October, Egypt’s annual consumer price inflation declined to 3.1 percent in October 2019, compared to 4.8 percent in September 2019.

On a monthly basis, inflation decreased 0.5 percent in November, recording 104.6 points, compared to 1 percent in October, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said.

CAPMAS attributed the decrease in inflation to the decrease in prices of some commodities during the month, as vegetables prices dipped by about 4.3 percent, dairy and fruits by 3.5 percent, fish by 1.8 percent, meat by 1.7 percent, cereals and bread by 1.3 percent, culture and entertainment by 2.1 percent, and transportation by 0.4 percent.

It also referred to the increase in the prices of the clothing and footwear by 1.3 percent.
At the urban level, the annual inflation rate for November 2019 rose to 3.6 percent, down from 3.1 percent in October.

Earlier, CAPMAS revealed that inflation during January-to-July period of 2019 recorded 11.7 percent, compared to the same period of 2018. In the period from January to December 2018, the inflation rate hit 14.1 percent.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expected Egypt’s inflation to reach 14 percent in 2019 and 7 percent in 2023.

Inflation surged in Egypt since the flotation of the Egyptian pound in November 2016, reaching a high record level in July due to energy subsidy cuts, and gradually easing since July.
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12/10/2019 3:11:14 PM
<![CDATA[Port Said the capital of Egyptian culture in 2020]]>
The meeting tackled the agenda of the cultural and artistic program to celebrate the selection of Port Said Governorate as the capital of Egyptian culture in 2020.

Furthermore, ways to promote cultural activities and enhance the mechanisms of discovering and nurturing talented people from the governorate through the Talent Development Center at the Cultural Palace were discussed.

The meeting also tackled the opening of a permanent outlet for the ministry’s publications, holding activities in Behirat al-Manzala Region and organizing a culture initiative titled “Culture out of the Walls" held at 14 theaters in parks and public gardens .

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12/10/2019 2:52:07 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet agrees on establishing 'Research Endowment Fund']]>
The establishment of the Research Endowment Fund aims to implement the government's plan, approved by the House of Representatives in July 2018 to support inventors and innovators and offer human capacity development programs and scholarships for young distinguished researchers in universities and research centers.

The fund will also bankroll research activities that require urgent financial support in all fields of technology and fundamental, applied and human science. ]]>
12/10/2019 2:28:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Americans Malek, Youssef are nominated for the Golden Globe]]>
Youssef is nominated to Best Actor TV Comedy/Musical award for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ , while Malek is nominated for Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.

The final season of ‘’Mr. Robot’’ was premiered Sunday, Oct. 6, on USA Network.
Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the previous Golden Globe.
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.

“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.
May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.


The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.

Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.

"I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so we would have been frustrated if he didn’t win an Oscar.

Malek’s talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve his dreams whatever the obstacles made him the best actor in 2019.




Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has been the center of attention of all Egyptians and Arabs since the release of the dark, mindboggling, and award-winning hit television series “Mr Robot.”


Malek was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy awards in 2016.

In 2017 a video of Malek speaking Arabic in an interview, talking about “Mr Robot” and the limited roles in Hollywood for Middle Easter actors went viral after it was shared by user Mohammad Nashy. While actors from the region are often asked to portray the roles of terrorists, the star status Malek has achieved stands out.


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12/10/2019 2:09:48 PM
<![CDATA[UNDP: Egypt makes progress in Human Development Index 2019]]>
Set to be fully issued in January 2020, the report stated that the macroeconomic indicators showed positive trends due to the efforts, measures and policies adopted by the Egyptian Government.

Regarding gender equality, Egypt's performance came above average when compared to Arab countries, but the human development index is still higher for men than for women.

The report indicates that Egypt has a lot of potential to improve social protection, education and governance systems; in addition to empowering women and transforming economic growth into investments that lead to more progress for human development.

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12/10/2019 1:56:16 PM
<![CDATA[$690K deal to fund feasibility study of 'polyacetal' production project: Molla]]>
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a feasibility study grant to the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (Echem), which represents the petroleum sector, he elaborated.

The grant deal was signed by USTDA’s Acting Deputy Director Todd Abrajano and Echem’s Chairman Saad Helal.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mulla and US Ambassador in Cairo Jonathan Cohen.

The Petroleum Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the minister discussed with USTDA officials the agency's contribution to infrastructure and value-added projects in the petroleum sector.

The project is the first of its kind in Egypt and Africa. Its production capacity is estimated at nearly 50,000 tons annually. The project depends on the locally produced methanol by "Methanex Corporation" in Damietta.

Polyoxymethylene (POM), also known as acetal, polyacetal, and polyformaldehyde, is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness, low friction, and excellent dimensional stability.

The material is widely used in the automotive and consumer electronics industry. ]]>
12/10/2019 1:55:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Belarus sign three cooperation agreements]]>
The first memorandum calls for supplying the Egyptian side with heavy equipment for paving roads and construction works while the second is about cooperation in agricultural development and the third is about cooperation in building silos.

The two ministers discussed at a meeting means of boosting joint cooperation in the domain of manufacturing trucks and agricultural tractors.

The two sides confirmed that joint cooperation will enable the two countries to have access to African and Arab markets in light of the free trade agreements between Egypt and a number of economic blocs.

The Belarusian minister expressed confidence in the technical capabilities of the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production and its companies.

He added that his country is interested in enhancing cooperation with the Egyptian side in many domains atop of which comes technology transfer. ]]>
12/10/2019 1:53:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt-UAE forum for trade, investment due in Cairo on Wed.]]>
In a statement released Tuesday the business council said the forum aims at boosting strategic cooperation between Egypt and the UAE to promote investments and encourage the participation of the private sector in both countries in their economic development process.

UAE Ambassador in Cairo Jumaa Mubarak al Junaibi, UAEIIC Secretary General Jamal Saif al Jarwan, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy Abdulla al Saleh and Board Chairman of the Egyptian-UAE Business Council Gamal El Sadat will participate in the event.]]>
12/10/2019 1:50:46 PM
<![CDATA[ FRA seeks playing bigger role in non-banking financial activities: Omran]]>
Addressing the 2nd day of the authority's celebration marking its 10th anniversary, Omran said the authority seeks to provide necessary funding for economic expansion and ongoing national projects through its financial tools in various activities, referring to the capital market, the bourse, insurance, real estate funding and others.

He expressed satisfaction over the development in non-banking activities, noting the noticeable rise in the value of issued securities to exceed LE 1 trillion.]]>
12/10/2019 1:44:55 PM
<![CDATA[Apple lands first Golden Globe nominations; Netflix leads field]]>
Digital video pioneer Netflix Inc dominated the field, landing 17 nominations in TV categories plus 17 more for movies, including leading contenders “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.”

TV networks, movie studios and streaming services campaign heavily to win Golden Globes and other awards to bring publicity to their shows and help attract new audiences.

The Golden Globe winners, determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.

“The Morning Show,” which streams on the Apple TV+ subscription service that debuted in November, was nominated for best television drama. Stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were named in the best dramatic actress category.

The series tells the story of a morning news program roiled by sexual misconduct allegations against a popular anchor.



“Feeling grateful to be able to bring this story to light,” said director and executive producer Mimi Leder. Cast and crew “worked passionately from their hearts and souls to continue the conversation of power, greed, and toxicity in the workplace,” she added.

Netflix’s TV nominations came for series including British royal drama “The Crown” and “Unbelievable,” a show about a woman who says she was raped and later recants her story.

AT&T Inc’s HBO received 15 nominations for programs including nuclear disaster drama “Chernobyl” and “Barry,” a comedy about a hired assassin. [nL1N28C0ZC]

While Netflix has won many TV accolades since it made a major push into original series in 2013, the company is relatively new to the movie business.

Netflix took three of the five nominations for best movie drama. They were for “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorsese mob drama “The Irishman,” and biographical film “The Two Popes.”

Another Netflix movie, “Dolemite Is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as floundering comedian in the 1970s, was nominated for best movie musical or comedy.

Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video received five TV nominations and three for movies. Hulu, owned by Walt Disney Co, was nominated for five TV awards.

Sony Corp’s movie studio took the most nominations of any traditional film distributor, including five for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”



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12/10/2019 1:05:04 PM
<![CDATA['Marriage Story' leads mostly white, male Golden Globe nods, De Niro snubbed]]>
“Marriage Story” scored six nods, including best drama and for actors Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern. It was followed by Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster movie “The Irishman,” and Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” with five apiece.

De Niro, the star of “The Irishman,” was left out of the best actor race, although his co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci won nods for their supporting roles and Scorsese will compete for best director.

“It means so much to all of us — to me, Bob, Joe, Al, and the whole team — to be recognized with these nominations,” Scorsese said in a statement.

The best movie drama category was rounded out with director Same Mendes’ immersive First World War drama “1917” from Universal Pictures (CMCSA.O), terrifying comic book villain “Joker” from Warner Bros (T.N) and papal story “The Two Popes.”

The films nominated for best comedy or musical were Eddie Murphy’s comeback “Dolemite is My Name,” Nazi-era satire “Jojo Rabbit,” murder mystery “Knives Out,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”

Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) streaming service landed its first major award nominations for “The Morning Show,” along with its stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Yet in the movie race, stories about and by women like including “Harriet,” “Little Women,” “Bombshell” and “Hustlers” were omitted from the major races although some of their stars, including Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Cynthia Erivo won acting nods.

The director field was an all male affair dominated by veterans Tarantino, Scorsese, Mendes, Todd Phillips for “Joker” and South Korea’s Bong Joon-Ho for social satire “Parasite.”

Netflix dominated the nominations across both television and movies, scoring a leading 17 nods in movie fields and 17 in television.

FILE PHOTO: The 76th Venice Film Festival - Screening of the film "Marriage Story" in competition - Red carpet arrivals - Venice, Italy, August 29, 2019 - Actors Adam Driver, Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson, director Noah Baumbach and producer David Heyman pose. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
HBO’s medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” failed to make it into the best TV drama series race, and upcoming movie musical “Cats” scored just one nod, for Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original song “Beautiful Ghosts.”

Among the biggest snubs was Ava DuVernay’s searing television dramatization of the wrongful imprisonment of five black teens for a 1989 rape in New York’s Central Park, which won two Emmy awards earlier this year.

The Golden Globes ceremony, hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, will take place in Beverly Hills on Jan. 5.

The ceremony should see a host of other major Hollywood stars whose work was nominated on Monday, including Beyonce (for her original song for “The Lion King”), Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, Elton John and “Catch 22” producer George Clooney.

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12/10/2019 1:01:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt saves LE 650B through reform program ]]>
Ma’it clarified at the Chief Executives Conference that this happened by constructing new stations to generate electricity, and developing and establishing a strong network to transfer electricity to the governorates.

He added that the electricity problem was one of the biggest crises facing the Egyptian state in the past period, pointing out that three major axes had been working to end the problem.

The minister stated that the situation has completely changed and that Egypt is now at the door of exporting electricity to neighboring countries, achieving an increase in productivity versus consumption.

On another note, Ma’it said that the ministry is studying developing three new types of bonds for investors in the next 2 years with the aim of diversifying the state’s sources to control the deficit bill.

He pointed out that the new mechanisms include issuing green bonds, as well as sukuk, in addition to the possibility of offering bonds with variable returns.

The Cabinet approved the issuance of green bonds. "Offering green bonds requires several measures and programs, and if we prepare these requirements, we will announce the launch of these bonds this year," he referred.

Moreover, the minister added that the ministry has developed a plan to hedge the changes that occur in the global arena and the crises witnessed in the emerging markets, noting that the crises of those markets caused an outflow of more than $12 billion in investments in treasury bills during the period from September to December 2018.

Ma’it emphasized that Egypt’s situation and the rates of investment in government debt are safe compared to various emerging markets. This reflected positively on the government’s ability to pay those investments immediately in light of the serious desire of the state to abide by its pledges.

Also, the minister explained that the ministry is required to pay LE 160 billion for pensions, and LE 301 billion for salaries during the current fiscal year.
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12/10/2019 12:52:46 PM
<![CDATA[Comorian president to attend the Aswan International Forum]]>
The forum will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The forum, themed “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”, aims to enhance partnership among the African nations and protect the sovereignty and unity of the continent.

It will also tackle terrorism and illegal migration from a social, cultural and economic perspective and ways to promote joint action and contribution to establish the principle of reaching African solutions to African problems as well as promoting peace and development.]]>
12/10/2019 12:40:07 PM
<![CDATA[Tripartite ministerial meeting on GERD to be held on Jan. 13]]>
The ministers declared they had noticed the progress achieved in the technical meetings of the water resources ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia. The statement reads that Ethiopia would follow the technical guidelines set to fill the reservoir and operate the dam; however, those guidelines can be amended by the three countries in accordance with changes in hydrological conditions.

The foreign ministers of the three countries stated that they look forward to their next meeting to review the outcomes of technical meetings and produce the final draft of the agreement saying they are fully aware of the importance of setting rules for GERD reservoir filling process and operation.

The statement of the ministers was issued on Monday evening after concluding their meeting in Washington upon the invitation of US Treasury Secretary Steven Terner Mnuchin and World Bank Group President David Malpass.

In another statement released by Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry and Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aati, both ministers stressed the importance of expressing goodwill in the negotiations.
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12/10/2019 12:12:37 PM
<![CDATA[Meetings of Arab Economic and Social Council committee kick off at AL premises]]>
The three-day meetings will discuss issues related to the implementation of the Arab free trade zone and a Lebanese request to impose protectionist measures on some national products.

Attending the meetings are representatives of Arab ministries of economy.]]>
12/10/2019 11:37:48 AM
<![CDATA[Cypriot FM condemns signing of `memorandum` between Turkey and Libya]]>
He stressed that "the memorandum, inter alia, violates international law and has no legal basis at all."

According to the Cypriot news agency, the minister made this statement while attending a session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), held earlier in the day in Brussels.

He asserted that "this development, coupled with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on military cooperation, raises concerns also in other states in the wider region, while undermining the efforts of the international community to create suitable conditions to allow for a Summit dedicated to finding a political solution to the Libyan problem. "]]>
12/10/2019 11:31:21 AM
<![CDATA[Luxembourg said pushing for EU states to recognize Palestine]]>
The report said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn sent a letter to new EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and to EU foreign ministers, saying the only way to save the two-state solution was to create “a more equitable situation” between Israel and the Palestinians.

“It is time to start a debate within the European Union on the opportunity of a recognition of the State of Palestine by all its Member States,” according to the foreign minister's letter.

“The recognition of Palestine as a State would neither be a favour, nor a blank check, but a simple recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their own State,” he wrote. “In no way would it be directed against Israel.

“Indeed, if we want to contribute to solving the conflict between Israel and Palestine, we must never lose sight of Israel’s security conditions, as well as of justice and dignity for the Palestinian people,” he added. ]]>
12/10/2019 11:30:20 AM
<![CDATA[Pompeo terms his talks with Shoukry as "productive"]]>
Posting on his Twitter account, Pompeo said "I had a productive meeting today with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on ways our strategic partnership can help achieve greater regional security and prosperity."

During his visit to Washington, Shoukry took part in the second expanded meeting grouping the foreign and irrigation ministers of the three Nile basin countries; Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, on assessing the results of the Renaissance Dam talks.

The US Department of Treasury hosted the second expanded meeting which involved World Bank Group President David Malpass.

The first meeting engaging the three countries' ministers was held in Washington on November 6.]]>
12/10/2019 11:26:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt stresses importance of goodwill in GERD negotiations]]>
The two ministers's remarks came in a statement released on Tuesday night following a meeting on the Ethiopian dam negotiations in Washington at an invitation of US Treasury Secretary Steven Terner Mnuchin and World Bank Group President David Malpass.

The foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia held a plenary meeting on necessary steps that should be taken to clinch an agreement on filling the dam ahead of January 15, 2020.

Following the meeting, the three countries, the United States and the World Bank issued a joint statement that outlined the path of negotiations and the points that must be addressed in order to reach an agreement on filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by January 15, 2020.

In the statement, the two Egyptian ministers stressed the importance of the engagement of the three countries; Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia; in the GERD talks in a spirit of goodwill with the view of achieving common interests.

The statement also asserted the necessity of ensuring the full implementation of the Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that was signed on March 23, 2015.

The two Egyptian ministers also lauded efforts exerted by the United States through its treasury secretary and his team to facilitate the negotiations and bringing the three countries' views closer to reach a just and balanced agreement on filling the Ethiopian dam, according to the statement. ]]>
12/10/2019 11:21:33 AM
<![CDATA[El Shennawy to be called in Tokyo Olympics with Egypt]]>
The Olympic team has the right to include three players over 23 years at the Tokyo Olympics, in accordance with the rules of the International Football Association (FIFA).

Abdel Karim said in statements to The Match program: "It is possible to include a goalkeeper other than the trio who played the African U-23 Championship, that will be settled with Shawky Gharib, coach."

Speaking of his choice of the goalkeeper over the age, Abdel Karim revealed, "Mohamed El-Shennawy is Egypt's first goalkeeper at the present time because of his participation in the African Championship and the World Cup, and he plays with Al-Ahly continuously."

"El-Shennawy presents great levels recently and he is a brilliant goalkeeper and he has a lot of experience. We will meet to discuss the inclusion of the great trio."

Egypt U-23 national team manager, Shawki Gharib, announces that he would welcome Liverpool Egyptian winger and the nation’s biggest football star, Mohamed Salah, into his team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Gharib led the team to the Olympic Games after clinching 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations title at home after defeating Ivory Coast 2-1 at the final.

“If salah wants to join the squad at the Olympics. I will add him to the team.” Gharib said on Thursday.

2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will see the 12th appearance for the Egyptian football at the competition and the Pharaohs aim to secure a medal at the competition for the first time in the history.

Gharib added “In Rio 2016, Brazil added Neymar Junior to their squad to get the Gold medal. I will include my best players at the Olympics.”

Salah was one of the U-23 team’s players who participated in 2012 Olympic Games in London, where Egypt were eliminated from the quarter finals after 3-0 loss to Japan.]]>
12/10/2019 11:12:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek prepares for FC Pyramids clash]]>
Carteron asked their players to close the Angolan Premiro de Augusto match and focus on facing FC Pyramids in the league.

The first team players underwent strong physical exercises at the beginning of training, under the direction of Antonio coach, the fitness coach.

The trio Mahmoud Abdel Razek Shikabala, Mahmoud Alaa and Abdullah Gomaa got a break from the group exercises.

The coaching staff preferred to give the players a rest in order to prepare them ideally for the team's preparations to face FC Pyramids scheduled on Thursday.

Omar Al-Saeed, the striker of the team, returned to participate in the training normally after he underwent special training last period.

Ferjani Sassi, Ashraf Bencharki, Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Hazem Imam, Obama, Ahmed Sayed Zizou, Tarek Hamed, and Mostafa Mohamed didn't perform much exercises mainly due to participation in front of Primero de Augusto.

Carteron communicated with the medical device to check on the player’s condition and demanded that everyone be equipped optimally for the coming period.]]>
12/10/2019 10:03:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saleh Gomaa returns to Al Ahly training sessions]]>
Swiss coach Rene Weiler has stopped Al-Ahly training session, on more than one occasion, to treat the defects that appeared in the performance of some players and the team as a whole during the training, which was conducted by the coaching staff on the sidelines of the team's training on Sunday.


Al-Ahly's coaching staff, led by Rene Weiler, called Hamza Alaa, the youth team goal keeper, born in 2001 to training session, with the first team on Sunday morning.

And Thomas Pinickel prepares the Al-Ahly loads scheme, a special physical program for players to get rid of the state of muscle strain after participating in the matches of Beni Suef in the cup, then the Sudanese, Al Hilal, in the Champions League.

The coaching staff, led by Weiler, seeks to equip all players through the hospital program of the main group that participated against Al Hilal.

Weiler and his players held a technical lecture before the start of the training, and witnessed some technical issues regarding facing Wadi Degla in the league, after the team returned to the training after a day of negative rest.

The injured duo, Ali Lutfi, Ali Maaloul, underwent light physical training in the gym on the sidelines of the team's training.

The duo Lutfi and Maaloul were keen on running training around the field on the sidelines of the training session.

Maaloul suffers from a tension in the connective muscle and the same with Saleh Gomaa, while Lotfi suffers from a strain in the posterior muscle.

Al-Ahly is preparing to face Wadi Degla in the seventh round of the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday.

Al-Ahly won 3-1 against Beni Suef in the 32nd round of the Egypt Cup, then 2-1 against Al-Hilal Al-Sudan in the second round of the group stage in the African Champions League.
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12/10/2019 9:08:00 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp reveals Matip & Fabinho absence till the end of the year]]>
Matip has been absent since last October due to an injury, while Fabinho was out of action in late November for the same reason.

When asked about the case of Matip and Fabinho, Klopp said: "There is nothing new; There is no hurry on my part."

"It is clear that they will not be on the team before the end of the year. Therefore, there is no point in asking them," he added in comments highlighted by his club's website.

About facing Salzburg, he explained, "We had multiple options except for Adam Lallana. Adam did not travel with us but he will return to training on Thursday. Under pressure, we could have benefited from him but we do not want that."

Liverpool need to win any result or draw with their hosts Salzburg in order to cross the round of 16, knowing that the loss with one goal will make them bid farewell to the championship in case Napoli's victory over Genk.

The Champions League holder defeated Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield, and qualifying for direct matches is decided.

Liverpool have 10 points in the lead, one point behind Napoli, while the Austrian team has 7 points in third place, while Genk has one point.]]>
12/10/2019 8:05:00 AM
<![CDATA['Demand on Housing' report released showing pivotal figures]]>
The fund’s Chairwoman May Abdel Hamid stated that results were derived from 10,000 samples, and that 35 percent of surveyed citizens had already applied for residential units in social housing projects. The official added that the income of 75 percent of the sample matches the maximum monthly salary set for eligibility.

Abdel Hamid declared that 76 percent of Egyptian families own their homes, and that home ownership in Greater Cairo has hit 60 percent, which is a rate that does not exist in many expensive cities in the world. The official highlights that the main reasons behind real estate purchases are marriage and social class enhancement.

For rent rates, the report shows that 25 percent of Greater Cairo dwellers are tenants of residential units in the old rent system, whereas they pay the owners LE 50 on average per month. The new rent system applies to 12 percent of Greater Cairo dwellers and the average of the monthly rent they pay is LE 650. Twenty-two percent of the income of new system tenants goes to rent payment.

The report indicates that 29 percent of Egyptians want to live in the same neighborhood and 47 percent want to reside in the same governorate. Seventy percent of Greater Cairo dwellers want to move to new cities.
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12/9/2019 5:21:59 PM
<![CDATA[Deliberations in Cairo over Turkey-Tripoli Government MoUs]]>
Saleh will discuss with Al-Salami the repercussions of the MoUs signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. The Libyan official will hold talks with Abdel Aal on the unification of the international stance on the MoUs and the cancellation of the international recognition of the Government of National Accord, which is not elected.

Later on, the speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives will head to Greece upon a formal invitation to meet Speaker of the Greek Parliament Nikos Voutsis to discuss the reverberations of the MoUs on both countries.

On the other hand, Abdel Aal said in the plenary session on Monday that Egypt would not remain silent in the face of “threats to our interests or attempts to mess up with our borders.” The speaker described any attempt to compromise the land, air or maritime borders of Egypt as “madness,” warning that both the Egyptian leadership and people would fiercely deter such “foolish acts.”

Abdel Aal asserted, “We stand with the Libyan Parliament led by brother Aguila Saleh. Here in the House of Representatives, we support him and we support the Libyan [National] Army that combats terror.”

Greece expelled Libyan Ambassador to Athens Mohamed Younes al-Manfy over an MoU signed by Turkey and Tripoli Government - led by Fayez al-Sarag - on November 27 demarking the maritime borders between Libya and the Greek island of Crete. Egypt, France, Greece and UAE refuted the MoU.

Egypt, Cyprus, Greece says Libyan-Turkish maritime MoUs "has no legal effect"

CAIRO - 28 November 2019: Egypt, Cyprus and Greece announced, Tuesday that the two security cooperation and maritime MoUs signed by Turkey and Libya's UN-backed government, "has no legal effect". According to Egypt's spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez, Minster Sameh Shoukry called both of his Greek and Cypriot counterparts discussing the newly signed MoUs.



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12/9/2019 5:03:28 PM
<![CDATA[Chadian amb. urges benefiting from Egyptian experience]]>
In press remarks on the sidelines of Chadian Defense Minister Mahamat Abali Salah's official visit to Egypt's Arab Organization for Industrialization on Sunday, Abdallah said that African could achieve self-sufficiency through cooperation among its own countries, state's news agency MENA reported.

Meeting the Chadian defense minister, Egyptian Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq affirmed Egypt's support of the African security forces in terms of great interest in cooperation with African countries and Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union.

Tawfiq hailed Salah's visit which shows the depth of ties between Egypt and Chad, welcoming developing of security cooperation between the two countries, especially training the Chadian police staff.

The Chadian minister, for his part, lauded the level of efficiency which the Egyptian Interior Ministry reached and its efforts to maintain the country's stability.

He expressed his interest to benefit from the Egyptian security expertise.

In October, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Chadian President Idress Deby on the sidelines of the Russian- African Forum in Sochi, Russia, according to a statement issued by Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi.

Sisi, during the meeting, underlined the strong historic relations between Egypt and Chad, affirming Egypt's keenness to further boost the bilateral relations, taking into account the two countries' mutual consensus on many regional and international issues.]]>
12/9/2019 5:00:36 PM
<![CDATA['King Lear' to stage in Egypt during December]]>
The play will stage at Cairo Show Theater in the Fifth Settlement on Dec. 13, 20, 27, 31 after previously staging in KSA within the Riyadh Season. The last time the play staged in Egypt was on Nov. 22. Along with veteran actor Yehya al-Fakhrani, the play stars Ahmed Fouad Salim, Rania Farid Shawqi, Reham Abdel Ghaffour, Heba Magdy, Nidal al-Shafie, Ahmed Azmy, Ahmed Fahim, Ayman al-Shewi, Nasser seif and Hamada Shousha. The play is directed by Tamer Karam.

“King Lear” revolves around a King who decided to distribute his properties among his three daughters. His youngest daughter though was not getting along with him; therefore, he decided to refrain from giving her any inheritance. While the king was dividing the inheritance, he demanded to live with each one of the daughters for a period of time. His elder daughters decided to steal the entire inheritance, leaving their dad bankrupt and kicking him out. The irony is that his younger daughter -which he previously deprived from the inheritance- was the one who took him in.


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12/9/2019 5:00:03 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy receives two awards from Bea World Awards]]>
These awards are considered the most two important awards in the world in the field of sports events.

Synergy claimed the second rank in World Sports Events , as well as receiving People’s Choice award.

The leading production company was granted these two prestigious awards because of the outstanding organisation of African Cup of Nations 2019.

Synergy performed a dazzling organisation to the AFCON opening and closing, following the latest techniques that weren't executed before in any other tournaments.

Last October ,YouTube granted the famed leading production company, Synergy, the Gold Creator Award after its YouTube channel surpassed 1 million subscribers.

The award was received by Synergy CEO Tamer Mursi. In April 2019, the United Company for Media Services announced that it has acquired the D Media Group, owner of the DMC satellite channels pack.

Renowned producer Mursi was announced chairman of the board.

In September, Egyptian Media Group (EMG) successfully sealed a deal to acquire 51 percent of Future Group Holding, which held the CBC channels pack.

The move sought to establish new integration between Egyptian media institutions to innovate and introduce new content throughout the Arab region.



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EMG also acquired Al-Hayah TV Network on July 5, 2018. Mursi was announced CEO of EMG in February 2018. As CEO of EMG, Mursi managed to strike several successful deals, placing the group in the forefront of media companies in the Middle East.

Synergy, one of the Egyptian Media Group’s arms, announced in Sept. 2018 its cooperation with Middle East Communications Network (MCN) after signing an agreement on Sept. 9.

MCN is under the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) is an international group specialized in media and publicity and was behind many popular advertising campaigns around the world.

These agreements come within Synergy’s pursuit to enhance the Egyptian media’s profile by reaching the widest base of interactive audience around the globe and spreading the best image that suits the professional values of media presented by the Egyptian Media Group, the biggest media and advertising entity in Egypt and the Arab World.

Mursi previously announced that this step is crucial for the Egyptian media, adding that the Egyptian media has achieved a leading domestic rank, where expansion has become a need to develop media tools on the Arab World’s level.

Mursi explained that this step is now fulfilled through cooperation with an international company like MCN, where a widespread, significant rank across Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Europe can be achieved.

MCN is an international American communication network. It has offices in more than 120 countries around the globe.

The Egyptian Media Group owns ON channels network, Al-Hayyah channel networks, Al-Youm7 newspaper, Sout Al-Omma, Dot Masr and Al-Nile radio among other media platforms.

This is in addition to other services offered by other Egyptian Media companies in production, advertising, public relations, sports marketing and digital media fields.
Mursi is one of the most prominent and successful TV drama producers.

He founded Synergy Productions, which produced widely-watched TV series. Mursi produced several of Adel Imam's successful works, most notably “The Naji Atallah Team.”

He leads the Ramadan race every year with the series he produces which are always considered the most successful such as “Hogan”, “Tal’et Haz”, “Abou Gabal”, “Hekayety”, “Le Akher Nafas” and others, amounting to 15 series in Ramadan 2019 only.

Every Ramadan, Mursi signs contracts with the most influential stars in the Arab world, securing the A-List actors. He also produced 'YES, I'M FAMOUS,' which featured several international mega stars, including Leonel Messi and Adel Imam.

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12/9/2019 4:55:15 PM
<![CDATA[Oil minister confers with BP officials on new gas projects]]>
The meeting took up the company's activities in Egypt and the development of new gas projects as well as present and future plans.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Petroleum, the minister said the meeting covered available investment opportunities in Egypt and means of beefing up strategic cooperation between Egypt and BP in the coming phase in view of Egypt's strategy to become a regional energy hub and expand its petroleum projects.

Talks also covered cooperation in the field of exchanging expertise, raising quality standards, as well as training of cadres.

Looney, on his part, highlighted the achievements of BP in Egypt since it started its operations in the Egyptian market 55 years ago, praising the positive cooperation with the sector of petroleum and the attractive investment atmosphere in Egypt.

He asserted that the company is committed to expanding its fields of operation in Egypt and luring more investments to this vital sector, citing its activities in North Alexandria and Atoll gas field in Eastern the Mediterranean.

Looney also praised Egypt's role in establishing the East Mediterranean Gas Forum which contributed to beefing up cooperation among its member countries, asserting that BP will continue backing the oil sector in Egypt and contribute to training Egyptian cadres in its various business spots worldwide.]]>
12/9/2019 4:47:31 PM
<![CDATA[CBE industry initiative to raise GDP to 7.5% annually: official]]>
Growth rates will be up to 5.9 percent from 5.2 percent by the completion of the initiative, he told a press conference held here on Monday.

The CBE has launched over the past years other initiatives to boost the industry worth LE 15 billion, he said, referring to more than 865 factories receiving sums that went to increasing their capital and purchasing machinery and equipment.

Egypt's exports are planned to reach around $200 billion by 2030, compared with only $29 billion last year, he stressed.]]>
12/9/2019 4:43:39 PM
<![CDATA[EGX adds LE 1.69B to market cap. amid red trading]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 lessened 0.38 percent, or 51.17 points, to close at 13,442.52 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 declined 0.44 percent, or 8.65 points, to end at 1,945.61 points

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 dipped 0.14 percent, or 0.72 points, to close at 523.07 points, and the broader index EGX 100 inched down 0.22 percent, or 3.04 points, to 1,369.05 points.


Market capitalization gained LE 1.69 billion, recording LE 692.88 billion, compared to LE 691.19 billion in Sunday’s session.

The trading volume reached 58.79 million shares, traded through 11,512 transactions, with a turnover of LE 431.32 million.

Egyptian investors were net buyers at LE 108.08 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 4.14 million, and LE 103.94 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 38.41 million, LE 5.21 million and LE 4.78 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 146.48 million, and LE 1.07 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 99.15 million.

National Real Estate Bank for Development, Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical, and Al Tawfeek Leasing Company-A.T.LEASE were top gainers of the session by 9.68 percent, 9.19 percent and 5.30 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Samad Misr -EGYFERT, Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co, and El Nasr For Manufacturing Agricultural Crops were top losers of the session by 8.06 percent, 5.85 percent, and 4.72 percent, respectively

On Sunday, EGX ended trading in red, as EGX30 lessened 0.94 percent, EGX50 declined 0.71 percent, EGX70 dropped 0.51 percent, and EGX100 dipped 0.73 percent.
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12/9/2019 4:36:05 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform concert in Marrakech on Dec. 29]]>
The star commented, “Thanks to Morocco’s king and people, I will be performing a huge concert in Marrakech on Dec. 29, where I will meet my beloved fans for the first time since I was granted the AFRIMA award.” In a different context, Ramadan will start filming his new series “El-Prince” on Dec. 16. The screenplay is produced by Synergy and is written and directed by Mohamed Sami.

Ahmed Zahir, Rogina, Mai Samy, and others will be participating alongside Ramadan in the much anticipated series. Furthermore, director Mohamed Sami will return from Alexandria in the coming days to complete writing the series. He will also participate in the Arab Theater Festival as a member of the jury, and is scheduled to hand over the rest of the episodes to the production company at the end of this month.
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12/9/2019 4:31:04 PM
<![CDATA[Admission opens for 3rd batch of executives leadership program]]>
The program targets public employees aged 30-45, and is designed to educate them on all matters of concern to the Egyptian state, critical thinking, and crisis management.

Eleven thousand had applied to join the second batch but only 80 passed the language, public knowledge, and psychological tests as well as the personal interviews.

The National Training Academy is also the entity in charge of delivering the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) aimed at training candidates on public administration. The second batch of the program has started the eight-month course in November. The academy was founded in 2017 to spearhead education and development in Egypt but its work expanded to include African candidates as well.

The commencement of the first batch of the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) took place in the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference, which was held in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) on July 30-31 and hosted 1,500 participants.
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12/9/2019 4:19:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt considering 3 bond offerings during 2019/20: finance minister]]>
The possible offerings could include issuing green, Islamic and variable-yield bonds, he added during a local financial newspaper conference.]]>
12/9/2019 4:18:51 PM
<![CDATA[Trudeau’s ex-advisor: Egypt is doing the world a great service through WYF]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today via Whatsapp, Zhou said that he first came to Egypt in 2018 to participate in the second edition of the World Youth Forum. “This forum shows the world that Egypt seeks to empower youth from across the globe. The forum promotes cooperation, peace, and innovation. We need more of this in our world,” he added.

“Egypt is doing the world a great service by fostering the empowerment of youth and different cultures,” Zhou continued.

الشاب الكندي كريس زو خلال لقاء ترودو
Canadian Chris Zhou during his meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau - Photo via Chris Zhou's Facebook page


Zhou was a former youth policy advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His mission for the past few years has been to connect youths from around the world.

He expressed his delight after he had the opportunity to sit down with both Egyptian ministers of youth and environment at the closing ceremony of the WYF in 2018, commenting “I was extremely inspired by their dedication and passion towards a better future for Egyptian youth and indeed youth from all around the world.”

Regarding his expected participation in the WYF this year, Zhou stressed he is especially interested in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and that he often hears in the West, and even in China about how AI is going to shape the developed world.

He continued, “But what about the developing world? At the WYF, I look forward to hearing from innovators from different parts of the world to share their perspectives on AI.”

Zhou went on to say that the world is becoming more and more globalized at the meantime, ensuring that intercultural collaboration is the key.

“Selected out of 14,000 applicants, I represented my province as a youth policy advisor to the prime minister. My team led and developed the country's first Canada Youth Policy,” he clarified.

Through this experience, Zhou noted that he learned that diversity makes people stronger. “As Canadians, we are proud of Canada's diverse population, and I applaud the WYF's dedication towards promoting diverse cultures.”

الشاب الكندي كريس زو إلى جانب رئيس الوزراء الكندى ترودو
Canadian Chris Zhou during his meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau - Photo via Chris Zhou's Facebook page

The World Youth Forum (WYF) implemented a number of cooperation programs with leading regional and international organizations to cover issues during the forum's sessions, such as food security and artificial intelligence.

Nearly 300,000 persons from 196 countries have registered for the third edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), compared to 122,000 young people from 194 countries in 2018.
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12/9/2019 4:09:21 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: More astonishing artifacts transferred to GEM]]>
The artifacts were transferred amid the tight security measures of the Tourism and Antiquities Police and the Security Forces. General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah stated that some of the transferred artifacts will be placed on the Great Staircase, while other artifacts will be exhibited in different halls of the museum according to their era.

Director of Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas clarified that one of the most important transferred artifacts are the statues of King Ramesses II, Sekhmet, and Seti II, and a large portrait made of pink granite of Ramses IV. This is in addition to a distinguished set of statues that convey the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

For his part, Director General of Executive Affairs for the Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Essa Zidan stated that the transfer process was carried out through several stages, including 3D imaging, radar examination, and an initial restoration of some of the artifacts.

Zidan pointed out that the transportation was carried out in cooperation with the Arab Contractors Company, and under the supervision of specialists of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Six artifacts weighing between 4 and 16 tons were among the transferred antiquities, in addition to a variety of other pieces of wood, stone and metal that were deposited in the specialized restoration laboratories.

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12/9/2019 4:08:02 PM
<![CDATA[American direct investment in Egypt records $22.8B in 2019 ]]>
Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr met with Deputy Director of the United States Agency for International Development Andrew Plett during his first visit to Egypt to review the Egyptian priorities for the coming period, in the presence of Director of the United States Agency for International Development in Egypt Sherry Carlin, and Investment Minister Assistant Sherihan Bakhit.

The meeting discussed increasing cooperation between Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development, as the total portfolio with the American side reached about $1 billion.

According to government data, about 1560 American companies operate in Egypt in various economic sectors, including oil and renewable energy, agriculture, foodstuffs, industry, telecommunications and information technology.

Egypt is also the largest recipient of American investment in Africa, and the second in the Middle East. According to the data, the total US capital in Egypt in the non-oil sectors amounted to about $2.6 billion, distributed among 1,268 companies.

The minister referred to the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States of America and the existing economic cooperation, which reflects the economic partnership between the two countries in the development sectors and projects that were prioritized according to the citizens' needs, and the Egyptian economic and social reform program.

She emphasized that the government's priorities are to empower youth and women, and support small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the drinking water and sanitation sector, while expanding social protection programs through the implementation of development projects in all fields such as infrastructure, developing and establishing new roads, social housing, health care, and education.

For his part, Plett praised the economic and social reform program and the measures taken by Egypt to improve the investment climate, noting that the United States Agency for International Development is proud to partner with Egypt in a number of projects, and is looking forward to a strong economic partnership with the country in the next stage in light of the economic successes and improvement in the business environment.

The bilateral agreements signed within the framework of the US economic assistance program amounted to $600 million from 2014 until now; $200 million were allocated to finance small and medium projects and entrepreneurship through the Egyptian-American Business Fund from 2014 until now.

The value of what America provided to Egypt was about $30 billion in aid since 1979.

Moreover, the volume of trade exchange between the two countries increased 34 percent to reach $7.5 billion in 2018, compared to $5.6 billion in 2017, and Egyptian non-oil exports to the American market increased by 14.8 percent, to reach $1.658 billion in 2018, compared to $1.444 million in 2017.

As per Us imports from Egypt, New Jersey came on top of the most important American states importing from Egypt in 2017, with imports amounting to about $270.4 million, followed by California with $231.6 million, Georgia with $193.7 million, New York with $189.5 million, and finally Texas with a value of $135.4 million.










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12/9/2019 3:41:04 PM
<![CDATA[ ‘Feloos’ to be released on Dec. 25]]>
The poster features caricatures of the cast; Tamer Hosny, Khaled Elsawy, Zeina, Aicha Ben Ahmed, and Mohamed Sallam surrounded by fire, flying cash and luxurious towers in Cairo and other cities around the world, which preparing the audience for a thrilling game.

The film features Seif, a scammer who helps the rich beauty Hala to restore her money from another scammer.

In an endless series of games and deception, the concepts of love, friendship and life are no longer clear.

Money is scripted by Mohamed Abdelmoati,based on a concept by Tamer Hosny.

Alongside Hosny, the film stars Khaled Elsawy, Zeina, Aicha Ben Ahmed, and Mohamed Sallam.

Hosny will celebrate New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.]]>
12/9/2019 3:31:25 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi investors willing to take part in Egypt's Sovereign Fund: Min.]]>
The investors are members of the Saudi Egyptian Business Council, Saeed noted. Similar meetings are set to be held with Emirati investors as well, she added.

This came in a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli; Yehia Zaki, chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority; Ayman Soliman, and the executive director of Egypt's Sovereign Wealth Fund.

The Minister revealed a decision to establish a number of sub-funds affiliated to the Sovereign Fund, in order to invest in a number of sectors, including a fund for renewable energy.

For his part, Soliman said that a number of meetings were held on the sidelines of the Investment for Africa Forum held earlier, affirming a consensus that Egypt was the first destination for investment in Africa in various sectors.

Soliman, who was named as the executive director of Sovereign Wealth Fund in October, earlier expressed hope to secure partnership with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman on the fund.

That came only few days after Egypt and the UAE announced establishing a new joint strategic platform, with total investment of $20 billion, through the Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company and Egypt’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Soliman said the desired partnership could take many forms, including the establishment of investment funds and platforms.

Soliman said the negotiations with Oman, in this regard, have reached much progressed stage, adding that they could be completed by the end of this year. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also have the desire to invest in Egypt, Soliman asserted.

Referring to the platform reached with the Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company earlier in November, Soliman said that Egypt was willing to reach similar partnerships with the three Arab states.

The strategic platform was announced during President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s visit to the UAE, during which he met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed.

The partnership aims to establish strategic joint ventures, specialized funds or investment instruments, to invest in several sectors, most notably manufacturing, traditional and renewable energy, technology, food and real estate, tourism, healthcare, logistics, financial services, infrastructure and others, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi added.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed announced the establishment of the platform on his Twitter account.

"Together with my brother, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi we launched a joint strategic investment platform between the UAE and Egypt worth $20 billion to implement vital economic and social projects for our brotherly countries," Mohamed bin Zayed wrote.]]>
12/9/2019 3:23:51 PM
<![CDATA[Sheikh Zayed Book Awards reveal long list of translation category]]>
Most of its translators are from Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and France.The list includes four works translated from English to Arabic, five works translated from French to Arabic and one translated from Arabic to French. Translators Loay Abdul Mageed and Sherif el-Saify from Egypt compete for the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards.

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12/9/2019 2:54:52 PM
<![CDATA['Otl Fani' to stage in Riyadh Season]]>
The trio, with the participation of Ayten Amer and Nashwa Mostafa, started the rehearsals in the past days.The play comes as Akram Hosni, Hisham Maged and Sheiko's first experience on stage, after presenting a number of comedy films and shows during the past years. Akram Hosni had previously agreed with director Magdy el-Hawary to present a play called "The Obscene City" written by Hatem Hussein; however, the deal was broken for some reason.

In a similar context, Hosni is working on a new movie entitled "El Ameel Sefr" with director Mohamed Sami. The rising comedian is also taking part in the screenplay “Timon and Bomba” written by Ayman Watar, directed by Ahmed el-Gendy and produced by Synergy. It will be broadcast in Ramadan 2020.Also, Hisham Maged and Sheiko are preparing for their upcoming series entitled “Al Le’ba” set to be broadcast during Ramadan 2020. The series is co-starring Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Tharwat, Mai Kassab, Duaa Ragab, Mirna Gameel, Sami Maghawry and Arefah Abdel-Rasoul and is directed by Moataz al-Tuni.




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12/9/2019 2:46:25 PM
<![CDATA[Planning minister meets Saudi delegation taking part in business talks in Egypt]]>
The meeting took up efforts to update Egypt's 2030 vision to better cope with economic changes following the implementation of the reform program in 2016, the minister said in a statement.

The updated strategy should also be in line with all international sustainable development goals and Africa's 2063 agenda, Saeid added.

She also touched upon efforts to automate government services and include digital transformation in Egypt's administrative reform plan with the aim to ease measures, reduce corruption and satisfy citizens.

A sovereign fund has been established to attract investments in accordance with a sustainable development strategy and Egypt's 2030 vision, the minister further said.

This should also help create jobs for youth and develop Egypt's resources to be used by current and future generations, Saeid added.

She also talked about efforts to improve the business climate in Egypt, and mechanisms to encourage investment and boost private sector contribution.

The Saudi delegation expressed interest in working with the fund, forming new partnerships and benefiting from growth opportunities in Egypt]]>
12/9/2019 2:33:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Germany sign 36-million-pound deal for agricultural cooperation]]>CAIRO, 9 December 2019: Egypt and Germany signed on Monday a 36-million-pound grant agreement to guarantee high-quality of agricultural production.

The agreement aims at improving the quality of agricultural products and setting up a platform for dialogue between the two countries' experts as regards agricultural production.

The agreement was inked by Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr and German Ambassador here Cyrill Nunn.

Nasr said the agreement will help boost the agricultural production sector and achieve food security.

The minister called on the German companies to pump more investments into the Egyptian market, noting that German investments in Egypt are estimated at 7.4 billion dollars.

There are 1,215 German companies operating in Egypt in the domains of petroleum, iron and steel, gas, communications, car manufacturing, chemicals and car components.

She lauded the size of cooperation between Egypt and Germany which now stands at two billion euros.

The German diplomat lauded economic reforms in Egypt, saying the Egyptian economy is progressing and this is clearly reflected in the growing trade volume between the two countries.

He also praised the improvement of Egypt's business climate that encourages German companies to increase investments in the country. ]]>
12/9/2019 2:31:44 PM
<![CDATA[Banque du Caire to sell stake on stock exchange in Q1 2020]]>
He made the announcement during his participation in the Arab Banking Conference, organized by the Union of Arab Banks.

Fayed said the move is aimed at increasing the bank's capital, noting that the high profits will contribute to the success of the initial public offering. ]]>
12/9/2019 2:29:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s industrial production value records LE 168.4B]]>
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) clarified in its quarterly bulletin of industrial production of public and private enterprises for the first quarter (January-March) 2019 that food products manufacture contributed with the highest percentage in the total industrial production during the first quarter 2019, as it reached 22.7 percent.

Coke and refined petroleum products manufacture came second by 21.7 percent; then Iron, steel, precious metals and foundry manufacture by 17 percent of the industrial production value (excluding crude and refined petroleum), according to the bulletin.

“Production value of textile manufacturing and processing reached LE 5.6 billion for the first quarter of 2019, compared to LE 5.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018, with a decrease rate of 6.1 percent, while it reached LE 5.9 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018, with a decrease of 4.8 percent,” the report revealed.

CAPMAS attributed the decrease in the textile production to the availability of production stock.

Moreover, the bulletin added that the production value of the pharmaceutical, chemical, and medicinal plant products reached LE 9.8 billion for the first quarter of 2019, compared to LE 9.5 billion pounds for the first quarter of 2018,marking an increase rate of 3.5 percent.

According to the bulletin, this hike came due to an increase in the sales according to signed contracts, adding that it reached LE 8.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, with an increase of 11 percent.

The report also showed that the production value of wearing apparel manufacture increased 17.9 percent, reaching LE 5.1 billion for the first quarter of 2019, compared to LE 4.3 billion for the first quarter of 2018, attributing the increase to the rise in export contracts. It added that production of wearing apparel reached LE 4.5 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018, with an increase of 12.5 percent.












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12/9/2019 2:26:48 PM
<![CDATA[1st edition of Abu Dhabi Music Week to kick off March 2020]]>
The first edition will focus on electronic dance music, also known as EDM, featuring Ultra Music Festival, which is one of the world's top music festivals. The week will also include city-wide international and local music events at some of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions, including the inaugural DJ Mag Middle East conference.

Commenting on hosting the pioneering music platform in the Emirati capital, Destination Marketing Director at the Department of Culture and Tourism Saeed Al- Saeed said, “Abu Dhabi Music Week is a lively celebration of music that is set to be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

We believe in the power of music to unite people of all backgrounds. Therefore, we created Abu Dhabi Music Week to demonstrate our commitment to providing our residents and visitors alike with unforgettable experiences. We are proud to be hosting the first Middle East edition of the globally acclaimed Ultra Music Festival and the prestigious DJ Mag Middle East conference and we look forward to announcing several more exciting additions to the week in the future."

Ultra Music Festival was founded in 1999 in Miami, Florida, and attracted over 170,000 attendees in its 2019 edition. Having taken place across the world in locations such as South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, and Australia, Abu Dhabi will host the first ever Ultra Music Festival in the Middle East.

"We are humbled by the opportunity to bring Ultra to the Middle East for the first time in the amazing venue at du Arena at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. We want to thank the electronic dance music community for sharing their passion and requests for us to bring the brand here. We would also like to thank the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi for their endless support.

We feel honored to be able to play a part in making Abu Dhabi the central hub for entertainment in the Middle East. 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us and we look forward to developing a long-term icon for festival goers to indulge in," Executive Producer of Ultra Abu Dhabi Dudley Chou stated.

Abu Dhabi Music Week will also include the first Middle East edition of the DJ Mag conference, a landmark music industry event organized by British electronic music publication, DJ Mag. The conference, which is amongst the first of its kind in the region, will run for two days, featuring groundbreaking music industry talks, workshops hosted by top electronic music industry experts, artist sessions and talent matching and booking programmes.

The Middle East's Ultimate Beach and Music Festival, Club Social, will also be part of the thrilling music festival. The event will take place over a course of three days from March 12 to 14, and will feature two international megastar headline artists followed by "Battle of the Bands," which showcases the talents of the UAE’s best rising stars.

Club Social, winner of Time Out Abu Dhabi's Best Live Music Event, boasts plenty of daytime beachside activities, premium entertainment, live musicians and DJs, as well as some of the most unique food concepts in town. Other activities include exciting land and water sports, as well as family-friendly workshops and activities.

Residents and visitors of Abu Dhabi will also have access to an array of nightlife and music events which will take place at venues across the city during the week, alongside offers and discounts at some of the capital’s largest retail and culinary outlets.

Tickets and artists for Abu Dhabi Music Week will be announced over the coming months, and visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi will be able to take advantage of a number of offers and discounts to attend the event. The pioneering music platform is expected to be followed by several other editions in the future that celebrate a variety of music genres.
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12/9/2019 1:41:30 PM
<![CDATA[CBE issues LE 4B in T-bonds Monday]]>
The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 2.25 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 1.75 billion with a seven-year term.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation for the third consecutive meeting in row by 1 percent or 100 basis points during Thursday's meeting, Nov. 14, matching experts' anticipations.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to be at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates were declined to 12.75 percent from 13.75 percent.

A number of economists said the appeal of foreigners to Egyptian debt instruments would continue even after interest rates were cut.

Experts predict that interest rates on debt instruments will continue to fall due to falling interest rates, especially as they recorded a decline in their latest offer.

The Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the government debt to GDP ratio to 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.



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12/9/2019 1:37:58 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo, Hurghada selected among top 100 tourist destinations]]>
More than 400 cities around the world were studied on the basis of the number of tourist arrivals during 2018.

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This came as a continuation of the success achieved by the Egyptian tourism sector, which was evident in many international reports that highlighted the various tourism and archeological components that Egyptian cities enjoy, according to the report.

For her part, Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat praised the selection of Cairo and Hurghada among the best 100 tourist destinations in 2019, pointing out that the report comes as part of the international acclaim that Egyptian tourism has recently received.

Mashat confirmed that this reflects the changing world view of Egyptian tourism following the launch and implementation of the structural reform program in the tourism sector, which led to the sector’s success and growth.


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The minister indicated that these results illustrate the success of the Ministry of Tourism's plan to promote each tourism city or region separately, and highlight its tourism components within the framework of the international promotional campaign for Egypt.

According to this report, Cairo ranked 42nd, advancing five places from 2013-2018, and came as the fourth best tourist destination in Africa and the Middle East, jumping 18 places from 2013-2018.

The report attributed this success to a number of reasons, including the major shift witnessed in Egypt in 2018 to restore its position in regional tourism, as extensive economic reforms attracted foreign investment in tourism and travel.






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12/9/2019 1:00:14 PM
<![CDATA[Talaat Moustafa to issue LE 2B bonds ]]>
In response to a report published under the title "Talaat Mostafa is preparing a multi-issue sukuk program," Talaat Mostafa said in a statement to the Egyptian Stock Exchange that this comes in the framework of the company’s endeavor to diversify the sources of financing by entering the bond and sukuk market to finance the company's assets of recurring yield nature.

Talaat Moustafa Group Holding (TMG Holding) announced in November the hike of its consolidated profits by 9.9 percent during the first nine months of 2019, recording LE 1.37 billion, compared to LE 1.24 billion, including minority rights, in the same months of 2018.

The financial indicators showed that its revenues increased during the period of 2019 to reach LE 5.1 billion, compared to LE 4.74 billion in the same period of the prior year.

Talaat Moustafa Group Holding is a public company listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) since November 2007.

TMG Holding operates within the real estate sector focusing on real estate development. It has 13 subsidiaries operating across Egypt.

The company’s capital is LE 20.63 billion that are dividend on 2.06 billion shares with a nominal value of LE 10 per share.

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12/9/2019 12:56:27 PM
<![CDATA[Economic reform program reflected in positive figures: Ma’it]]>
"An initial surplus of 2 percent of GDP was achieved in 2019 instead of a primary deficit of 8.4 percent in 2014," the minister continued.

Ma’it added that the unemployment rate fell from 13.3 percent to 7.5%, and the inflation rate from 36 percent to 3.4 percent, while the growth rate increased from 4.4 to 5.6 percent. “We are targeting a growth rate of 7 percent by 2022."The foreign currency cash reserves have jumped from $12 billion in 2014 to more than $ 45 billion currently,” he revealed.

This came in the minister's speech delivered on behalf of Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly during the annual Arab Banking Conference entitled “The implications of political fluctuations on the course of banking work.”

The minister explained that the economic reform program was based on raising the efficiency of public spending and rationalizing consumption and delivery of subsidies to those who deserve it through effective programs of protection and social support for the neediest groups. This is in addition to increasing spending on health and education from LE 115 billion in 2014 to LE 210 billion in 2019, and increasing food subsidies from LE 39.4 billion in 2014 to LE 87 billion in 2019.

He added that the largest social housing program in the world has been implemented for low and intermediate income people, where about 750,000 housing units have been delivered to their owners, explaining that the banking system is an original partner in implementing projects to support and improve the citizens' standard of living, as the central and commercial banks provided the necessary financing with a return reduced to 50 percent sometimes.

Ma’it pointed out that the stability of political conditions and economic growth are among the most important pillars of progress and development, and that it is not possible to achieve full political stability without a stable economy that is capable of providing the main needs and requirements of society, and ensures continuous improvement in the standard of living of citizens, and economic growth cannot be achieved without political stability.

He pointed out that political stability affects the economic situation of the country with its significant impact on investment decisions, whether for domestic or foreign investors; it also impacts the productivity and performance of individuals within the economic system, as political stability helps the state agencies perform their role and achieve their goals. He also stressed that the banking system plays a significant role because its tools affect the performance of projects, whether national, social or economic.


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12/9/2019 12:52:54 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges drafting project to identify talents in scientific fields]]>
Sisi's remarks came in a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and Communications Minister Amr Talaat, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The meeting discussed efforts to develop the higher education sector and scientific research, and reviewed the executive status of national projects in that sector, including the establishment of new private, governmental, international, and technological universities in various governorates.

They also discussed activating the national strategy for artificial intelligence through capacity-building, scientific approaches and scientific research.

During the meeting, Sisi urged intensifying efforts to implement the government's plan of digitization, with the aim of providing the best and latest services to citizens in a simple and easy way.

In November, Madbouli attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding on implementing the digitization and computation project in all government sectors in a number of governorates as part of a plan to develop the governmental work methods in the entire state, state's news agency MENA reported.

The meeting was also attended by Talaat, as well as Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawi.

The step is part of the national role played by Telecom Egypt in supporting the state's strategic plan and implementing the directives of the political leadership as regards finalizing the digitization and computation process in all government sectors, Talaat said following the signing of the MoU.]]>
12/9/2019 12:08:44 PM
<![CDATA[We'll fight till the end: Pep Guardiola]]>
City fell at home and among their fans against neighbor Manchester United with 1-2 in round 16 of the Premier League, to expand the difference with leaders Liverpool to 14 points.

"We have to keep on chasing, if we are not able to catch up with Liverpool, we will try next season," Pep said in statements highlighted by his club's website.

"Sometimes you don't win and the other teams are better, you just should not give up."

"If things don't go well, maybe next season we will be better," added the Spanish coach.

On the United match, Guardiola explained, "I love the way my team plays, even though we suffered a little against Manchester United unlike previous years."

"We wasted some opportunities, we lost the balls, but in general we did what needs to be done," he continued.

"We must try to reduce the amount of counter-attacks that we have received, we must press more," he said.

The Red Devils wrote a tough victory for coach Ole Gunnar Solskajer men, while Pep Guardiola's hopes of keeping his nickname from fading away.

United goal scorers Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and reduced the difference for City through the defender Nicholas Otamendi.

City remained in third place, taking advantage of the loss of Chelsea, standing at 32 points, 14 points behind leaders Liverpool.

As for United, they became in the fifth place, surpassing Tottenham with 24 points, 5 points behind the Blues who finished fourth.]]>
12/9/2019 11:54:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, China mull establishing movable classrooms]]>
The project will be carried out in collaboration with China's NetDragon company.

The meeting took up various aspects of mutual cooperation, including a plan to teach Chinese at Egyptian schools as a second language in cooperation with Confucius Institute.

It also probed a potential project with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to build local schools for applied technology, which will qualify graduates for work at telecoms companies.

Moreover, the two sides tackled arrangements for establishing a Chinese Luban workshop at the Advanced Technical School for Maintenance Technology in Nasr City to improve technical education.

The projects fall within the framework of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is envisioned to open new horizons of cooperation, especially at the educational level.]]>
12/9/2019 11:37:47 AM
<![CDATA[Brexit versus public services: Rival British leaders make final campaign push]]>
“We have just three days to make that a reality, three days to break the deadlock and avoid a hung parliament ... three days to get Brexit done,” he will say on Monday during a visit to Sunderland in the northeast of England.

The city was one of the first places to declare its residents had voted for Brexit after a referendum in 2016.

While Johnson has made the Dec. 12 election chiefly about ending the tortuous path to divorce from the bloc, his main rival, the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn, has focused on promises of sweeping economic steps to benefit struggling Britons.

Labour will pledge on Monday to begin delivering its plans to end public spending cuts and begin nationalising industries within 100 days of taking office.

Johnson is ahead in opinion polls and forecast to win the 320 or so parliamentary seats he needs to finalise the EU divorce by Jan. 31. But, with many areas expected to be very tight contests, even a small change in public opinion could cost him an outright majority.

That would lead to a hung parliament that many expect to result in a temporary government led by Corbyn. This would mean the Labour leader had limited powers to enact his economic reforms, but would see smaller parties coalesce behind holding a second Brexit referendum.

Labour, which would need a huge last-minute swing in public opinion to claim a majority of its own, has promised to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU and then to give voters a choice between leaving under that deal or staying in the bloc.

Corbyn’s campaign has centred on appealing to voters who are frustrated after almost a decade of spending cuts by successive Conservative-led governments.

Labour is offering more public spending paid for by higher taxes on companies and the wealthy, hundreds of billions of pounds of infrastructure investment funded through borrowing, and a programme of nationalisation.

“When we win power it will be to give it to you,” Labour’s would-be finance minister John McDonnell will say during a speech on Monday.

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12/9/2019 11:08:28 AM
<![CDATA[World-famous robot Sophia to attend WYF in Sharm El Sheikh]]>
Sophia's invitation comes in light of the forum's great interest in artificial intelligence.

Sources at the forum said that robot Sophia appeared in a video, announcing her participation in the forum.

Sophia was created by the Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics.

She displays more than 50 facial expressions and uses visual data processing and artificial intelligence to interact with people.]]>
12/9/2019 11:01:50 AM
<![CDATA[Parl't approves amendment to some articles of law regulating youth bodies]]>
The draft law exempts youth bodies from at least 75 percent of water, electricity and gas fees.

Article 4 of the approved bill stipulates that if any youth body fails to legalize its status based on ministerial decree no. 36/2018, within six months as of the date upon which the law come into force, it shall be deemed dissolved by law. ]]>
12/9/2019 10:56:39 AM
<![CDATA[Sharm El Shiekh airport records Africa's fastest growth rate in 2019: Routesonline]]>
The latest figures from Sabre Market Intelligence have revealed that the airport, which is the third busiest in Egypt, has increased capacity by 28.9 percent this year to 1.49 million available departure seats. This compares with 1.16 million departure seats in 2018.

Number three in the top ten list of fastest-growing major African airports is Hurghada, which recorded a growth rate of 11.9% this year. ]]>
12/9/2019 10:54:33 AM
<![CDATA[Trial of 215 MB defendants in 'Helwan Brigades' case delayed to Dec. 9]]>
The defendants are accused of forming armed groups called "Helwan Brigades" with the aim of carrying out attacks against policemen, destroying property and public facilities, as well as vandalizing electricity towers and transformers.

In February 2015, the prosecutor general ordered the 215 suspects to be referred to the criminal court, while keeping 127 of them in pretrial detention, until the remaining suspects are captured and brought to justice.

During investigations and questioning, 51 suspects admitted to joining the armed groups as well as illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives.]]>
12/9/2019 10:52:20 AM
<![CDATA[Hazem Emam predicts FC Pyramids to win the confederation cup]]>
Hazem Imam continued in statements to TIME SPORTS, FC Pyramids is a strong team that includes great players such as Abdullah Al-Saeed, Omar Jaber, Ahmed Al-Shinnawi, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Farouk, Eric Traore, Nabil Dunga, and others and nominated them to win the Confederation.

The former Football Association member added that Pyramids and Al Masry are taking good steps in the Confederation tournament, and nominated them to qualify from the group stages.

The group stage draw for the Confederation Cup, which was held at the Confederation of African Football Confederation "CAF", resulted in the presence of Al Masry and FC Pyramids teams in the first group, accompanied by Nigerian Rangers and Nouadhibou of Mauritania.

Al Masry leads their group with 6 points & FC Pyramids is in the second place with 6 points.
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12/9/2019 10:39:00 AM
<![CDATA[et reviews daily nail care tips]]>
et reviews some daily nail care tips that proved most effective, according to the website of the American Academy of Dermatology.

• Nails must be kept clean, dry. Avoid excessive exposure to water.

• Clip nails regularly with sharp nail scissors, avoid biting nails or removing the skin around the nails.

• Clip toenails regularly to avoid the risk of injury.

• If toenails are thick and difficult to trim, it is recommended to soak the feet in warm salty water for 5 to 10 minutes.

• Moisturize nails with oil, such as almond oil or avocado oil, to prevent them from drying out and maintain their elasticity and strength.

• Eat foods rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and beans, which help to strengthen nails and keep them healthy.]]>
12/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Bahrain crown Arabian Gulf Cup champions]]>
The Saudi team wasted the opportunity to advance in the first half, after Salman Al-Faraj missed a penalty kick in the 11th minute that was awarded to the star Salem Al-Dossary and carried out by Al-Faraj outside the goal.

Before the end of the first half, the Saudi team demanded another penalty kick after Hamdan fell inside the penalty area.

In the second half, the Saudi team's attempts remained against Bahrain, but from a counter attack, Bahrain managed to score a surprising goal through Mohamed Saad Al-Rumaihi in the 69th minute through a cross around it directly on the far corner.

The Bahraini team will win the title of the Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time in their history, to write their name in the golden record of the Gulf Cup, and the failure of Saudi Arabia to win the title for the fourth time in its history.

Although Bahrain hosted the Gulf Cup championship events "4 times," Al-Ahmar was unable to take advantage of the land and public workers to win the title.

Kuwait is the most crowned team in the Gulf Cup with 10 titles, followed by Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Qatar with three titles, and the Emirates and Sultanate of Oman with two titles, while Yemen did not taste the crowning title.

The match was to be held at Khalifa Stadium, but the organizing committee decided to transfer it to Al-Duhail, to ensure that the stadium with a capacity of 12,000 spectators is full, especially after the Qatari team did not qualify for the final match, after a 0/1 loss against its Saudi counterpart.

On the other hand, the Bahrain national team qualified for the final match, after defeating their Iraqi counterpart 5-3 on penalties, after the end of the original and extra time of the match in a 2-2 draw.]]>
12/9/2019 9:47:00 AM
<![CDATA[Weiler fixes Al Ahly's mistakes in the training session]]>

Al-Ahly's coaching staff, led by Rene Weiler, called Hamza Alaa, the youth team goal keeper, born in 2001 to training session, with the first team on Sunday morning.

And Thomas Pinickel prepares the Al-Ahly loads scheme, a special physical program for players to get rid of the state of muscle strain after participating in the matches of Beni Suef in the cup, then the Sudanese, Al Hilal, in the Champions League.

The coaching staff, led by Weiler, seeks to equip all players through the hospital program of the main group that participated against Al Hilal.

Weiler and his players held a technical lecture before the start of the training, and witnessed some technical issues regarding facing Wadi Degla in the league, after the team returned to the training after a day of negative rest.

The injured trio, Ali Lutfi, Ali Maaloul, and Saleh Juma, underwent light physical training in the gym on the sidelines of the team's training.

The duo Lutfi and Maaloul were keen on running training around the field on the sidelines of the training session.

Maaloul suffers from a tension in the connective muscle and the same with Saleh Gomaa, while Lotfi suffers from a strain in the posterior muscle.

Al-Ahly is preparing to face Wadi Degla in the seventh round of the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday.

Al-Ahly won 3-1 against Beni Suef in the 32nd round of the Egypt Cup, then 2-1 against Al-Hilal Al-Sudan in the second round of the group stage in the African Champions League.
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12/9/2019 8:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[Youth Love Egypt, AU-YVC clean Nile waters in Giza]]>
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The founder of “Youth Love Egypt” organization, Ahmed Fathi, said that the campaign aims to raise water and environmental awareness in Africa to protect the existing organisms. Fathi added that the organization has previously launched a campaign in April, named “Cleanshores”, to reduce the consumption of plastic in north of Africa, the campaign included Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, it operated in Cairo, Giza and several other governorates.

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The head of Egypt’s African Youth Bureau, Hasan Ghazali, that the participants were provided by the African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC), they represent 54 African states. Ghazali pointed out that the campaign is hosted by the Olympic Center For Training National Teams in Maadi.

The volunteers managed to clean the Nile water of 2 tons of wastes.

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12/9/2019 3:06:29 AM
<![CDATA[Literary Conference of Egypt kicks off on Dec. 9]]>
The conference comes under the title “Cultural Mobility and the Awareness Crisis ... Creativity and Reception” and bears the name of renowned late poet Bayram al-Tunisi.

Moreover, the conference will be chaired by artist Ezz el-Din Naguib, and its secretariat will be poet Hazem Hussein. This is under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Port Said Governor Adel el-Ghadban.

The opening activities of the conference begin at 5 pm tomorrow (Dec.8) with the National Anthem, followed by an artistic performance of Opera Arabi and another for the Port Said Folklore Band. A documentary film on the city of Port Said will be screened, and another about the conference. Speeches will then be delivered before concluding with several honorings.

This year, the conference will discuss the main theme on "Cultural Mobility and the Awareness Crisis ... Creativity and Reception".

It also discusses seven general themes, namely: “The relationship between radical social variables and cultural mobility”, “Cultural mobility and the question of identity and enlightenment”, “The effect of translation and Arabization on creativity and reception”, “Cultural groupings and movements and their impact on mobility and awareness”, “The active awareness gap ... the distress of receiving between theory and practice”, “The effectiveness of communication techniques in the culture industry” and “The creative, critical, heritage and artistic scene in Port Said Governorate”.

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تنطلق خلال أيام الدورة الرابعة والثلاثين من مؤتمر أدباء مصر 2019، والذى تنظمه الهيئة العامة لقصور الثقافة، أكبر تجمع ثقافى لأدباء مصر وأقاليمها والذى ينتظره الكثير المثقفين.




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Bayram al-Tunisi: Main personality of Literary Conference

CAIRO - 10 June 2019: In its 34th edition, the Literary Conference of Egypt celebrates iconic late poet Bayram al-Tunisi, one of Egypt's most famous colloquial poets. Tunisi was selected by the General Secretariat of the conference as the conference's personality of 2019.


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12/8/2019 5:49:14 PM
<![CDATA[DNA tests used to determine Nefertiti’s mummy]]>
Recently, Zahi Hawass has announced the start of the National Project for the Study of Royal Mummies. Will Nefertiti be found?

"Queen Nefertiti may be one of two mummies already discovered," said Hawas during one of his lectures in London, expressing his belief that using modern DNA tests might help find out the mummy of Queen Nefertiti among the mummies discovered in the Valley of the Kings.

Hawass clarified that he was exploring a new site in the Valley of the Kings to search for the tombs of Queen Nefertiti and Queen Ankhesenamun, admitting the queens may have been found already. The mummies will also be examined using CT-scans.

It was believed that Queen Nefertiti, who died in 1331 BC, was buried in a large room behind a hidden door in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. However, in 2018, the Ministry of Antiquities announced that the investigation, which continued for 3 years and included a radar survey of the cemetery, proved conclusively that there were no secret rooms.

“Everyone asks me if Nefertiti is buried in the tomb of Tutankhamun and the answer is no,” concluded the renowned Egyptologist.

Nefertiti (1370 – 1330 BC) was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a revolution pushed by religion, in which they worshipped one god; Aten.

Together with her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history.

Some scholars claim that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband's death and before reigning Tutankhamun, however, this claim has never been confirmed.

Nefertiti had many titles including Hereditary Princess, Lady of Grace, Lady of The Two Lands, among others.
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12/8/2019 5:14:45 PM
<![CDATA[EGX loses LE 3.99B on Sunday]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 lessened 0.94 percent, or 128.44 points, to close at 13,493.69 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 declined 0.71 percent, or 13.94 points, to end at 1,954.26 points

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 dipped 0.51 percent, or 2.71 points, to close at 523.79 points, and the broader index EGX 100 inched down 0.73 percent, or 10.06 points, to 1,372.09 points.


Market capitalization lost LE 3.99 billion, recording LE 691.19 billion, compared to LE 695.19 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 427.69 million shares, traded through 13,922 transactions, with a turnover of LE 1.99 billion.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 876.99 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 638.95 million, and LE 238.05 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 248.62 million, LE 163.06 million and LE 3.11 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 390.32 million, and LE 74.98 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 880.1 million.

Alexandria Cement, Sues Canal Company For Technology Settling, and Gulf Canadian Real Estate Investment Co. were top gainers of the session by 9.98 percent, 9.95 percent and 5.88 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Pyramisa Hotels, Middle & West Delta Flour Mills, and The Egyptian Company for Construction Development-Lift Slab were top losers of the session by 9.98 percent, 7.75 percent, and 7.39 percent, respectively

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12/8/2019 4:14:39 PM
<![CDATA[Total dollar flows to Egypt hit $200B in 4 years: Tarek Amer]]>
Amer added in his speech at the Arab Banking Conference that the financial policy program achieved great positive results that crystallized in the stability of the monetary market and the decline in inflation, referring to the issuance of bonds of periods of up to 40 years.

He pointed out that the government is currently implementing a large project to advance the industrial sector.

"We hope the government will continue to support this important sector and will provide more tax incentives to the industrial sector," he added, noting that the CBE takes initiatives that support the industrial sector very seriously.

Amer stressed that consensus of the political leadership enabled us to overcome the financial crisis that Egypt suffered from years ago, stressing that political events in the region affect all economies because there are clear links between them.

"What happened in Egypt after 2011 reflected negatively on the economy and its indicators, as it led to the flight of investors, the disruption of financial markets and the rise in inflation rates," he stated, adding that the budget deficit jumped more than 16 percent.

Furthermore, CBE’s governor emphasized the importance of dealing with a flexible monetary policy and allowing capital movements because narrowing has negative consequences, including flight of funds.

The Annual Arab Banking Conference for 2019 kicked off on Sunday in Cairo under the theme of “Implications of the Political Fluctuations on Banking.”

The two-day conference - organized by the Union of Arab Banks - will tackle a host of topics, including reforms needed to achieve economic and social security, the role of government policies in promoting financial markets, implications of political fluctuations on banking, the impact of the international regulations’ pressures on traditional banking, and the 4th Industrial Revolution and the changes in banking resulting from financial technology.

It is worth mentioning that the term of Egypt’s Central Bank Governor Tarek Amer has been renewed atthe end of November. According to CBE law, the term of CBE governor can be renewed once to extend for additional 4 years. The new term will end in 2023.]]>
12/8/2019 4:06:27 PM
<![CDATA[ Hamada Helal to perform a concert in Mansoura on Dec. 8]]>
The popular singer is expected to perform a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ashrab Shay”, “Taalali”, “El Ayam”, among others.

Helal had recently completed filming a video clip for his latest song “Oh Lala”, where he cooperated with the director Maged Sabry who also wrote the song’s lyrics.

The famed singer participated in the series “Ibn Osool” during the previous Ramadan season, achieving great success. The series is produced by Synergy.

The screenplay co-starred Suzan Najm al-Din, Aiten Amer, Mohamed Nagati, Rania Mansour, Wafaa Salem, Enas Kamel, Islam Ibrahim, Imad Rashad, Karim Abu Zaid, Hamza Al-Aili and Ahmed Halawa, among others.

“Ibn Osool” is the third consecutive screenplay in which Helal participated in the Holy month of Ramadan.

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12/8/2019 4:01:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt dispatches humanitarian relief aid to Djibouti]]>
General Commander of the Armed Forces Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki ordered the aircraft to fly to Djibouti carrying tents, blankets and foodstuffs on board to be delivered to the people of the African nation to help them confront the impact of the recent floods and torrential rain.]]>
12/8/2019 3:42:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to float Heliopolis Company for Housing on EGX by Q1 2020]]>
This came during the Chief Executives conference, which was held Sunday, under the title "The challenges of a low-interest economy,"where the minister affirmed that the only offering made under the program demonstrated the investors' appetite to invest

By the end of February, Egypt floated a stake of Eastern Company on EGX, and the public and private offerings on the course were completed Wednesday, March 6, with a total value of LE 1.72 billion.

In 2018, Egypt delayed listing shares of state-owned companies on the Egyptian Exchange, such as the 4.5 percent stake of Eastern Company slated for October. The government attributed the delay to volatility in the global market, noting that if the shares had been floated, they would have failed to be covered at proper valuation.

In 2016, Egypt announced the launch of the government’s IPO program offering shares over three to five years in several state-owned companies in fields such as petroleum, services, chemicals and real estate.

As part of the economic reform program, the government targets offering 15-30 percent of stakes in state-owned companies on the stock exchange (EGX) to increase funding to Egyptian companies, maximize the benefit from state assets, and attract local and foreign capital flows to Egypt.

“The most important thing after reducing interest rates is to organize the private sector in the form of institutional entities and enable the sector’s institutions to manage their affairs,” Tawfik stated.

The minister stated that the regulation of the private sector's work will serve small and medium enterprises. He also stressed that the interest rate in Egypt is still high, or rather the highest in the world.

Furthermore, the minister explained that reducing interest rates is not the only catalyst to attracting and increasing the volume of investments in Egypt, and there is still the ability to further reduce interest rates.

He pointed out that there is a great opportunity for electric cars in Egypt, especially that the European market is close to canceling the use of fuel in the near future, noting that negotiations with the Chinese side are going well and contacts are being made with the officials to find out their assessment of the visit that was made on Wednesday.

Tawfik discussed during his visit to Beijing in September the cooperation opportunities between Egypt and China in the field of manufacturing electric cars.]]>
12/8/2019 3:13:18 PM
<![CDATA[AL stresses support for combating violence against women]]>
During a ceremony held within the framework of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, she said the Arab League is working on an Arab agreement for fighting violence against women.

She added that the Arab women committee will convene in Saudi Arabia in February.

She underlined that fighting violence against women is a top priority in the Arab region, noting that 37 percent of Arab women suffer from some form of violence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Regional Director for Arab States at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Frederika Meijer said the UN is committed to realizing a breakthrough in combating violence against women by 2030.

She noted that about 2.3 billion women in the world suffer from violence. ]]>
12/8/2019 3:08:36 PM
<![CDATA[New health insurance system to be introduced in Luxor, South Sinai in March]]>
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed headed to the governorate on Sunday to check on the hospitals that are being upgraded to operate within the new system. Those are New Isna Specialized Hospital, New Odaisat Hospital, Al-Bayadeya Hospital, International Luxor Hospital, Armant Hospital, Luxor Fever Hospital and Luxor General Hospital.

Nine health units and centers in Luxor will also be part of the system. Those are Qaraya, Adayma, Keman, Al Nogoa Bahary, Thomas 3, Al Hala, Zarnikh, and El Maala.

The Universal Health Insurance System will be fully introduced in all 27 governorates by 2030. The process is taking place over three phases. The first includes Port Said, Ismailiyah, Suez, Luxor, Aswan, and South Sinai. The system was introduced in Port Said in June, registering 506,000 citizens, and will be launched in Ismailiyah in January. Health insurance will be introduced in South Sinai by March as well.

In September, the pilot phase started in Ismailiyah by registering 400 families and upgrading the medical units and centers. Seven hospitals are set to be part of the system in the governorate, while the number of medical units has not yet been decided. The officials who spoke to Egypt Today on condition of anonymity in October said that 16 medical units and centers are being developed and equipped to start operation within the new system at the designated date.
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12/8/2019 3:04:25 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti police search for 2 Kuwaitis charged with assaulting Egyptian ]]>
According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai on Sunday, an Egyptian resident in Kuwait reached intensive care in Mubarak Hospital.

Hospital reports confirm that the Egyptian citizen was beaten by a cleaver and a fishing hook which resulted in deep cuts in hisleg arteries and wounds in his head.

According to a security source, the two young men forced him to stop as one of them pulled a cleaver from his car andthe other carried a fishing hook; they blatantly assaulted him.

The source said that a number of witnesses reported the incident to the operations of the Ministry of the Interior.

After awakening, the Egyptian young man provided a detailed description of the two young men and their vehicle to the police, pointing out that he did not know them.]]>
12/8/2019 3:00:28 PM
<![CDATA[‘Youth Love Egypt’ takes part in COP21 - Napoli ]]>
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‘Youth Love Egypt’ Foundation Chairman Ahmed Fathi and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Joyce Msuya in COP21 - Napoli - Press Photo

The foundation’s delegation is headed by its chairman Ahmed Fathi who met with Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Joyce Msuya on the sidelines. ‘Youth Love Egypt’ is an observer within the convention and took part in the preparatory meeting that took place in Athens in October.

'Youth Love Egypt' raises awareness on Fayoum reserves

CAIRO - 27 June 2018: Over the past nine months, the Youth Love Egypt Foundation, a foundation that observes the environment on behalf of the United Nations, has successfully raised awareness among more than 125,0000 visitors of Wadi El-Rayyan and Qaroun Lake in Fayoum.




The meeting discussed “governance-related themes,” including “inter alia, the evaluation of the current UNEP/MAP Mid-Term Strategy and the preparation of the new one for 2022-2027, the Operational Communication Strategy, the roadmap for the preparation of a Data Management Policy, issues of cooperation and partnerships, as well as the work of the Compliance Committee – the body established in 2008 to advise and assist the Contracting Parties in meeting their obligations under the Convention and its Protocols and, to facilitate, promote, monitor and ensure such compliance,” as indicated on the website of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC).

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12/8/2019 2:57:55 PM
<![CDATA[Maaloul undergoes physical treatment, Al Ahly prepares for Wadi Degla]]>
And Thomas Pinickel prepares the Al-Ahly loads scheme, a special physical program for players to get rid of the state of muscle strain after participating in the matches of Beni Suef in the cup, then the Sudanese, Al Hilal, in the Champions League.

The coaching staff, led by Weiler, seeks to equip all players through the hospital program of the main group that participated against Al Hilal.

Weiler and his players held a technical lecture before the start of the training, and witnessed some technical issues regarding facing Wadi Degla in the league, after the team returned to the training after a day of negative rest.

The injured trio, Ali Lutfi, Ali Maaloul, and Saleh Juma, underwent light physical training in the gym on the sidelines of the team's training.

The duo Lutfi and Maaloul were keen on running training around the field on the sidelines of the training session.

Maaloul suffers from a tension in the connective muscle and the same with Saleh Gomaa, while Lotfi suffers from a strain in the posterior muscle.

Al-Ahly is preparing to face Wadi Degla in the seventh round of the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday.

Al-Ahly won 3-1 against Beni Suef in the 32nd round of the Egypt Cup, then 2-1 against Al-Hilal Al-Sudan in the second round of the group stage in the African Champions League.
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12/8/2019 2:56:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt retrieves historical manuscript from London ]]>
Abdel Dayem referred to the historical artifacts as part of Egypt’s identity, announcing the restoration of the 16th part of the Qur'an manuscript of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghuri (1446- 1516) that was offered for sale at Chiswick English Auctions House.

The ancient transcript was retrieved due to the efforts exerted by the Egyptian National Library and Archives headed by Hisham Azmy. The minister thanked all those who contribute to preserving the Egyptian National Library holdings.

For his part, Azmy stated that the Egyptian National Library and Archives received intelligence from private sources that the manuscript was offered for sale. The manuscript was included in the exhibited artifacts’ list of the auction that was scheduled to be held in London in October.

Immediately and in strict confidentiality, all necessary measures were taken to stop the sale.

Azmy resumed that the auctions hall responded to the request that was supported by documents and included a complete documented file and pictures of indexes and records confirming the Egyptian National Library's ownership of the manuscript.

He added that after intense efforts interspersed with direct negotiations that lasted for nearly a month and a half, the Egyptian National Library and Archives convinced both the auctions hall in London and the manuscript’s holder of its right to retain the manuscript, which was registered within the National Library’s historical holdings.

It is noteworthy that the manuscript represents the 16th part of the quartet of Qansuh al-Ghouri; the National Library and Archives reclaimed the fourth part in November 2018. It is considered one of the rarest and most valuable manuscripts. It contains thirty papers of special Arabic scripts, gilded with gold at the top part and tabulated with a gold frame.

The manuscript was registered at the Egyptian National Library and Archives in November 1884 AD, before being held in the school of Sultan Qanswa Al-Ghuri.

The Egyptian National Library and Archives -during the period from April 2018 to November 2019- succeeded in recovering three manuscripts that were held for sale at auctions halls in London, in addition to Mahmoud Raef atlas, which was held for sale in Germany. The German foreign minister handed the historical atlas over to the Egyptian minister of culture during his recent visit to Egypt.

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12/8/2019 2:55:43 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Chinese youth volunteers help clean, protect environment in Cairo]]>
Smiling faces reveal the heartfelt happiness of the volunteers. From green belts, parking spaces, business districts, the front of residential buildings, main roads to alleys, volunteers cleaned up there and here at this street and enjoyed the happy experience of giving. We also exchanged knowledge about waste classification and disposal, and set up plans for better environmental protection.

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After two hours of efforts, 500 meters of the main road was cleaned up. The domestic garbage was sorted, packed into bags and transported to the centralized garbage treatment area. Resala Charity Association staff said, "this is what we have been advocating and actively exploring. We are very happy to carry out this activity with Chinese volunteers. We set up this organization to do well in charity activities, hoping to improve the environment around us through efforts of volunteers. "

From caring for public welfare bit by bit to the magnificent new capital CBD project, the staff members of CSCEC (Egypt) have never stopped working with the Egyptian people to create a better future and expand a happy living environment. From the past to the future, we will also join hands to work out a better blueprint for this beloved land under our feet.

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From New Administrative Capital CBD Project , China State Construction Engrg.Corp.Ltd (EGYPT)
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12/8/2019 2:30:35 PM
<![CDATA[Salah reaches 100 Premier League]]>

Salah’s start in the English Premier League was with Chelsea in the winter of the 2013-2014 season when he moved from FC Basel, before leaving the league in the winter of 2014-2015 and returning from the Liverpool gate in the 2017-2018 season.

Salah’s 100 matches came with 87 games for Liverpool and 13 games for Chelsea with 7816 minutes.

Salah celebrated his 100th participation by scoring with a wonderful goal and creating a goal for his colleague Nabi Keita, with a wonderful artistic touch after “back-heel pass”, making his teammate unique

Salah's goal made him the fourth most scored in 100 games, reaching 63 goals.

Salah is behind Alan Shearer (79 goals), Rod van Nesselroi (68 goals) and Sergio Aguero (64 goals)

61 of Salah's goals were with Liverpool, in addition to two goals with Chelsea, his first goal in the league was companionship with the Blues and against Arsenal in the London derby.]]>
12/8/2019 2:21:24 PM
<![CDATA[Learn about coconut water benefits for diabetes patients]]>
Coconut water is a popular drink for people who care about their health because it contains many basic nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese, selenium and phosphorous.

According to boldsky, coconut water is very useful in controlling diabetes.Experts performed a test on diabetic mice to find out the effect of coconut water on blood clotting, and it was found that coconut water contains L-arginine, which is an amino acid used to treat blood clots, increase blood flow and reduce the concentration of glucose.

The site reported that coconut water is sterile, natural and contains important salts such as potassium and sodium needed by body to maintain blood pressure.

et reviews other benefits of coconut water:

First: It contains fiber:
Some 100 grams of coconut water contain 1.1 grams of dietary fiber that helps control the level of glucose in the body.Coconut water is recommended for diabetics because it contains a high proportion of fiber and carbohydrates.

Second: It contains many vitamins and minerals:
Coconut water contains 24 mg of calcium, 25 mg of magnesium, 0.29 mg of iron, 2.4 mg of vitamin C and 3 mg of folate, along with 250 mg of potassium, and 105 mg of sodium.

Third: It helps in losing weight:
Coconut water can prevent hunger while preserving the essential nutrients due to its fiber content.

Fourth: Contains antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

Fifth: It helps to control the glycemic index:
Coconut water works to decrease the blood sugar level, which prevents the sudden rise in blood sugar.It also helps prevent insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

Sixth: It improves blood circulation:
Coconut water provides a great relief for diabetics as it helps expand blood vessels, and treats the main symptoms of diabetes.It also reduces complications of the disease, and helps provide a clear vision for patients suffering from poor vision due to poor blood circulation.
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12/8/2019 2:17:26 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Sisi honors Egyptian Squash champions]]>
Al-Sisi awarded the first-class Sports Medal, which is the highest honor that the state awards in sporting achievement.

Tariq Momen secured the world championship title for the first time in his history, and Nour Al-Sherbiny crowned the world champion title for the fourth time in its history.

At the junior level, Mustafa Assal won the youth title, and Hania Al Hamami won the young women's championship.

Sisi also honored Egypt's Olympic football team, along with the karate team crowned the World Youth Championship and the Paralympic team that participated in the World Championships in Australia.

Commenting on his honor, Tariq Moamen said: "It is an honor for any professional athlete to receive the first-class Sports Medal from the President of the Republic."

"The Medal of Sports is the highest honor that the state can award to any sporting achievement," he added.

As for Nour El-Sherbiny, she commented on her honor, saying: "The honor of the Republic is from the first class. Thank you, President,"

And she continued, "I am proud of my honor from the President of the Republic, not the first time, but I hope to continue the achievements and honor again."

Squash men are preparing for the World Team Championship competitions from December 15 to 21 in Washington, DC.

The men’s team is represented by Ali Faraj, Tariq Moamen, Karim Abdel-Gawad and Muhammad Abu Al-Ghar.]]>
12/8/2019 2:12:26 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 18.5B in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 9.5 billion with a 273-term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation for the third consecutive meeting in row by 1 percent or 100 basis points during Thursday's meeting, Nov. 14, matching experts' anticipations.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to be at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates were declined to 12.75 percent from 13.75 percent.

A number of economists said the appeal of foreigners to Egyptian debt instruments would continue even after interest rates were cut.

Experts predict that interest rates on debt instruments will continue to fall due to falling interest rates, especially as they recorded a decline in their latest offer.

The Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the government debt to GDP ratio to 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.


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12/8/2019 1:47:03 PM
<![CDATA[Japanese delegation to open Tokyo markets to Egyptian citrus: official]]>
“The delegation will visit a number of citrus farms and filling and sorting stations, and will be introduced to the system used in agricultural exports for all world markets,” Attar said.

Attar told Egypt Today on Saturday that opening more foreign markets to Egyptian agricultural exports comes aso ne of the main tasks of the Central Departmentof Agricultural Quarantine.

Attar pointed out that the recent visit of the Egyptian agricultural delegation to Japan ensured the access of Egyptian citrus fruits to the country through the application of the international phytosanitary requirements of the Japanese market.

The Egyptian delegation also visited the Japanese ports and airports and stressed that the Japanese side has a strict agricultural quarantine.

During the visit, a meeting was held between the two delegations on the conditions and mechanisms of opening the Japanese market to Egyptian citrus and on studying the possibility of opening the Japanese market to other agricultural products in the future.

In January, the Cabinet's media center denied reports on a drop in Egypt's agricultural exports of citrus fruits, clarifying that Egypt's exports of citrus fruits had surged in 2018, as Egypt is reportedly the world's second exporter of citrus fruits.

In December 2018, Attar said that citrus fruits and potatoes are the most exported types in Egypt in 2018, adding that the country has exported about 1.7 million tons of citrus fruits since the beginning of the year.

He added that the country also exported around 800,000 tons of potatoes since the beginning of 2018.]]>
12/8/2019 1:45:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi bestows order of merit on Foreign Press Association chief: Official]]>
Sisi tasked Diaa Rashwan, head of the State Information Service (SIS), to grant German Windfur the order in a celebration set to take place on Monday at 12 p.m. in the headquarters of the SIS.


Windfur, a German correspondent and an Arab-West relations expert, has migrated with his mother in 1955, according to media reports.

Since the June 30 revolution, which ousted Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, Windfuhr has criticized many times the foreign coverage of the incidents in Egypt.

In 2013, Windfuhr also warned against dangers facing journalists, according to Daily News Egypt, saying that it was a duty to “make our members aware of a seriously increasing danger for our journalistic performance and even lives.”

He referred to pro-Morsi protesters, days after the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in, accusing them of attacking their own state, and targeting public buildings and people at churches and stores owned by Christians.

In 2017, Volkhard Windfuhr criticized some foreign media outlets’ coverage of the terrorist attack that hit North Sinai’s Al-Rawdah Mosque, killing 311 Muslim worshipers and wounding 122.

In an interview with Al-Hayat, Windfuhr pointed out that foreign media's description of terrorists as militants "was not a coincidence,” noting that there is a difference between freedom of speech and spreading rumors.]]>
12/8/2019 1:40:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges improving ways to identify sport talents]]>
Attended by Prime Minister MostafaMadbouli,the meeting discussed the latest developments in the implementation of the strategic vision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports under Ashraf Sobhi, presidential spokesman BassamRadi said.

During the meeting, Sisiaffirmed his full confidence in the capabilities and promising potentials of Egyptian youth, and highlighted the need to foster these talentsnationwide to contribute to building the nation.

This came shortly afterSisihad honored female and male players and athletic trainers who won African and global championships, state's news agency MENA reported.

The honored are Egypt's U23 national football team, the national Karate team, the Squash team, as well as the Paralympic team, according to Radi.

Sisi'sremarks also come only few days ahead of the World Youth Forum held annually under hisauspices in South Sinai's SharmEl-Sheikh. The forum will kick off on December 14. They also come a week after Sisihadwitnessed the appointment of new governors and deputy governors, where youth were highly represented.
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12/8/2019 1:38:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt tops list of countries concluding financing deals for startups - min.]]>
Egypt also jumped six places in the 2020 doing business report and 19 places in the enterprise startup index released by the World Bank, Sahar said during the sixth conference of bankers and businesspeople.

More than 600 CEOs of companies and banks in addition to businessmen are taking part in the conference.

Nasr noted that Egypt comes the first as an investment-magnet country in Africa for the second time in a row, according to the 2019 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.]]>
12/8/2019 12:29:01 PM
<![CDATA[What people in Hong Kong are saying after six months of demonstrations]]>
The protesters gave only their first names to avoid potential repercussions.

LAWRENCE, 23, UNIVERSITY STUDENT

“The protest has lasted for half a year. It’s Christmas time soon but we don’t have the mood to celebrate anymore, so I bring this placard to express that the wish of Hong Kongers is no longer about material possessions but about universal suffrage, a common wish that we all have been fighting for,” he said, holding up a poster that says “My 2020 wish is universal suffrage.”

TANG, 15, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

“At first I thought I was not strong enough to come out, but then I started to think that everyone, no matter how small needs to come,” he said, wearing a black face covering. “I’m angry about police abuse against the protesters, sexual abuse and shooting tear gas for no reason.”

“My parents support me. They just tell me to be careful.”

HO, 40s: “My family needs to be educated,” said Ho, a 40-something mother who joined the protest with her husband and three young children. “They should know their heritage, what it is to be a Hong Konger and what it means to be part of the movement.”

“As a 40-something, we have not done enough for the younger protesters who are fighting for the freedom of our kids. So we must do as much as we can...We want to stay in Hong Kong, and we want our kids to have the freedom we did, and to know their rights.”

ERNEST, 16, CLAD IN BLACK

“If we don’t stand out front today, we won’t have any chance to speak anymore. We will become real China and will not have any chance to protest.”

“We need Carrie Lam to reply to our five demands...We will keep going until she replies to our five demands.”

TO, 40: “We have nothing to do but walk.”

“We are glad to hear that so many countries are watching what Hong Kong is doing. It is positive.”

MATTHEW, 21: “We are geared up like this (in all black and gloves) but we think a peaceful way is the best way to beat the government.”

“We are dressed like this not because we have a plan, but just because we are ready if the police do anything. We can’t fight themes but we can slow them down, by throwing some bricks or creating a roadblock. We will make sure that there is enough time for people to escape.”

“It’s not just a Hong Kong problem. It’s an international problem. Today Hong Kong, tomorrow Japan. That’s why I come all the way from Japan to support the protest today. I want to safeguard Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong as we are closely connected. So I feel the same as a Hong Konger and will stand with Hong Kong.”

JUNE, 40-YEAR-OLD MOTHER

“I will fight for freedom until I die because I am a Hong Konger. Today is about standing with Hong Kong, and the international community.”

KAY, 20, UNIVERSITY STUDENT
“I think the turnout will surpass the 2 million people (who protested in June) as many of my friends will participate for the first time. The stronger the police suppression, the stronger people will fight back. Police are just a chess used by the government, what’s more important is the universal suffrage.”

ROITA, 60: “At our age, we saw the Tiananmen massacre. At that time we were not strong enough to fight for the young people, that’s why we come out now. I want Hong Kong to have more democracy, more freedom and to have peace. “I don’t want to earn more money ... I want more freedom.”

CHAN, 22, FLYING THE TIBETAN FLAG: “I want to show that Hong Kongers also support Tibet, that we are all victims of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party)...We can see the history of Tibet is repeating itself here.”

LEE, 40s, CLERICAL WORKER: “I live here. I was born here and I have watched the whole society change, the legal system break down. I try to join most major rallies.”

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12/8/2019 12:26:51 PM
<![CDATA[Video: World’s largest wind farm in Egypt’s Gabal El Zeit ]]>


The farm was built in a budget worth LE12 billion and is equipped with a bird control radar system to stop the turbines when migrant birds are passing.

Egypt to sign contract with Siemens to build two wind stations

CAIRO - 16 October 2019: The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) will sign an agreement with Siemens Gamesa to build two wind power plants, an official source at the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy said on Wednesday.




Gabal El Zeit wind farm is located southern Ras Ghareb city in the Red Sea governorate, and was inaugurated in July 2018 by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi via video conference.

Renewables’ contribution in Egypt’s energy mix is planned to become 20 percent and 42 percent by 2022 and 2035, respectively.
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12/8/2019 12:21:27 PM
<![CDATA[Renaissance Dam talks to be continued in Washington on Wednesday]]>
The ministers will assess the outcome of the two previous meetings which mainly addressed the mechanism of filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built on the Blue Nile, according to a statement by the Water Resources Ministry released on Sunday.

This is the third meeting of four rounds of talks being held in accordance with an agreement reached in a US-brokered meeting between the three parties in Washington in November to break the deadlock in negotiations.

The first meeting was held in Ethiopia on November 15-16 and the second meeting was held in Cairo on December 2-3.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating the Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Later, the United States sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks. Meetings were held with foreign and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised the meeting with the top representatives ofthe three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States. The president said that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in East Africa.]]>
12/8/2019 12:17:29 PM
<![CDATA[PM witnesses start of digging of Maspero underground metro station]]>
He said the underground metro is a vital means of transportation carrying millions of commuters daily, noting that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi gave orders to finalize remaining stages of the subway.

Madbouli made the remarks as the deep drilling machine started digging the Maspero metro station within the framework of the first part of the third stage of Greater Cairo underground metro.

The premier underlined that the underground metro is one of key solutions for streamlining traffic.

Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir said the third stage of the underground metro Line 3 will stretch from Attaba till Cairo University. It is 17.7 kilometers long and includes 15 tunnels and at-grade stations.

It will be carried out over three stages.

Cairo Metro Line 3 aims to connect Attaba Station with the already existing Gamal Abdel Nasser Station through 26th of July Street then it will continue on its way onto northern Maspero and run under both branches of the Nile passing through Zamalek island at Zamalek Station until reaching the Kit Kat Station under the Kit Kat Square.

The metro's Line 3 cost is estimated at 97 billion pounds, he said.]]>
12/8/2019 12:09:39 PM
<![CDATA[World states mark Int'l Anti-Corruption Day]]>
Corruption is recognized as a major obstacle and anti-corruption as a key accelerator to sustainable development.

"To mark International Anti-Corruption Day, we will leverage the recognition of the multi-year "United Against Corruption" theme and will continue to support the 2030 Agenda, which forms the backbone of the campaign," UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a word on this occasion.

Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Program, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.

We must unite against corruption to stop the drain on resources caused by illicit financial flows. The United Nations Convention against Corruption, ratified by nearly every country in the world, gives us the means to strengthen our commitment to addressing this issue.

On this International Day, I urge people everywhere to continue to work on innovative solutions to win the battle against corruption and to ensure that precious resources serve the peoples of the world.

According to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International, Denmark ranks first place out of 180 countries and it has consistently been in the top-4 since the publication of the first report in 1995.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.

The World Bank estimates that 20 - 40 per cent of water sector finances are lost to corrupt practices. Similar rates apply for the transport and energy sectors. In some sectors, this is exacerbated by criminal activities. Between 15 - 30 per cent of global logging activities are illegal. In key countries that produce tropical timber, this rate can be as high as 50 – 90 per cent of the volume of all forestry. ]]>
12/8/2019 12:07:38 PM
<![CDATA[1st edition of Aswan forum to kick off Wednesday]]>
The forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.

The event will bring together heads of state and government, representatives from regional and international organisations and financial institutions, members of the private sector and civil society, and scholars and experts for action-oriented and forward-looking discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities for Africa in the years ahead.

The Aswan Forum is the first of its kind platform in Africa to address the interlinkages between peace and development, and champion Africa-led solutions, through strengthening the policies-practices linkages.

This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.

As part of the forum activities, a workshop titled "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda" will be held.

The other workshops will address forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa, energy security, financial Inclusion for sustainable development and peace, financing post-conflict economic recovery, advancing African women’s meaningful contribution to peace, security and development as well as peace, security & development in the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden.]]>
12/8/2019 12:05:45 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Banking Conf. kicks off]]>
The two-day conference - organized by the Union of Arab Banks - will tackle a host of topics, including reforms needed to achieve economic and social security, the role of government policies in promoting financial markets, implications of political fluctuations on banking, impact of the international regulations’ pressures traditional banking, and the 4th Industrial Revolution and the changes in banking resulting from financial technology.

Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tareq Amer is attending the conference along with Finance Minister Mohamed Mait, Tourism Minister Rania el Mashaat and a number of heads of Arab banks and experts.]]>
12/8/2019 12:02:59 PM
<![CDATA[Salah returns to Liverpool’s starting line-up]]>
Klopp preferred to keep Divock Origi, Sadio Mane and Xerdan Shaqiri on the bench despite their tremendous performance on Wednesday at the Merseyside Derby against Everton which ended with a 5-2 win for the Reds with the three players scoring four goals.

Klopp revealed during the pre-game press conference that he is planning for more rotation to make all the squad fit for the upcoming challenges.

“It's not FIFA or the PlayStation where players don't need a rest. There is no time for rest. Still, we have to try to give them rests here and there. The others have to perform.” Klopp said.

Klopp’s chosen starting line-up consists of: Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.

Liverpool hope to keep their winning streak as they are leading the league table with 43 points, 8 points ahead of Leicester City who comes second. ]]>
12/7/2019 4:19:44 PM
<![CDATA[7th meeting of ministers of OPEC, non-OPEC countries launches in Vienna]]>
The Vienna-hosted meeting is the third ministerial one in a row since Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Saudi energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo, as well as Venezuelan Energy Minister and Head of the meeting Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo.

"We are working to achieve sustainable development of the economic growth and to strike a balance between supply and demand in the oil market, the Saudi minister said.

He added that oil producers have continued negotiations to reach the best form of the joint cooperation agreement.

The meetings were attended by 24 representatives of OPEC member states to announce cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC countries.

Meanwhile, Brazil and South Sudan participated in the inauguration of the conference for the first time as observers. ]]>
12/7/2019 3:11:34 PM
<![CDATA[From posters to helmets, Star Wars collectibles up for auction]]>
“Star Wars Online” features more than 100 items dating back decades, with prices ranging from 100 to 60,000 pounds, according to auction house Sotheby’s.

Among the memorabilia is a prototype Imperial Stormtrooper helmet from 1976, which as an estimated price tag of 30,000 - 60,000 pounds ($38,490 - $76,980). A toy shop display of “The Empire Strikes Back” figures and Millennium Falcon ship is priced at 7,000 - 10,000 pounds.

A 1976 poster designed to promote the first “Star Wars” film “A New Hope” and signed by actor Mark Hamill has a price tag of 5,000 - 8,000 pounds.

It “has taken over a year to put together pieces from all over the world, combining film, original film posters, original concept, art works, props, toys,” Bruce Marchant, film poster consultant for Sotheby’s, told Reuters.

The online sale began last week and runs until Dec. 13.

The film, “The Rise of Skywalker”, begins its cinema roll-out from Dec. 18. ($1 = 0.7794 pounds)]]>
12/7/2019 3:01:00 PM
<![CDATA[Blue Elephant part 2 exclusively on Watch iT soon]]>
In the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema Blue Elephant P II starring Karim Abdel Aziz exceeds the LE 100 M mark in revenues since its screening in cinemas on July 25.

The "Blue Elephant PII" has been able to achieve the difficult equation since its release in cinemas 8 weeks ago, which has reaped huge revenues at the box office, and at the same time met with great success and popularity on the level of critics and the public.

This is an achievement several films have been unable to achieve in years. This is due to the use of the most important elements behind the camera while providing all necessary means for success the film needs in terms of productivity until it finally came out in this distinctive form.

The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.

The film promo has recorded more than 9 million views directly after its release. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.


Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry joins the cast, along with Jordanian actor Eyad Nassar who joins as a guest of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows the huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE 35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5 years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim.

The events of "Blue Elephant P II" begin 5 years after the events of the first part, where Dr. Yahya Rashed is summoned to the Dangerous Cases Section.

There he meets those who manipulate his life and that of his family. This pushes Yahya to try the ‘blue elephant’ pill (a form of Ecstasy or MDMA) in an attempt from him to deal with the mysteries he finds himself facing.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.
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12/7/2019 2:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Death toll in Baghdad attack rises to 23]]>
More than 127 others were wounded by gunfire and stabbings targeting anti-government protesters near Tahrir Square, police and medical sources said. The death toll includes three members of the police.

Thousands of Iraqis have occupied the central square and three nearby bridges which lead to the city’s Green Zone for weeks, calling for the complete uprooting of the current political system.

Security sources said they could not identify the gunmen who attacked protesters.

The incident was followed by further intimidation early on Saturday morning, as unknown gunmen drove in a convoy down the main riverside street which leads to Tahrir Square, firing a volley of shots toward it.

The heavily armed, masked gunmen roamed the street near the square and attempted to advance onto Tahrir Square but were eventually turned around at a checkpoint manned by Iraq’s security forces, witnesses said.

The incidents were the most violent flare-ups in the capital for weeks and came a week after Iraqi’s prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said he would resign following two months of anti-government protests.

Friday’s deadly attack came hours after Washington imposed sanctions on three Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders who it accused of directing the killing of Iraqi protesters. A senior U.S. Treasury official suggested the sanctions were timed to distance those figures from any role in forming a new government.]]>
12/7/2019 2:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's message to Pope Francis reflects appreciation for Vatican's efforts to spread tolerance]]>
This came in a message handed over by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, while wrapping up his visit to the Vatican City, to Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Shoukry conveyed to the pontiff the greetings of president Sisi and Egypt's appreciation for relations with the Vatican that have developed throughout the years, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez.]]>
12/7/2019 2:14:37 PM
<![CDATA[Khuwy tomb, one of the 10 most important archaeological discoveries in 2019 ]]>CAIRO – 7 December 2019: Archaeology Magazine chose Khuwy tomb which was uncovered in Saqqara as one of the most ten important discoveries in the world in 2019.

Khuwy tomb is a unique located in Saqqara area. The tomb belongs to a man named Khuwy who was one of the nobles living in the era of the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

Khoy tomb was discovered by Egyptian mission headed by Professor Mohamed Megahed.

The mission uncovered this tomb while documenting the collection of pyramids that belong to King Djedkare Isesi who was the eighth and penultimate ruler of the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt in the late 25th century to mid-24th century BC, during the Old Kingdom.

Khuwy's tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering room, which was decorated with reliefs. Only the bottom part of this decoration is preserved, as the white limestone blocks of the other parts were re-used in the construction of other buildings.

The design of the north wall and the entrance of the cemetery is simulated from the design of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty.


This design was first applied inside tombs of individuals, not kings of that period.
That part of the tomb starts with a descending corridor, which leads to a vestibule. An entrance in its southern wall gives access to a decorated antechamber.
Its decoration represents the tomb owner sitting in front of the offering table on the south and north walls. Moreover, an offering list was depicted on the east wall and the palace-façade on the west wall.


Khuwy tomb houses as well another room that contains the remains of a completely destroyed coffin that was made of white limestone. This room was used as a burial chamber.

The Egyptian mission headed by Professor Mohamed Megahed was able to uncover Khuwy’s human remains between the stones, as well as oils and resin remnants used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming.

After discovering the tomb, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Khaled Anany perambulated Khoy tomb accompanied by 54 foreign ambassadors and representatives.


Veteran Egyptian actress Yousra visited the tomb with Anany and the foreign ambassadors and expressed her strong admiration with this unique tomb.

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12/7/2019 2:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[All eyes on Etihad as City host United ]]>
Solskjaer revealed that Manchester United still the bigger team in the city despite City’s dominance over the English football in the recent years.

“At least we play every year now! It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself. Of course Man City are a better team now than when I was playing.” The Norwegian manager said.

Manchester City want to keep their winning streak with the aim to close the gap with the league leaders, Liverpool.

City will miss their Argentinean striker, Sergio Aguero, for injury and Gabriel Jesus, who showed his class with two goals against Burnley, will start alongside Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

The Blues, who clinched back to back league titles, are struggling this season as they are third at the league and 11 points behind the league leaders, Liverpool.

The game starts on 7:30 PM. ]]>
12/7/2019 2:02:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Russian naval drill "Friendship Bridge 2019" concludes]]>
The naval military exercise is deemed one of the biggest within the northern fleet of the Mediterranean Operations Theater.

A number of naval units, frigates, rocket launchers, auxiliary supply ships and divisions of the special navy forces from both sides took part in the drill.

The drill showed the efficiency and competent skills of the participating forces from both sides in planning, managing and controlling the naval units along with tackling various forms of threats.

Navy top brass from both sides were present at the final stage of the drill.]]>
12/7/2019 1:56:21 PM
<![CDATA[Assi el-Hellani to perform New Year Eve concert in Egypt]]>
Hellani performed a concert in the Cairo Opera House on November 8 as part of the Arab Music Festival’s 28th edition, where he performed a wide selection of his old and new songs.

The Lebanese star recently cheated death as he slipped into a coma after falling off his horse during equestrian. He stayed for several days in the hospital, where late director Simon Asmar -who discovered Hallani at the beginning of his career-was also hospitalized.

In a different context, Hellani’s new song “Edhaky” amassed over 3 million views on YouTube. The song is written by Amer Lawend and composed by Ali Hassoun.

Hellani is currently putting the final touches on his latest album, which is expected to be released on numerous social media platforms in the upcoming period.
In his new album, the Lebanese star collaborates with many poets and composers, and performs more than one song in the Egyptian dialect.
Hellani is a renowned Lebanese singer who was born in 1970. His musical career started after winning the famous Lebanese TV program, “Studio Al Fan” (Art Studio) when he was 17 years old.
Hellani has released more than a dozen albums, among his top hits "Wani Mareq Mareet", "Amshi Lihali", "Mali Saber", "Ahebbak Gedan", "Ahla Al Oyoun", "Shoag El Sahara", "Azabounii", "Bel Arabi", "Saalouni", "Ya Memah" and "Kayed Ozzalak.
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12/7/2019 1:51:23 PM
<![CDATA[FM affirms Egypt's steadfast stance towards Palestinian issue]]>
Shoukry remarks came during his meeting with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, according to a statement released by the foreign spokesperson Ahmed Hafez.

The statement reported that the two sides exchanged views on regional issues of common concern, as the Vatican Foreign Minister was keen to listen to the Egyptian assessment on developments in the situation in Libya, Syria and the African Sahel region.

Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness to continue consultation and coordination between Cairo and the Vatican regarding issues of pivotal and important issues for both parties, whether at the bilateral or regional level.

The foreign minister also expressed Egypt's pride in relations with the Vatican and appreciation of positive development witnessed in the various issues of common interest.

The minister also reviewed efforts exerted by Cairo to promote the values of citizenship and freedom of religion, which was appreciated by the Vatican top diplomat.

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12/7/2019 1:10:44 PM
<![CDATA['Super Trouper': ABBA exhibition opens in London]]>
Personal items such as member Bjorn Ulvaeus’ school report as well as pictures, gold discs and clothing are on display at “ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition”, which runs at London’s O2 venue until August.

One ABBA fan has also shared hundreds of items of memorabilia he collected for more than 40 years, including cushions, scarves, badges and even Christmas decorations.

“I have a vague memory of them winning the Eurovision Song Contest but in ‘75 when ‘I do, I do. I do’ came out, there’s something unique about the saxophone intro that caught my ear and it wasn’t too long until I related the two together,” ABBA fan Andrew Boardman, 56, told Reuters at an exhibition preview.

“From then on it was just every bit of pocket money (went toward buying ABBA memorabilia). Everything has gone on and on. As I started to work, it’s gotten bigger and bigger.”

ABBA, made up of Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstado, shot to global fame after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. They enjoyed huge commercial success with a string of 1970s and 1980s hits including “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and “Thank You for the Music”.]]>
12/7/2019 1:00:44 PM
<![CDATA[From posters to helmets, Star Wars collectibles up for auction]]>
“Star Wars Online” features more than 100 items dating back decades, with prices ranging from 100 to 60,000 pounds, according to auction house Sotheby’s.

Among the memorabilia is a prototype Imperial Stormtrooper helmet from 1976, which as an estimated price tag of 30,000 - 60,000 pounds ($38,490 - $76,980). A toy shop display of “The Empire Strikes Back” figures and Millennium Falcon ship is priced at 7,000 - 10,000 pounds.

A 1976 poster designed to promote the first “Star Wars” film “A New Hope” and signed by actor Mark Hamill has a price tag of 5,000 - 8,000 pounds.

It “has taken over a year to put together pieces from all over the world, combining film, original film posters, original concept, art works, props, toys,” Bruce Marchant, film poster consultant for Sotheby’s, told Reuters.

The online sale began last week and runs until Dec. 13.

The film, “The Rise of Skywalker”, begins its cinema roll-out from Dec. 18. ($1 = 0.7794 pounds)

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12/7/2019 12:57:56 PM