Egypt's top administrative court lifts ban on Uber, Careem services

Uber and Careem: The two major ride-hailing services in Egypt - Egypt TodayCAIRO, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Egypt's top administrative court on Saturday lifted a ban on operations by ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem, which have faced fierce opposition from traditional taxi drivers, a judicial source and lawyer said.A lower administrative court withdrew the permits of U.S.-based Uber and its main rival, Dubai-based Careem, in March 2018 after 42 taxi drivers filed suit, arguing the apps were illegally using private cars as taxis and were registered as a call centre and an internet company, respectively.In April last year, however, the Cairo Court of Urgent Matters said the ruling should be suspended and the two firms should be allowed to continue operating until a final decision was made by the Highest Administrative Court, which accepted the companies' appeal on Saturday.Uber has faced repeated regulatory and legal setbacks around the world due to opposition from traditional taxi services. It has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary.The company has said Egypt is its largest market in the Middle East, with 157,000 drivers in 2017 and four million users since its launch there in 2014.Last week, Uber reached an agreement with the Egyptian Tax Authority to pay value-added tax (VAT), which Careem said it had been paying since March 2018.

Source:Egypt Today

February 23, 2019 11:48 UTC

European leaders, senior officials arrive Egypt to participate in Arab-European summit

The Arab League Headquarters, where the 4th EU-League of Arab States Ministerial meeting between Arab and European foreign ministers, will be held. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo)CAIRO - 23 February 2019: European and Arab leaders, senior officials and several ambassadors of 28 European countries and 21 Arab states arrived in Egypt Sunday to participate in the Arab-European summit, scheduled to take place in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh.Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister of Comoros Mohamed El Amine Souef arrived Egypt to participate in the Arab-European summit.Also, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebs arrive in Egypt to take part in the meetings of the first Arab-European summit. Essebs will deliver a speech at the first general session of the summit on his country's vision on means of promoting Arab-European cooperation and dialogue, said a statement released by the Tunisian presidency on Saturday.More than 750 Arab and foreign correspondents will participate along with local journalists in the Arab-European Summit.The summit will tackle a host of political and economic topics including the Palestinian cause and other issues including illegal immigration and human trafficking will be also mulled.In February 2019, Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert in preparation for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries, who are participating in the upcoming Arab-European summit due on February 24 and 25, said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation in statement on Thursday.Minister of Civil Aviation directed the airport officials to coordinate with all concerned security and media bodies, the statement added.The first Arab-European summit will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.On February 18, Sisi said that “Sharm El-Sheikh conference is a key step towards more cooperation that will be followed by other steps,” adding that the instability of some Arab countries led to the illegal migration to Europe.According to a statement issued by the EU, leaders from both sides will seek to strengthen Arab-European ties. They will also address a wide range of issues and common challenges, such as multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region.The meeting is expected to start on Sunday, February 24 and end with a press conference on Monday, February 25. It will take place in the International Congress Centre in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Source:Egypt Today

February 23, 2019 10:30 UTC

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