Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Riyadh on Sunday for a state visit to Saudi Arabia. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz was one of the first to receive the President upon his arrival at King Salman Air Base Airport accompanied with Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, State Minister and member of the Saudi cabinet Dr. Essam Bin Saad bin Saeed, the Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Ahmed Qattan and Ambassador of Egypt in the Kingdom Nasser Hamdi. Relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been strained since Egypt voted for two UN Security Council bills on Syria in October. Saudi Arabia also suspended all memoranda of understanding and agreements signed with Sisi during Salman's visit to Cairo in April 2016. Sisi and King Salman met on the sidelines of the recent 28th Ordinary Session of the Arab Summit in Jordan, during which they discussed various aspects of the strategic relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them.
Egypt’s State Council on Saturday reaffirmed its rejection of the new judicial authority draft law, which grants more power to the president in appointing the heads of the judiciary councils, state-media reported. Late in March, amendments to the judicial authority law were approved by the Egyptian parliament’s constitutional and legislative affairs committee, which empower the president to pick from three candidates nominated by each judicial council. “I reject this draft law because it is unconstitutional and violates the principle of separation of powers, enabling the hegemony of executive authority over the judicial authority,” El-Sharkawy added. In a statement on 16 April, Egypt’s Judges Club called for a meeting with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to discuss the amendments of the judicial authority law. The draft law was rejected by several Egyptian judicial bodies and members of the “25-30” parliamentary coalition, saying it undermines the independence of the judiciary.
Meteorologists forecast pleasant temperatures in the north for Monday, with highs of 24C expected in Cairo and 21C in Alexandria. Visibility will be reduced in the morning due to mist across north coasts, canal provinces, Delta and Cairo. Moderate northeastern winds will blow across the Sinai peninsula, whipping up sand and dust in the south, the Suez Gulf and the Red Sea which will disturb maritime navigation. Waves in the Mediterranean will reach 1-1.5 meters in height and 2.5-3 meters in the Red Sea, with northwestern wind prevailing on both seas. Highs of 30C are expected in Qena, 32C in Luxor and 34C in Aswan.
In a meeting on Monday, the Egypt Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (ERA) will discuss providing permanent licenses to the solar energy companies that have signed the energy purchasing agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the first and second phase of the feed-in tariff. Sources at the ERA said that the meeting will include issuing special codes and establishing a system to connect solar energy projects to the grid. The approval for providing these companies the permanent license to generate electricity from the solar energy plants will be according to the feed-in tariff system. Reviewing the models and documents of the companies that signed the energy purchase agreement will be done in the second phase of the feed-in tariff programme. The government launched the feed-in tariff programme for renewable energy in 2014 in order to establish projects to produce electricity from solar and wind power plants with capacities of 43,000MW and investments worth $7bn.
The renovation works on the Berlin State Opera building have been underway since 2009. Here’s another never-ending construction site, in typical Berlin style. Altogether, the recommendations in the action plan read like a litany of missed opportunities. The psychological support provided by the action plan should not be underestimated. Like high priests, the bureaucrats who devised it grant clemency to their hunted and mocked construction site managers by promising, “Together we can manage to present a construction site as a necessary yet manageable challenge.”Amen.
The play features a hijab-clad woman being raped by Jesus after pulling a national flag from her genitals. The Catholic Church says it was inundated with complaints from its disgusted members.A controversial play which depicts Jesus Christ raping a Muslim woman drew strong condemnation from Croatia’s Catholic Church on Saturday. Earlier in the play, a naked actress wearing a hijab pulls out a national flag from her vagina. The Archdiocese said hosting such a play at a festival in his honor was an insult to his memory. The play featured scenes that depicted oral sex being performed on a statue of the late Polish Pope John Paul II.
Some normality is returning to Borussia Dortmund but the situation is far from normal in Munich. A visibly pleased Thomas Tuchel praised his team’s “winning mentality” which showed great resilience to turn the game back in their favor against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 27th goal of the season and secure three points which allow Dortmund to leapfrog Hoffenheim into third place. But with an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga and a cup semi-final against a vulnerable Borussia Dortmund to come, it would have been wrong to speak of a crisis in the Bavarian captial. As impressive as wins over RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hoffenheim are, these were games where Hamburg could sit tight and hit superior opposition on the counter-attack.
The leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he could suspend British involvement in air strikes against Syria if he was elected prime minister at a June 8 election. His comments were pounced upon by the Conservatives, who said that Corbyn posed a threat to British security and was the best reason "for sticking with the strong leadership of [Prime Minister] Theresa May". Corbyn told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that he believed that "the only solution in Syria is going to be a political one". "I want us to say 'Listen, let's get people around the table quickly' and a way of achieving that - suspending the strikes, possibly." Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Jason Neely
Sakr Group for Food Industries targets increasing exports to African countries to EGP 20m in 2017 through expanding to new markets. He noted that Sakr Group exports to several African countries, including Mauritania, Kenya, South Africa, Somalia, and Chad, with plans to expand in more countries, such as Nigeria and Ghana. The total Egyptian production of cheese triangles amounts to 120,000 tonnes worth EGP 1.5bn, Sakr said, noting that 100,000 tonnes used to be exported to Iraq, which stopped recently. He added that the company used to channel 50% of its production to exports prior to 2011. According to him, international exhibitions are opportunities to promote Egyptian products, as many different clients come together in one place, and he urged that Egyptians need to increase their presence.
Nonetheless, in the real world, Ramy Abouzid is an Egyptian businessperson, who decided not to let nationalities and ethnicities map his career. If life was again a movie, especially if it was written after 2011, Abouzid would never have a successful private business. Daily News Egypt sat with Abouzid to talk global business, Arabs in foreign countries, and the shocks of the Arab spring. Money is the key to everything in the business world and whoever says otherwise is either broke or delusional. The people who handle the money are financiers; therefore, the power of the business world is in the hands of the financiers.
Egypt's Special Council, the top authority of State Council, rejected the new Judicial Authority draft law on Saturday, which includes amendments to some articles regulating the State Council, the State Lawsuits Authority (SLA) and the Administrative Prosecution Authority (SIS). The Parliament approved amendments to the Judicial Authority Law on March 27 -- the same it was put up for discussion; some MPs complained they hadn't had enough time to read it. The Legislation Department of the State Council had sent the Parliament earlier this month its feedback on the bill which included a blatant rejection of the proposed amendments. At the forefront of the remarks is that the bill contradicts Article 185 of the Constitution, which states: "each judicial body or organization shall be consulted with regards to the bills regulating its affairs." The new draft law reportedly stipulates that the President would appoint the heads of the judiciary authorities, chosing from among the three vice-chairmen of each judicial body, nominated by the supreme council of that body from among the seven oldest deputies.
Senorita for Food Industries plans to boost its exports to EGP 200m this year through expanding to the African market. Younis pointed out that the foreign exhibitions are an opportunity to promote Egyptian products, which is why the company is interested in participating in them. He urged the Food Export Council to expand in these exhibitions to help companies acquire new clients. He explained that exporters then can export Egyptian products illegally at prices lower than the company’s selling price, which can create problems with importers in other markets. He called for the establishment of a government agency that brings together all relevant government agencies along with businesspeople to stimulate Egyptian exports.
It said 54 Syrians attempted to enter Morocco through the border town of Figuig, an area surrounded by mountains, between April 17 and 19. "Algeria must assume political responsibility and morality concerning this situation," the ministry statement on MAP state news agency said. Morocco and Algeria share a 1,500 km land border that runs from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sahara Desert which has been shut since 1994. One of their biggest disputes has been over Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, most of which Morocco annexed in 1975. Algeria supports and hosts the Western Saharan independence movement Polisario, a stance which angers Morocco.
In its 5th edition, the Drums Festival kicked off Friday night with several performances themed around the topic “Drums for Peace”. Attempting to promote tourism and merge musical cultures, 25 different countries took part in this year’s edition. For seven days, until April 26, drum troupes from African, Asian, and European countries will perform different art shows combined with each other. This year, the Drums Festival honours several musical and cultural figures, including Fayza Soliman, the first female from Upper Egypt to establish a local art troupe, as well as prominent artist Ahmed Mounib. The idea of the festival came up in 1990; however, it was not until 2012 that Abdel Fattah was able to turn his dream of welcoming the beauty of international drums art to Egypt into a reality.
He highlighted the importance of African markets to other exporters, even though Egypt is closer to them. He asserted the need to eliminate all problems between Egypt and other African countries, as this could help Egyptian exports. He explained that Egyptian agricultural exports to the markets of Africa are low in terms of size and value. He added that the total size of Egyptian agricultural exports to all markets in Africa is below $25m per year. Demerdash said that exporting to African countries now could be difficult, but will ease up in the future if problems are fixed.