According to Safwat, Jumia will rely on providing the latest mobile phones in Egypt at the lowest prices, supported by partnerships with several companies. Ramses added that there were 7.2 billion devices linked to the internet in 2016, which is expected to reach 25 billion devices by 2020. He noted that 30% of mobile phones were replaced with newer models in 2014. He pointed out that the number of phones sold in 2016 in Egypt amounted to 16.8 million devices worth $2.9bn, while global sales reached 1.4 billion devices. He added that research reports suggest that Egypt’s mobile market sales will reach 10 million devices worth $1.9bn in 2017, then 13 million devices in 2018 at $2.2bn.
Egypt’s agricultural exports reached $1.03bn during the period extending from September 2016 to February 2017, compared to $1.07bn during the same period the year before. According to MENA, the exported amounts have declined to 1.67 million tonnes, compared to 1.76 million during the comparison period, with a 5% decline. Exports of Egyptian agricultural crops to the Americas and Australia reached $11m, while exports to African countries reached $5m. The amount of potatoes exported reached 183,000 tonnes for $66m, onions reached 123,000 tonnes for $54m, and pomegranates reached 119,000 tonnes for $96m. The exports of fresh mango have reached 20,000 tonnes for $20m, while sweet potato exports reached 18,000 tonnes for $9m.
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.
Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar met a number of aides and security directors from different departments on Saturday, and he asserted that the times ahead will include several security challenges, with militancy topping the list. Abdel Ghaffar said that checkpoints and mobile security groups will be deployed on main roads and around state institutions. However, repeated reports of extra-judicial killings by police forces raise questions on the authenticity of the suspects’ committed crimes. Several people were announced as suspects involved in the attacks, while others surrendered to the prosecution to counter the narrative of the officials’ statements. He was arrested and interrogated by the Homeland Security apparatus.
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.
Sharm el-Luli beach in the resort town of Marsa Alam in the Red Sea governorate came third in a TripAdvisor ranking for the top 10 beaches in the Middle East in 2017. TripAdvisor claims to be the largest travel site in the world, with more than 315 million members and over 465 million reviews and opinions for more than 4.9 million hotels, restaurants, attractions and other travel-related businesses. The readers' comments described Sharm el-Luli beach as "paradise on Earth", saying that vacationing there was the best decision they had made in their lives. The same beach was ranked 13th in a list of the world's most beautiful beaches by TripAdvisor in 2016. The Red Sea governorate said in a statement on Saturday that this selection allows reserve Egypt to a place among the most beautiful beaches in the Middle East.
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.