Parliament deplores campaigns of distortion against Syrians in Egypt

File- Egypt's ParliamentCAIRO - 12 June 2019: A member of the Industry Committee at the Parliament Tareq Metwally denounced the campaign of defamation against Syrians residing in Egypt. "Syrians are not treated as refugees in Egypt, but as residents in their second country.Egyptians also wish that Syrians return home safely after the nightmare of war ends and the Syrian wounds are healed," said Metwally in a statement on Wednesday.Metwally also added that this systematic campaign aims to create tension between the two sides, praising the Hashtag #السوريين_منورين_مصر that expresses the love of the Egyptians to the Syrian people.He pointed out that the presence of the Syrians in Egypt has revived investments in various fields as the number of Syrian investors is estimated at 30,000, which contributed to the revitalization of the economy and to creating a state of competitiveness among the products.He also said that the perpetrators of the campaign of distortion may be traders who failed to keep up with the Syrian success on the land of Egypt.In 2018, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stated that Egypt was hosting 5 million refugees and immigrants, adding that Egypt is the only country that does not have refugee camps. "We host citizens from African and Arab countries; they do not live in camps or shelters but live with us," Sisi said during the main session of the Munich Conference in February 2019.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 15:45 UTC


In pics: 400 bus stations renovatedin preparation for AFCON

Publis bus station in Egypt - Press PhotoCAIRO - 12 June 2019: As part of preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Chairman of the Public Transport Authority Rizk Ali said on Wednesday that the authority completed the renovation of more than 400 bus stations all over Egypt.Rizk told Egypt Today that the renovations come in response to the directives of Governor of Cairo Khaled Abdel Ghafar who instructed maintaining and paving the roads and establishing new parks on the streets as well as restoring old gardens.On Tuesday, Ali said that the authority renovated a total number of 600 public transport buses and a special operation room will be set to follow up on the tournament buses.Meanwhile, Egypt inaugurated three new metro stations in Cairo to facilitate the transfer of Egyptian and African fans to the stadiums.The Ministry of Transport announced in a statement on Saturday that pilot operation of the three stations for the commuters will start on June 15, adding that the three stations are named Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan.The stations are the first inaugurated stops in the fourth stage of the third line expansion in Cairo metro, the statement added.The new stations will help transport football fans from areas in Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium, which is located 500 meters away from The Stadium metro station in Nasr City.The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 14:03 UTC


Shoukry hails Egypt's historical relations with African countries

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting about the situation in Libya in the Manhattan borough of New York February 18, 2015 - REUTERS/Carlo AllegriCAIRO - 12 June 2019: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry hailed Egypt's deeply-rooted ties with African countries during a ceremony held in commemoration of Africa Day, which marks the anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963.According to a Tuesday statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez, the minister said that this year's ceremony is of special importance due to Egypt's 2019 chairmanship of the African Union (AU), noting that Egypt focuses on achieving sustainable development and establishing peace and stability throughout the continent.Hafez's statement reported that Shoukry highlighted the need to promote inter-African cooperation to attain the aspirations of African peoples.The ceremony was attended by the ambassadors of African countries along with public figures and senior ministry officials.For his side, Ambassador of Cameroon in Cairo Mohamad ouLabarang talked about the challenges and opportunities of development in Africa, stressing the need for joint work to achieve sustainable development, and calling for following the footsteps of the founding fathers of African national liberation movements.In the same context, Shoukry underscored the role of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) in supporting the development efforts in Africa through transferring expertise and qualifying cadres in the fields of priority to the African states.Shoukry met on March 13 with the members of the Board of Directors of EAPD. The meeting tackled ways to enhance the role of the agency in supporting development in many countries, especially in Africa.Shoukry affirmed that Egypt, as the current chairman of the African Union (AU), is keen to promote comprehensive development in the continent, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hafez said.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 13:52 UTC


Egypt provides 248 opportunities worth $20B to deepen local industrialization

FILE – FactoryCAIRO – 12 June 2019: Egypt is currently adopting a program to deepen local industrialization and increase the added value of Egyptian products, Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Taha said Wednesday.He added in a statement that the program provided 248 investment opportunities during 6 months with a market value of $20 billion.Taha clarified during his participation at the Industrial Development Conference in Peru that Egypt's vision for 2030 and the ministry's 2020 strategy is based on the axes of developing small and medium enterprises, developing industrial zones and promoting entrepreneurship to increase industrial growth rates.Said emphasized the importance of industrial zones and their role in accelerating the pace of economic growth and creating more job opportunities. He pointed out that the Egyptian government is currently implementing 13 industrial complexes within the plan of achieving comprehensive industrial development.Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar said in January that 13 industrial complexes with 4,300 industrial units will be completed in 12 governorates during 2019, adding that after the completion of these complexes, the total complexes established by the ministry will hit 17 complexes out of a total of 22 complexes the ministry aims to construct in light of the strategy set by the ministry until 2020.The minister pointed out that Upper Egypt allocates nine of the 13 complexes, which confirms the government's keenness to achieve development in the governorates of Upper Egypt, which suffered during the past period.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 13:41 UTC


Salah arrives at national team camp

Soccer Football - World Cup - Egypt Training - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 14, 2018 Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Abdallah Said during training REUTERS/Andrew CouldridgeCAIRO – 12 June 2019: Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, arrived on Wednesday afternoon to the Egyptian national team camp in Borg El Arab.The winger is expected to take part in the team’s evening training session.After leading his team to UEFA Champions League title, the Egyptian winger returned to Egypt where he spent Eid Al Fitr with his family in Negrig before heading to the Red Sea for a short vacation ahead of the national team participation in 2019 African Cup of Nations.The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.On Tuesday, Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud GeneshDefenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa,Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil EmadForwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan KoukaThe AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 11:03 UTC


38 research projects jointly funded by Cairo University, other establishments

Cairo University President Dr.Mohamed Osman Elkhosht - fileCAIRO - 11 June 2019: President of the University of Cairo Mohamed Othman al-Khosht told Egypt Today that the total number of research projects funded jointly by the university and other entities is 38.Khost said on Tuesday that eight projects are funded in collaboration with the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology, 12 are financed in cooperation with the European Union, and 18 are sponsored in partnership with Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF).The Cairo University’s president clarified that there is a target to increase funding for scientific research by 100 percent and to direct financing to applied research needed in vital sectors for the country, such as water, renewable energy, medicine, and agriculture.Egypt ranked 35th among 233 countries in academic paper submissions in 2018, rising three places compared to the previous year, according to SCImago Journal & Country Rank.The number of submissions by Egyptian researchers recorded 22,018 with an increase of 17.2 percent, while the amount of citable documents is 20,074. The academic works included a total of 13,995 citations, and 4,257 self-citations.Egyptian research projects compose 1.3 percent and 12.9 percent of papers submitted to the top 1 percent and 10 percent of the world’s academic journals, respectively. Egypt is among the top 10 percent of countries in submissions in the fields of toxins and treatment, pharmaceuticals, and drug discovery. Egypt is among the top 15 percent of countries in submissions in 20 fields, and among the top 20 percent of countries in submissions in 40 fields.The highest numbers of submissions in 2017 and 2018 are in the fields of medical sciences (5,867), engineering sciences (3,544), and chemistry (2,760).

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 10:52 UTC


African states urged to mark African anti-corruption day every year on July 11

A leading prosecutor in Brazil's massive "Lava Jato" corruption probe says next year's elections will determine the fate of the fight to hold officials accountable, as seen in this protest November 17 - AFPSHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, June 12 (MENA) - Amel Ammar, member of the African Union's anti-corruption advisory board, called on countries participating in the first African Anti-Corruption Forum to mark Anti-Corruption Day on July 11.Addressing the opening session of the forum on Wednesday, Ammar said the theme of this year's celebration will be; coordinating a unified African stance to restore smuggled funds.He lauded Egypt's hosting of the first African Anti-Corruption Forum, saying the board will work for putting into effect the recommendations coming from this forum.The two-day forum aims at providing a platform for African countries to meet on a regular basis to exchange information, experiences and best practices for the purpose of consolidating their national capabilities and institutions in the fight against corruption.The forum will address several topics, including the continental and national efforts conducted by African countries in accordance with their international and regional commitments, the relationship between corruption and development, capacity building and human resources, the role of civil society and the private sector, and how to enhance African inter-governmental coordination in combating corruption.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 10:41 UTC


Egypt, a stable country, trade gateway for Africa: British official

Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam FoxCAIRO - 11 June 2019: British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox described Egypt as a stable, prosperous and secure state as well as a commercial gateway to Africa and the whole region.This came during Fox's phone call with Extra news channel on Tuesday. He added that trade relations between Egypt and his country hold a good chance for promoting bilateral cooperation in all domains.According to Fox, there are a lot of investment opportunities in Egypt and good opportunities for bringing in skills and services to shore up the country's economy.In March 2019, Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt asserted that Prime Minister Theresa May is looking forward to increasing coordination and cooperation with Egypt on many issues and files of priority for the two countries.Burt's speech came during a meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Britain Tareq Adel in London. Burt underscored the pivotal role played by Egypt in maintaining the peace and stability of the Middle East.The meeting between the two sides covered means of boosting bilateral relations and cooperation especially in the economic and investment domains, according to a press release by the Foreign Ministry.In the same context, former Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil said earlier that Egyptian-British economic cooperation is deeply-rooted and based on common interests.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 10:41 UTC


5th Euromed finance conf. to be launched on Sunday

FILE: Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mustafa MadbouliCAIRO, June 12 (MENA) - The 5th Euro-Mediterranean Finance Conference, titled "MEDA Finance", will be launched on Sunday, June 16, under the aegis of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli.In a statement on Wednesday, Ahmed el Wakil, the President of the General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, said the meeting will discuss mechanisms available for the private sector to promote trade, industry and services in the South Mediterranean region.This event is backed by EBSOMED (Enhancing Business Support Organizations), he noted.He added it also aims at helping Business Support Organizations (BSOs) in Europe's Southern Neighborhood Countries to play more active role in developing the private sector, SMEs and entrepreneurs, beefing up exports, luring investments and creating new jobs.EBSOMED is a project co-financed by the European Union and coordinated by BUSINESSMED (Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises) as part of a consortium of six partners. More than thirty organizations from 26 countries are also affiliated to the project.In the framework of EBSOMED, the German Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC) organizes, in collaboration with the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), the Workshop "Donor Funding, Banking and Novel Financial Instruments in the MEDA-Region", to be held in Cairo, Egypt, on June 16-17.The EBSOMED workshop will capitalize on the achievement of the activity, acting as a regional coordinator for international projects development, linking potential partners from the region.

Source:Egypt Today

June 12, 2019 09:33 UTC


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