Omaima al-Khamis wins Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Saudi novelist Omaima al-Khamis receives the award CC via AUC - Press photoFILE - Late legendary novelist Naguib MahfouzCAIRO – 13 December 2018: The American University in Cairo Press announced Dec. 12 that Saudi novelist Omaima al-Khamis won the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel "Masra al-Gharaniq fi Mudun al-‘Aqiq"(Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate).The winner was agreed upon by members of the Award's Committee: Tahia Abdel Nasser, Shereen Aboul Naga and Mona Tolba, Humphrey Davies and Rasheed el-Enany. The award was presented by Ehab Abdel Rahman, provost of the American University in Cairo.The ceremony was held at the AUC’s Oriental Hall in Tahrir Square Campus and was attended by many writers and significant personalities of the Egyptian cultural scene.The committee described "Masra al-Gharaniq fi Mudun al-Aqiq" as “a serious novel that speaks to our time through history.It takes the form of a journey from Arabia northwards and westwards to Andalusia through the great cities of the Arab world in the 11th century during the titular rule of the weakened Abbasids in Baghdad, the Fatimids in Cairo, and the warring factions of the Islamic rule in Spain.”The Saudi writer succeeded in shedding light upon the essence of the cultural and religious diversity in the Arab world between 402 and 405 Hijri.After being granted the award, Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz describing the late legendary novelist as “Our great writer who taught us the magic and craft of story telling.”Khamis thanked her parents for shaping her mind, “The book was a vision of our house,” said the Saudi writer,recalling the piles of books that surrounded her growing up.The American University in Cairo Press, which established the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 1996, has been the main publisher of Naguib Mahfouz’s English editions for more than three decades.The AUC has also been responsible for publishing around 600 editions of the Nobel laureate’s works in more than 40 languages around the world since late legendary writer Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988.Nominations and submissions for the 2019 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature are open until 15 February 2019.

Source:Egypt Today

December 13, 2018 10:07 UTC

Agreement to establish entity for Red Sea, Gulf of Aden countries reached

Red Sea Port - CC RSPA.pngCAIRO – 13 December 2018: An agreement to establish an entity for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden countries was reached on Wednesday, Dec. 12 by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia.The agreement aims to boost stability and increase investment opportunities in the above mentioned countries.This came during the Consultative Ministerial Meeting of the African and Arab States bordering the Red Sea in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shourky participated.In a press conference, Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, referred that the meeting aimed to discuss ways of promoting cooperation between the African and Arab countries bordering the Red Sea.Hafez pointed out that Egypt hosted the first Consultative Ministerial Meeting of the African and Arab States bordering the Red Sea on December 11 and 12, 2017, and will host the next meeting to resume discussions.He added that Shoukry stressed the importance of promoting cooperation and economic integration among the countries bordering the Red Sea on the political, economic and cultural levels.In December 2017, Egypt launched an initiative to establish a framework of cooperation between the Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea to face different challenges they may encounter.Foreign Minister Shoukry stressed that the Red Sea countries have not reached the required level of coordination to face challenges.He pointed out that the countries have recently exerted efforts to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa, warning “we should consider the foreign agendas as well as the political and security turmoil in the region, including the Yemeni crisis, which affect the economic conditions of the Red Sea countries.”He noted that Egypt is among the top countries combating terrorism with its participation in the Arab alliance. The Egyptian Navy contributes to ensuring maritime security and preventing arms trafficking in accordance with the international resolutions.

Source:Egypt Today

December 13, 2018 09:56 UTC

Egypt close to ratify the AfCFTA: Nassar - Daily News Egypt

Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister, Amr Nassar, said that Egypt is interested in supporting development efforts in the African continent, and to enhance African integration mechanisms to ensure a new location for the African continent on the map of world economy, which contributes towards ensuring economic and social justice for all the countries and peoples of the continent. Nassar added, “The activation of the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is the key step of desired economic growth among all African countries.”During his speech at Meetings of the AfCFTA Negotiating Institutions held Wednesday, the minister announced that Egypt is close to ratify the agreement, which is currently being submitted to the parliament for ratification, praising the African political will for the success of this great agreement in terms of signing and ratifying it by the member states. So far 49 countries have signed the agreement, and some African countries have ratified it, according to the minister. He pointed out that the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement will strongly contribute to the development of the intra-African trade movement, achieve higher rates of African economic growth, after the removal of tariff barriers between sister African countries, as well as facilitate the movement of products and raw materials, thus increasing industrial growth rates, and achieving the desired technological development.

December 13, 2018 08:07 UTC

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