Wednesday 20 September 2017
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/20/13)
The South Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mr. Paul Mayom Akec has urged Sudan and Egypt to reconsider their position in the affairs of the Nile Waters and membership to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). “I want to appeal specifically to Sudan and Egypt to reconsider their positions and become effective members of the NBI that they participated in founding. They will have more influence in the NBI than in isolation,” said Mayom. The minister made the appeal while briefing the press on NBI’s 21st Nile Council Of Ministers meeting scheduled for 20 June 2013 at Juba Grand Hotel. NBI is a regional bloc within the River Nile basin comprising of Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda,...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Following protests and on-stage strikes by the Cairo Opera House artists, many of opera companies returned back to work. Ahram Online looks into the complex situation of the Opera, its artists and their worries. No other minister of culture has ever created such a commotion in such a short time. No other minister was welcomed to his post with protests and an open-ended sit-in organised by writers, artists and intellectuals. No other minister failed to show any readiness to make concessions. No one but Alaa Abdel-Aziz, what is more, could ever show such bias for the Muslim Brotherhood, employing members of the Freedom and Justice Party inside the ministry, and appointing a leading MB figure as head of the National...
(Ventures Africa 06/19/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Egypt’s Central Bank late on Tuesday called on banks that have operations in the country to increase their cash reserves. It said will be in anticipation of cash shortages in the country as renewed anti-government protests on June 30 got ever closer. It is understood that Egyptians, from many of the country’s opposing parties, will be demonstrating in Tahrir Square and Presidential Palace on the last day of this month. The reason for the demonstrations will be to put pressure on President Mohamed Morsi to resign as head of the government. The central bank said its call is aimed at avoiding a situation where cash was only made available in the banks that have branches in Cairo...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/13)
Egypt's tourism minister resigned in protest on Wednesday after President Mohamed Morsi appointed a new governor for Luxor from an Islamist party linked to a massacre of holidaymakers in the temple city. Hesham Zazou said he "cannot continue in the role of tourism minister" a day after the appointment of Adel al-Khayat, a member of the political arm of ex-Islamic militant group Gamaa Islamiya, and other Islamist governors triggered unrest in several provinces. Gamaa Islamiya claimed responsibility for an attack on a major tourist attraction in the southern city of Luxor that killed 58 foreign tourists in 1997. Prime Minister Hesham Qandil refused to accept Zazou's resignation and asked him to remain in his post until the situation is reviewed,...
(Global post 06/19/13)
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s foreign minister is in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today to diffuse a diplomatic standoff over access to the Nile River that had led President Mohamed Morsi to threaten his Ethiopian counterparts with the prospect of “war." Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr’s visit comes a week after Ethiopia's parliament voted to strip Egypt of its right to the lion’s share of Nile waters, and as Ethiopia vows to plough ahead with the construction of a controversial $4.7 billion dam that many in Cairo believe will limit the flow of Nile water to Egypt. Ethiopia hopes that its Grand Renaissance Dam will become Africa’s largest hydropower plant, generating 6,000 megawatts of electricity and creating a reservoir with...
(The Associated Press 06/19/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Massive nationwide protests that Egypt's opposition plans for June 30 are taking on a dangerous edge. Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are convinced that this is the best and perhaps the last opportunity to drive him from power. They say they have tapped into widespread public discontent over shortages, broken infrastructure, high prices and lack of security, and can bring that anger into the streets. Morsi's Islamist backers have vowed to defend the president with counter-demonstrations. Police have signaled they want to stay out of the conflict. The powerful military, widely suspected to be at odds with the president, is keeping its cards close to its chest. As a result, fears are high of potential violence...
(Ahram Online 06/19/13)
Economic growth rate remains unchanged at 2.2 percent in 2012/13, Egypt's newly-appointed investment minister announces on Tuesday. Egypt’s growth rate stands at 2.2 percent for the current 2012/13 fiscal year ending 30 June, the same rate seen in the last fiscal year, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported Tuesday, citing Egypt's investment minister. At a Tuesday press conference, Investment Minister Yehia Hamed announced that the Egyptian economy remained constant, despite the poor growth rate. He attributed the latter to the country's large budget deficit, which currently stands at LE220 billion (roughly $31.4 billion), representing 11.5 percent of national GDP. Hamed's figures were below the government’s expectations in March, when it predicted that economic growth would rise by 3 percent in the...
(Washington Post 06/19/13)
It was only 16 years ago, in 1997, that members of an Egyptian militant group called Gamaa Islamiya stormed the ancient Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, a tourism magnet, and massacred 62 tourists before killing themselves, part of their insurgent campaign against the government. This week, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi swore in Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, a former leader of Gamaa Islamiya and now a member of its political arm, as the new governor of Luxor governorate. Gamaa Islamiya swore off violence and denounced al-Qaeda a decade ago. But they are still listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist group, which cites a number of other terrorist attacks before the group’s 1999 about-face and says that part of the...
(CBC News 06/19/13)
CAIRO, EgyptEgypt's foreign minister is in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today to diffuse a diplomatic standoff over access to the Nile River that had led President Mohamed Morsi to threaten his Ethiopian counterparts with the prospect of "war." Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr's visit comes a week after Ethiopia's parliament voted to strip Egypt of its right to the lion's share of Nile waters, and as Ethiopia vows to plough ahead with the construction of a controversial $4.7 billion dam that many in Cairo believe will limit the flow of Nile water to Egypt. Ethiopia hopes that its Grand Renaissance Dam will become Africa's largest hydropower plant, generating 6,000 megawatts of electricity and creating a reservoir with a capacity...
(BBC News Africa 06/19/13)
European auditors have sharply criticised EU aid allocated to Egypt, saying it has had little impact on corruption and human rights abuses. In 2007-2013 the EU sent about 1bn euros (£854m) in aid to Egypt - one of the biggest recipients of EU aid. But the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said the EU aid had "done little" to tackle Egypt's "serious problems in the area of corruption". They said EU aid to tackle human rights abuses "was largely unsuccessful". The audit covered the final period of former President Hosni Mubarak's rule and the 2011 Arab Spring uprising which toppled him from power. "The 'softly softly' approach has not worked, and the time has come for a more focused approach...
(Alarabiya.net 06/19/13)
Toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that his decision to step down was his own, adding that he could have remained in power if he had wanted to, in an interview with Egyptian daily Al-Watan published on Wednesday. Mubarak reportedly made the statements in an interview conducted at the Tora Prison Hospital in Cairo. “I made the decision to step down myself. No one pressured me. It was possible for me to stay in power but I decided to step down to protect people’s lives and not shed blood,” Mubarak said, according to the paper. Asked about current political developments in Egypt, Mubarak said: “I am really sad.” He also commented on the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule. “[The people] chose them,"...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Alarabiya.net 06/19/13)
Leading Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed Elbaradei said on Tuesday that President Mohammed Mursi had threatened to “burn the country” if he became prime minister. Elbaradei, citing former military leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as the source of his information, added that the Muslim Brotherhood had “vetoed” the possibility of him ever becoming a prime minister. In 2011, Egypt's then ruling military council was considering naming former International Atomic Energy Agency Chief ElBaradei as Cairo's new prime minister. It is unclear when Mursi had allegedly threatened against ElBaradei's appointment as PM. “It's been a year since Mursi became president, the Muslim Brotherhood has failed on a political, economic and security fronts,” Elbaradie told London-based al-Hayat newspaper. “The time has come for...
(Ahram Online 06/19/13)
Hisham Zaazou resigns as tourism minister over appointment of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Adel El-Khayat as governor of Luxor. Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou has resigned in protest at the appointment of an ultimate-conservative Islamist as governor of Luxor. "Hisham Zaazou insists on his departure, and I have not denied it as was reported by some websites," ministerial spokesperson Rasha Azazi told Ahram Online. Prime Minister Hisham Qandil asked Zaazou to continue in his job but he refused, Azazi added. On Tuesday, Zaazou met with PM Qandil to discuss his concerns about the appointment of Adel El-Khayat, a member of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, as governor of Luxor. Zaazou tendered his resignation hours after the meeting. Zaazou, a technocrat and political independent, was appointed tourism...
(Ahram Online 06/19/13)
Following previous weeks' market plunge, temporary rally fuelled by speculators taking advantage of low share prices. The Egyptian Exchange’s benchmark index rose 1.09 percent on Tuesday, with the broader EGX70 index rising 0.41 percent, as speculators took advantage of low share prices. The modest gains are “simply part of the sideways trend after the past week’s dramatic drop as speculators seek to benefit from discounted prices” Osama Mourad, an independent analyst and former chief executive of Arab Finance Brokerage told Ahram Online. The index has dropped over 8 percent since the beginning of last week, during which it hit a one-year low. The plunge was due to investor fears of planned anti-government protests on 30 June, Investment Minister Yehia Hamed...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
A billion euros of EU aid channelled to Egypt before and after the January 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's reign failed to improve human rights and governance, or reduce corruption, auditors said Tuesday. European Union support for improved governance in Egypt overall was "well-intentioned but ineffective," said a highly critical report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The criticism comes after pledges by the European Commission since the Arab Spring protests to tie aid to improvements in democratic governance and human rights. But despite the introduction of the EU's so-called "more for more" policy on aid, the report highlights inadequacies in overseeing funding since Mubarak's ouster. "The 'softly softly' approach has not worked and the time has come...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
An Egyptian court on Tuesday ended the detention of Hosni Mubarak in one corruption case, judicial sources told AFP, but the ousted president will remain in custody on other charges. The North Cairo misdemeanour court ordered Mubarak's release but said it will continue to investigate accusations that he and his family acquired wealth illegally, the sources said. Investigators from the Illicit Gains Authority have been questioning Mubarak at the south Cairo prison where he is being held to look into how he acquired several houses and villas around Egypt. According to sources close to the case, Mubarak insisted that all the property was acquired legitimately. Last week, Mubarak, his wife and one of their sons Gamal said they would return...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/18/13)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom and Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr agree to continue the dialogue for win-win solutions on the Nile Basin outstanding issues. The two ministers showed interest to strengthen bilateral relations and coordinate their efforts to reach an understanding regarding all issues between both countries on the basis of trust. With regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), they agreed as per the Terms of Reference of the International Panel of Experts to immediately initiate consultations among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. The consultation is intended to help move forward with the implementation of its recommendations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia welcomed the Egyptian initiative to begin consultations amongst the...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
Ethiopia and Egypt said Tuesday they have agreed to hold further talks on the impact of a huge Ethiopian dam project to quell tensions between the two countries over water-sharing. "We agreed that we will start immediately on consultations at both the technical level... and the political level," Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr told reporters after meetings in Addis Ababa with his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom. The countries have been embroiled in a heated row after Ethiopia began diverting the Blue Nile River last month for the construction of the 6,000 megawatt Grand Renaissance Dam. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi warned this month that "all options are open" over construction of the dam because of concerns about the impact on...
(Ahram Online 06/18/13)
Ethiopian foreign minister is expected to visit Cairo soon to continue talks after his Egyptian counterpart visited Addis Ababa. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will start negotiations on recommendations by a technical committee on the Ethiopian Nile dam project, a joint statement by Egypt and Ethiopia's foreign ministers said on Tuesday. The foreign and water resources ministers of the three countries are expected to start negotiations on the political and technical aspects of Nile water division, read the statement. Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has also accepted his Egyptian counterpart's invitation to visit Egypt soon. The statement comes as Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr's visit to Addis Ababa comes to a close. On Tuesday Amr will travel to Sudan, where...

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