Saturday 18 July 2020
The three national newspapers, Al-Akhbar, Al-Ahram and Al-Gomhuria, issued Saturday morning, shed light on the phone call that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received from his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramafuza, in addition to a number of topics of local interest.
The three newspapers focused on the phone call that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received yesterday morning from President Cyril Ramafuza, President of the Republic of South Africa.
The presidential spokesperson, Ambassador Bassam Radi, said that the contact discussed the developments of the current position of the Renaissance Dam file and the relevant tripartite negotiations, which were held under the auspices of the African Union, and in the presence of a number of international observers.
President Sisi reaffirmed, during the call, the Egyptian position on the basis of what the Nile waters represent an existential issue for the people of Egypt, and then the imperative to develop a comprehensive legal agreement between all parties concerned about the rules for filling and operating the dam, and rejecting unilateral measures that harm the rights of Egypt is in the waters of the Nile, expressing at the same time his appreciation for the efforts of President Ramafuza in this regard.
For his part, President Ramafuza praised the constructive approach taken by Egypt during the recent round of negotiations on the Renaissance Dam under the auspices of the African Union, which reflects the sincere Egyptian political will to reach a solution to the crisis..and it was also agreed to continue intensive coordination between the two countries on this vital issue.
The newspapers also covered the meeting of the Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly; To follow up the state’s investment plan and evaluate the position of decisions issued to rationalize investment spending, in the presence of Minister of Planning and Economic Development Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, and Deputy Chairman of the National Investment Bank Mahmoud Montaser.
Dr. Mostafa Madbouly stressed the importance of reorienting the inevitable spending aspects of setting up projects with a higher return for citizens, in order to ensure a better life for citizens, economically and socially.
Dr. Hala Al-Saeed said that the Cabinet has entrusted it with estimating the credits that will be reoriented for priority projects, and consideration will be given to not affecting the implementation of service projects, noting that the Ministry’s plan includes working to achieve the necessary savings to direct it to labor-intensive projects, especially projects related to public works .
The Minister stressed the importance of medium and small projects in terms of their ability to achieve high added value, in addition to absorbing large numbers of employment and reducing unemployment.
She added that despite the impact of the Corona virus on the Egyptian and global economies, the government’s tendency in the 2020/2020 budget is to increase allocations to the health and education sectors.
On the other hand, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly stressed the availability of the necessary medicines to confront the Corona virus and other diseases, assuring the Egyptians that the quantities provided are sufficient, and that there is no need for a rush to store medicines by citizens, stressing that state institutions implement the mandates of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
In the local affairs, too, the newspapers indicated that the committees monitoring the progress of the electoral process ends today, in 27 primary courts at the level of the Republic, who received applications for candidacy for membership in the Senate, as it closes its doors at two oclock in the afternoon.
The head of the National Elections Authority, Counselor Lasheen Ibrahim, confirmed that after the candidacy door is closed, the commission will announce the initial list of candidates, whether by the individual system or the list, including their symbols tomorrow, indicating that it will be opened for appeal to the Administrative Judicial Court after its publication in two widely published newspapers until next Tuesday. The appeals are decided on the days of 22, 23 and 24 July, when the final list of candidates is announced on 26 July, and with it the electoral campaign period begins.
On the other hand, today, the National Elections Authority, headed by Counselor Lasheen Ibrahim, participates in the Information and Elections Forum in cooperation with the National Press Authority, the National Media Authority, and the Supreme Press Council; To talk about the Senate elections, in the radio and television building.
The newspapers highlighted the announcement of the Minister of Transport, Engineer Kamel Al-Wazir, to open the five stations of the fourth stage of the third line of the subway before the blessed Eid al-Adha, and include “the Highstep, Quba, Omar bin Al-Khattab, Hisham Barakat and Al-Nuzha.”
The Minister pointed out, during his inspection of the stations yesterday, the importance of the “Adly Mansour” station as a central station that includes a full-service transport complex and a commercial investment area on an area of 15 acres to exchange service between five means of transport, which is “the third line metro station, and the electric train station (Adly Mansour- The administrative capital – Tenth of Ramadan), the railway station (Cairo-Suez), the superjet station, and finally a station for (BRT) to connect with Cairo International Airport.
On the economic front, Malin Bloomberg, Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Egypt said that the Egyptian government succeeded, thanks to the strong leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in implementing an impressive national program to improve and distribute the road network throughout the country, which made the Egyptian president win his award, “Papa Karandaiyi”. The high-profile road building for the year 2020, which is awarded on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the African Development Bank, well deservedly.
She emphasized that this victory is only a recognition of the strong leadership that resulted in these tremendous achievements in the field of road development in Egypt, in addition to other transportation infrastructure.
She added that transport is one of the most important sectors in terms of contributing to achieving the goals of the sustainable development strategy “Egypt’s Vision 2030”, which translated into the main national plan for transport 2012 to 2023, through which Egypt aims to maximize economic returns for growth sectors through an effective transportation system, and also benefit It has a strong infrastructure base, which will attract domestic and foreign private sector investment.
The African representative of the bank explained that the accomplishments implemented by this program resulted in the construction of about 4,500 kilometers of new roads and the improvement of old roads, while another 1,200 kilometers are planned.
In the international affairs, Al-Haff pointed to the successive positive reactions inside Libya, after the successful conference held by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi with a number of sheikhs of the Libyan tribes.
A state of satisfaction prevailed in the Libyan street, while tweets and supporting posts on social media continued from Libyan activists and citizens, who were racing to publish pictures of the meeting, along with pictures of the Egyptian flag, and the hashtag “Al-Sisi” issued a list of the most frequently traded via “Twitter”.
In the field of military preparations accelerated west of the Libyan city of Sirte, and news agencies reported the landing of a Turkish cargo plane at the “Al-Wattia” air base and the arrival of the Turkish reinforcements to the militia of the “Quddiyah and Buqrin” militia, in return the Libyan National Army targeted with artillery military actions of mercenaries southeast of Misurata, and published Two air defense systems to defend Sirte and Al-Jafra, declaring its full readiness to repel any attack on the city and the air base.