CAIRO: The Cabinet rejected an application by G4S to assess security procedures at Egyptian airports because parliament member Sameh Seif el-Yazal is a former regional director of the multinational security company, Youm7 reported Monday.
Yazal, a retired military officer, is a security expert who secured a parliamentarian seat in the recent elections. He was reported to be G4S’s director in Egypt in 2012 and 2013. Based in the U.K., G4S is one of the world’s largest security companies.
The government is likely to select a U.S. company, according to Youm7, to evaluate security and safety procedures, training and equipment at the airports and submit recommendations to “exceed international standards.”
A committee formed of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal and Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou is studying an Italian and U.S. applications to announce the name of the selected company before the end of December.
The designated company would also be tasked with assisting security bodies to apply the recommendations and periodically evaluate procedures at airports.
On Oct. 31, a Russian plane crashed over Sinai after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all those on board. While Egypt has stated that investigations have not revealed a “terrorist act” thus far, Russia has said it believes that is the reason that led to the tragedy. Egypt’s airports have come under intensified scrutiny since then amid international concerns over the safety of planes departing from the country.
Additional reporting by Mervat Rashad