Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 9:Egypt tourism revenue down 40% in last 9 months of 2015-16 FY
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Parliament to discuss Italy’s decision to cut military supplies to Egypt next week

The speaker of Egypt’s parliament Ali Abdel Aal has called for an urgent meeting with members of three committees next week to discuss Italy’s recent decision to suspend military supplies to Cairo over “unfruitful probe” into the death of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni, Youm7 reported.

Abdel Aal will meet with members of foreign affairs, national security and human rights committees to evaluate the situation and to discuss ways to solve the issue and review suggestions of MPs to reconsider economic and petroleum agreements of the two countries.

The decision to halt was made as an escalation from the Italian side against Egypt for the death of Regeni, whose dead body was found in a roadside ditch on the outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 3.

Tripartite committee to sign GERD technical study contract with BRL: minister 

Water ministers from Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia will meet in Addis Ababa during the next few days to sign contracts with French firm BRL to carry out impact studies of controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) Youm7 quoted Egyptian Water Minister Mohamed Abdel Atty on Saturday.

The studies are focused on the GERD’s work period and schedule, techniques and impact of the expected decrease in water flow to the downstream countries; Egypt and Sudan.

On May 5, 2014, Egypt issued a report cautioning that building the dam, which is expected to be operational in 2017, could shrink Egypt’s share of Nile water by 12 billion cubic meters.

Ethiopia has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and that it would not affect Egypt’s share of water.

US Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region due in Cairo mid July

U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will travel to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Arusha, Tanzania; Paris, France; Cairo, Egypt; and Luanda, Angola July 9 to 23, the U.S. Department of States announced Saturday.

Perriello will attend the East African Community-led dialogue amongst Burundian stakeholders in Arusha, as part of the continued U.S. support for the process and former Tanzanian President Mkapa’s facilitation. He will emphasize that the dialogue remains the best option to peacefully resolve the crisis in Burundi and achieve a consensus path forward for the country.

Egypt’s parliament speaker due in Moscow Tuesday for bilateral talks

The speaker of Egypt’s parliament will visit Moscow on Tuesday in an official visit where he will meet with Russian Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin to discuss ways of establishing “platform for cooperation between the two parliaments,” the Egyptian ambassador to Russia Mohamed el Badry told Sputnik Saturday.

During the visit, which comes in response to an invitation from Naryshkin, Abdel Aal will also meet with the speaker of Russia’s Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, as well as several Russian ministers to discuss all aspects of the Russian-Egyptian relations, according to Badry.

Egypt to nominate ambassador Moushira Khattab for Director-General of UNESCO

Egypt has officially decided to nominate former Egyptian Minister of Family and Population Affairs ambassador Moushira Khattab for the post of Director-General of UNESCO, to be successor to Irina Bokova, who has decided to compete for the post of United Nations secretary-general, anonymous Egyptian officials told Youm7 Saturday.

The officials added that Khattab has started a number of secret visits to the UNESCO state members to see their stances towards its nomination before Egypt’s official announcement.

Egypt’s parliament sends Italian Senate, Chamber of Deputies messages on suspension of military Supply to Cairo

Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson of the Egyptian House of Representatives Mohamed al-Orabi will head Saturday to Italy to deliver two messages from the Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal to the Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso‎ and Italian Chamber of Deputies President Laura Boldrini, Youm7 reported. The messages tackle the Italian decision of suspension of military supplies to Egypt in protest against the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni earlier this year.

Local

Security beefed up in Suez ahead of anticipated Cairo derby

Security forces have reinforced their presence throughout the Suez governorate on Saturday ahead of the anticipated Cairo Derby between al Ahly and Zamalek in the last round of the Egyptian premier league scheduled to take place at 09:30 p.m. at an army –owned stadium, Youm7 reported.

The Ministry of Interior said on Friday the 112th derby will be played behind closed doors and warned fans of the two teams to approach the stadium vicinity on Saturday.

The Red Devils have already secured the domestic title with a win over Ismaily late June. They collected 75 points, seven ahead of Cairo rivals Zamalek who won title last season for first time since 2004.

Bodies of 3 Pakistani tourists recovered

Bodies of three Pakistani tourists were pulled out after their boat collided with a pillar of bridge over river Nile in Cairo and sunk in early hours on Wednesday, Youm7 quoted an Interior Ministry official Saturday.

The bodies of the husband, the wife and a 5-year-old daughter were recovered while work is underway to look for the fourth victim; a two-year-old baby, according to the official.

Six other Pakistanis luckily survived the accident without major injury. On Thursday, owner of the boat was ordered a 4-day detention by the Attorney General on charges including sailing with invalid license and negligence.

Trial of press syndicate head, 2 members postponed to July 16

The Qasr el Nil Misdemeanour Court on Saturday adjourned to July 16 the trial of Egypt’s Press Syndicate head and two senior board members to hear testimonies, Youm7 reported.

The syndicate head Yahia Qalash along with members Khaled el Balshy and Gamal Abdel Reheim are facing numerous charges including harboring wanted journalists inside the syndicate headquarters and spreading false news.

Egypt tourism revenue down 40% in last 9 months of 2015-16 FY

Egypt’s revenues from tourism have declined by 40.5 percent during the last nine months of 2015-2016 fiscal year to register $3.3 billion down from $5.5 billion during the same period in the 204-15 fiscal year, according to the Central Bank of Egypt’s report on Saturday.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011.

Hot weather in Egypt’s Delta, Cairo on Sunday, Alexandria sees 32 C

Moderate weather is expected to prevail on Egypt’s Mediterranean governorates with highs of 32 C degrees in Alexandria on Sunday while a slight increase in temperature and humidity rates will be felt in the Delta through Cairo, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority announced Saturday.

Weather in Upper Egypt governorates will by much hotter with highs of 40 in Sohag and Qena, 41 in Luxor and 43 in Aswan.

Waves on the Mediterranean are expected to reach 1.5 – 2 meters high, while the Red Sea will see waves of 2 – 2.5 meters.

Cairo Metro operation hours start 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m

Three lines of Cairo Metro will daily operate from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. of the following day, said Khaled Al-Sabra, Cairo Metro managing director Friday evening. The operation hours have been extended to 2:00 a.m. during the holy Ramadan, the ninth month of Ramadan where the Muslims worldwide fast.

1.5 million Egyptian families to be listed in State’s health care program by July 30: official

1.5 million Egyptian poor families will be listed in the state’s public health care system by July 30, Youm7 reported Health Care Program Manager Hala Masekh. She stated that the number of people, who are unable to afford health care expenses, reached 23.6 million people.

Business

Egypt’s FDI increase by 13.7% in first 9 month of 2015-16 FY: report

Egypt’s foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 13.7 percent during the first nine months of the fiscal year 2015-2016 to register $5.8 billion up from $5.1 billion during the same period in the fiscal year 2014-2015, the Investment Ministry said in a Friday statement.

The increase is attributed to the high net inflows of newly established companies and the increase of their capitals, which are valued at $3.7 billion compared to $2.8 billion recorded in 2014-2015, according to the statement.

Egypt’s ten-month automotive imports reached $4bn

Egyptian automotive imports hiked by 35 percent during the first ten months of fiscal year 2015-16, Amwal al Ghad quoted recent reports of Egyptian Customs Authority stated Saturday.

Egypt’s imports of automotive until April 2016 reached 35.8 billion Egyptian pounds (US$4 billion) versus 26.6 billion pounds in financial year 2014-15 and 14.48 billion pounds in financial year 2013-14.

ITFC funds import of oil derivatives for Egypt since March 2015

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, member of Islamic Development Bank Group, has funded a total of $1.4 billion to import oil derivatives for Egypt’s General Petroleum Authority since March 2015, Youm7 reported high-level official at the Egyptian Ministry of the International Cooperation Saturday.

The finance was conditioned in a $3-billion deal signed between the Corporation and Egypt during Sharm el-Sheikh Economic Conference in March 2015 to import petroleum products to Egypt.

Egypt’s revenues of potato exports decline by 23% over the past nine months

Egypt’s revenues of potato exports have dropped by 23 percent in the period between September 2015 and  May 2016, according to data from the Egyptian Agricultural Export Council. Egypt has exported a total of 338,000 tons of potatoes, estimated at $170 million, in this period, compared with 599,000 tones, with $221 million, in the same period of the previous year.

Egypt’s imports decrease by $106 mln over three months

Egypt’s imports have reached to $5.750 billion in the period between 2016 March and May, compared with $5.856 billion in the same period of previous year, Youm7 reported officials from the Egyptian Customs Authority Saturday.

Social

89 Egyptian artifacts up for auction in Bonhams

A total of 89 Egyptian archeological artifacts have been put up for an auction in London-based Bonhams Auction house Friday, although the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, via the Foreign Ministry, has requested to stop the sale, Youm7 reported.

Lebanese singer Nancy Agram sues Egyptian Cosmetics Company

Lebanese singer Nancy Agram has filed a lawsuit against an Egyptian Cosmetics company over putting her photos in ads for the company without her permission to promote a hair product. She asked for 2 billion EGP in compensation, Youm7 reported.

Giza Pyramids sees 10.5K visitors 3rd day of Eid el-Fitr

Egyptologist Ashraf Mohey, the head of Giza Pyramids district, told Youm7 Saturday that Giza pyramids has witnessed a total of 10,500 Egyptians and foreigners visitors on Friday, the second day of Eid el-Fitr. The turnout of the visitors was higher in the second day as the area received a total of 17,000 visitors Thursday.

Sports

Zamalek playing for pride in Cairo derby against Ahly – Ahram online

With nothing tangible to play for, Zamalek will be looking to boost their morale by securing their first Egyptian Premier League win over Ahly in nine years when they meet the newly-crowned champions on Saturday.

Zamalek were hoping to host Ahly at Cairo’s Petrosport Stadium, where they beat their nemesis 2-0 in the Egypt Cup final last year, but security officials moved the Cairo derby to Suez. All domestic matches also take place behind closed doors.

The match will be played at 09:30 PM

 Wadi Degla miss out on African football despite win – Kingfut.com

Despite coming back to defeat Ittihad of Alexandria 2-3 away from home, Wadi Degla have just missed out on any chance of qualifying for the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

Wadi Degla came into the encounter needing a victory over an Ittihad of Alexandria side fresh off of an impressive 1-1 draw against champions Al Ahly, as well as a Smouha draw or loss against lowly Tala’a El-Gaish.

Stoke City improve bid for Ramadan Sobhi as Al Ahly set to accept record fee – Kingfut.com

Stoke City have improved their offer for Egypt and Al Ahly prodigy Ramadan Sobhi and the Egyptian giants are set to accept what would be an Egyptian Premier League record sale.

English Premier League side Stoke City look set to finally wrap up a deal for Al Ahly’s Ramadan Sobhi after submitting an improved offer for the player.

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