Wrap-up -f Egypt’s top news July 20: Egypt officially nominates Moushira Khattab for UNESCO Director-General; 8 suspects detained for 4 days pending investigations over Minya sectarian violence incidents
Former Egyptian Minister of Family and Population Affairs ambassador Moushira Khattab

Egypt officially nominates Moushira Khattab for UNESCO Director-General
Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Tuesday has officially announced the nomination of Ambassador Moushira Khattab for the post of director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO,) Youm7 reported.

The nomination was made during “the cultural dialogue Egypt, UNESCO and International Cultural Issues,” held at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Khattab has already initiated an overseas tour among the 58 Member States of the Executive Council of UNESCO in a bid to gain their support during the elections, sources told Youm7.
Sisi attends graduation cermongy for Air Academy cadets

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended Wednesday grduation cermony for Air Force Academy cadets, who include students from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, according to a presidential statement.
Parlaiment passes draft law increases pension by 10%
Egypt’s House of Representatives passed Wednesday a draft law, per which the penision will be increased by 10 percent, Youm7 reported. The decision will come into force by July 2016.
The Manpower Committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives held a meeting with representatives from the Finance Ministry.
Finance Minister Amr el Garhy has announced earlier that pensions for the fiscal year 2016/2017 amounted to around 170 billion EGP (about$19 billion.) He added that this year’s 10 per cent raise will amount to around extra 15 billion EGP.
Egypt’s Court of Cassation annuls parliamentarian membership of two lawmakers

The Egyptian Court of Cassation stated Wednesday parliamentarian membership of lawmaker Ahmed Mortada Mandour, son of Zamalek’s controversial president Mortada Mansour, is void, Youm7 reported. The court announed that his rival during the 2015 parliament elections, Amr al-Shobky, will occupy Mansour’s seat for Al-Agoza distrct in the parliament.
The court also annuled membership of Ismail Nasr al-Din, who won th seat of Helwan district.
8 suspects detained for 4 days pending investigations over Minya sectarian violence incidents

Minya Prosecution on Wednesday has ordered the detention of eight suspects for four days pending investigations over the recent sectarian violence incidents that took place in the Upper Egyptian governorate, Youm7 reported.
On Sunday, families of two priests from Minya were assaulted by an angry mob in Tahna El-Jabal village, leaving one dead and three injured, Youm7 reported citing a statement from Archbishop Makarious of Minya.
The clergyman has not explained the reasons behind the assault. However, media reports suggest the clashes erupted following an argument between Muslim and Christian children over priority to pass through the street.
Civil aviation ministry denies end of probe into crashed Russian plane

Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry denied in a Tuesday statement media reports claimed the completion of investigations into the last year crash of the Russian passenger plane, Youm7 reported.

Russian new agency Sputnik quoted a statement from the Russian Transport Ministry saying that Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy has announced that the investigation into the crash of Russia’s A321 passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula in late October 2015 “enters its final stage.”

During his meeting with Russian Transport Minister on Monday, Fathy asserted the Egyptian Attorney General will be visiting Moscow next week to brief the Russian side on the outcome of the investigations, Youm7 reported.

On Sunday, Fathy flew to Moscow where he met with Russian senior officials to discuss resumption of the direct flights between the two countries, which were suspended shortly after a Russian A321 plane crashed in the Sinai late Oct killing all 224 people on board.
Egypt’s central bank says not time to float pound, devaluation depends on timing
(Reuters)- Egypt’s central bank governor said on Wednesday that the time was not right to float the Egyptian pound, which has come under intensifying pressure in recent weeks, but he left the door open to a possible devaluation.

Economists say a devaluation is all but inevitable. But the timing is crucial to maximise its impact while mitigating the inflationary effect, particularly as the government plans to introduce value-added tax this year and has yet to complete subsidy reforms.

“It is not possible to discuss the flotation of the pound now … but a devaluation depends on what the bank sees at the appropriate time,” Tarek Amer said in comments carried by the state news agency MENA.

Egypt devalued the pound by almost 14 percent in March, to about 8.78 to the dollar, in a bid to crush a black market that has burgeoned amid an acute shortage of foreign currency.
But the black market rate has since depreciated, putting renewed pressure on the central bank to take more action.

Communication ministry develops draft law to legalize status of app-based taxi service companies

The Communication and Information Technology Ministry is currently developing a new draft law to legalize the status of the app-based taxi service companies, sources at the ministry told Youm7 Wednesday.

Representatives from the communication, interior and justice ministries are currently forming a draft for the law, which will be presented to the House of Representatives for approval, said the source.
After approval, the app-based taxi service companies will be managed by the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority, he added.
In March, a ministerial committee was formed to investigate the legal status of Uber and Careem services, following series of protests staged by white taxi drivers in Egypt’s major cities.
Emirates NBD Egypt says will not suspend card use abroad

(Reuters): Emirates NBD Egypt said on Tuesday it would not suspend use of its credit and debit cards abroad, contradicting an earlier notice informing customers their cards would be disabled outside Egypt from July 24.

Egypt’s central bank last month asked banks to “ensure that debit cards, including pre-paid cards, issued in local currency by Egyptian banks are only used within the country” — a move aimed at combatting an acute foreign currency shortage that has hampered trade.

Elmohamady features as Hull secure preseason victory – Kingfut.com

Ahmed Elmohamady played 90 minutes as Hull narrowly defeated Mansfield Town 0-1 in a preseason friendly on Tuesday.

Elmohamady started the match and was not substituted by manager Steve Bruce throughout the entire match.

Zamalek sign four players as part of summer spending spree – Ahram online.com

Zamalek have completed the signing of Maqassa midfielder Mahmoud Abdel-Aati ‘Dunga’ and left-back Hosni Fathi before securing the services of full-back duo Mohamed Nassef and Osama Ibrahim from ENPPI on Tuesday.

OFFICIAL: Maqassa trio Mahmoud ‘Dunga’, Hosny Fathi, Mohammed Mosaad sign for Zamalek – Kingfut.com

Misr El-Maqassa midfielders Mahmoud Abdelaty ‘Dunga’, Mohamed Mosaad, and left-back Hosny Fathi have signed for Zamalek, according to the latter side’s official social media accounts.

Egypt’s archaeological sites to be recorded on satellite maps

The standing committee of Antiquities issued a decision to document all fixed archaeological sites across the country on satellite maps in coordination with the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, as well as the National Institute for Astronomy and Geophysical Research, according to Youm7.


Leather tanneries in Old Cairo to re-settled into Al-Robeiki City

A committee of the Ministries of commerce and local development has been formed to begin resettling owners of leather tanneries at Al O’yoon Aqueduct Bridge in Old Cairo into Al-Robeiki City, which extends from Cairo-Ismailia desert road to Cairo-Suez desert Road.

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