UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 11: Russian delegation due in Cairo Monday to inspect airport security
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Russian delegation due in Cairo Monday to inspect airport security

A delegation of Russian experts will arrive in Egypt Monday in a five-day visit to inspect airports’ security measures, head of the Red Sea Tourism Investors Association Hossam al Shaer told Youm7.

The six-member delegation is scheduled to meet with the Red Sea and South Sinai governors and Egyptian ministers of interior and aviation, said al Shaer.

The delegation is scheduled to submit a report to update the Russian authorities on security measures carried out at Egypt’s airports ahead of flight resumption between the two countries, he added.

Several Russian aviation experts had visited Egypt after a Russian plane crashed over Sinai in October 2015 killing all 224 passengers onboard.

Russia believes the flight was brought down by a bomb while Egypt maintained that the investigation has yet to find evidence supporting this claim.


U.S. Army Central Command concludes Egypt visit

Commanding General of the United States Army Central Michael X. Garrett has concluded his two-day visit to Egypt during which he met with senior Egyptian military officials to discuss the long-standing partnership between the two countries, the US embassy in Cairo announced in a statement Thursday.

During the meeting, army leaders from the two countries also discussed joint efforts to fight terrorism, and shared interests in regional stability and security, according to the statement.

The visit is Garrett’s second to Cairo this year. In January, he met with the Egyptian chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy and discussed ways to increase military cooperation.


Cabinet approves draft bill on tax settlement

(Reuters)-Egypt’s government approved a draft bill that would settle tax disputes, the cabinet said in a statement on Wednesday, a move aimed at restoring confidence with investors amidst ongoing talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Over 6,000 tax dispute cases worth about 47 billion Egyptian pounds ($5.29 billion) are in the court system, in addition to 150 civil disputes, Deputy Finance Minister Amr al-Mounir said in a news conference.

“The draft bill is an important tool for encouraging voluntary upholding of the tax law and aims to expedite dispute settlement with investors as well as create a climate of trust between investors and the tax authority,” the cabinet said.


Parliament to meet economic group ministers over IMF loan

The economic sub-committee at the parliament is set to meet with the economic group ministers; finance, planning and investment ministers to discuss developments of the IMF loan.

The governor of Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tariq Amer was quoted Thursday as saying that the negotiations with the IMF over the loan were successful and that Egypt will receive a $12 billion over three years.


MP demands more youth representation at parliamentary committees

Member of Parliament Dina Abdel Aziz demanded Speaker Ali Abdel Aal to increase youth representation at the general committee, Youm7 reported.

Abdel Aziz also demanded that youth be appointed as head and undersecretary of parliamentary sub-committees.


Egyptian Democratic Party rejects VAT draft law

Egyptian Democratic Party has voiced its rejection to the draft law of the value added tax act, adding that the law will reduce the size of investments in the country, and thus will negatively affect the production and profitability in projects.

The party instead proposed an alternative, which is developing the current tax collection system by raising its efficiency which would increase taxes, Youm7 reported.


MP says confronting radical edicts on top of parliament radar

Member of Parliament Osama el-Abd said that confronting radical fatwas (Islamic edicts) that are issued by unspecialized persons and causes uproar in the society is on the top of the religious committee’s radar.


National unity draft law to be discussed at parliament: Support Egypt Coalition head

The draft law of “National unity and social coherence” has been sent to the legislative sub-committee at the parliament “to be discussed before being referred to general session for voting,” head of Support Egypt Coalition Saad el-Gamal told Youm7.

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