UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest on Sept. 3: Sisi, IMF head discuss Egypt’s economic reform plan
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met on Saturday with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of the 11th round of G20 Summit. Youm7


CAIRO: No more browse from site to another, here is Egypt’s politics digest for Sept.3: 

Sisi, IMF head discuss Egypt’s economic reform plan

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met on Saturday with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of the 11th round of G20 Summit, scheduled to kick off in China’s Hangzhou Sunday, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, they discussed the IMF’s three-year $12 billion loan to support the country’s economic reform program, Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef was quoted by Youm7.

The two officials reviewed the efforts made by Egypt to attract investments in an attempt to boost growth rates, reduce the public debit and create job opportunities, said Youssef.

Sisi’s participation at the G-20 summit as a guest comes at the invitation of Chinese president and summit chairman Xi Jinping. This is the first time for Egypt to be present at the summit meetings since it was formed in 2008.

On Saturday morning, Sisi arrived to China from India, where he held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Indian officials over the course of the past three days.

The event represents an ideal event to boost Egypt’s economy and drive more investments opportunities, Youm7 quoted Finance Minister Amr el Garhy on Friday.

“Such important international event is a key chance to contribute to forging the new global economic system and comprehensive and sustainable development plans,” he added.


Egypt voices concern over growing violence in Gabon

Egypt Foreign Ministry voiced deep concern about the growing violence acts that have been taking place in Gabon during the past two days.

In an official statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid called all fractions to “preserve security and exercise self-control.”

On Saturday, Gabonese security forces have arrested more than 1,000 people during a second day of protest began after the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been narrowly re-elected in Wednesday’s vote, according to Youm7.

Abu Zeid warned off “seriousness of the consequences that could result from the growing violence on the security and stability of the state of Gabon.”



Border guards foil attempt by 36 people to illegally immigrate to Italy

Border guards at Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Rosetta have foiled an illegal immigration attempt and prevented 36 people from various nationalities from boarding a boat and crossing the sea to Italy, Youm7 reported on Saturday.

Beheira security directorate has received a notification about the illegal migration attempt and arrested the 36 people; nine Egyptians, 12 Somalis, three Eritreans and nine Sudanese.

They have admitted to have paid an anonymous middle man to facilitate their boat trip to Italy.

They, along with the boat crew, were arrested, detained for four days over attempting to illegally leave the country.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.


Outgoing EU Ambassador: I learned a lot from Egyptians, hopeful for country’s future

Ambassador of European Union to Cairo James Moran expressed his deep sadness as he will leave Egypt after his assignment period expired, he said in TV statements.

Moran added that he has spent a lovely time in Egypt and that he learned a lot from Egyptians over the past years, following the January 25 Revolution.

He said that Egypt and MENA region have suffered from difficult situations for the past five years, and that Egyptian people have big coming challenges; he noted that he is hopeful for the country’s future.


Parliament’s 1st period saw legislative achievements: professor

A political science professor at Cairo University Mohamed Kamal said that the first convention period of the parliament has witnessed legislative achievements but limited monitoring role on government’s performance, according to Youm7.


MP:Transport Ministry developed 170 railroad level crossings

Member of Parliament Hussein Khater reiterated official reports that blamed human error for fatal crashes on railways, adding that the Transport Ministry has developed more than 170 level crossings thus far.


Parliament to vote on Civil Servant law Tuesday

Parliament schedules a final voting session on the Civil Servant draft law on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

Parliament Speaker Aly Abdel Aal called the session “historic” and will be attended by governmental representatives; he noted that members will celebrate the end of the convening period.

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