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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Invest Act goes live by end of August, election preps starting, cotton production looking better this year

It was another patchwork night on the airwaves, with the only topics standing out being the cabinet economic group’s approval on the executive regulations to the Investment Act and the passage of National Electoral Commission Act.

The Investment Act’s executive regulations should come into effect before the end of August, Investment Minister Sahar Nasr told Sherif Amer on Yahduth fi Misr. The minister rightfully played the populist card in selling the act to the public, saying the real value of the legislation is that it will put focus on Egypt’s neediest governorates and prioritize labor-intensive projects.

Amer also spoke to the prime minister’s elections adviser, Refaat Komsan about the National Election Committee’s role in the May 2018 presidential elections. Komsan said the NEC will be the sole authority overseeing the ballot and that its members will include 10 judges headed by the oldest judge from the Court of Cassation.

Meanwhile on Masaa DMC, cotton production was on Eman El Hosary’s brain. Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Khaled Abdel Dayem told El Hosary that the industry is recovering, with 220k feddans cultivated so far this year, compared to 130k last year. The government hopes to have cultivated 350k feddans by year’s end, he added, but the Farmer Union’s Mahmoud Fett said that rising fertilizer prices have been a growing challenge (watch, runtime: 14:17).

On Al Nahar TV, Mohamed El Dessouky followed up on the striking pharmacists demanding the Health Ministry permit price hikes (watch, runtime: 42:51)

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