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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

From organ trafficking to state financial transactions on Last Night’s Talk Shows

While no single topic reigned supreme on the airwaves last night, the talking heads picked up on some noteworthy issues, including the government’s automation of its financial transactions and an exposé on organ trafficking in Omm El Donia.

Say goodbye to paper cheques from government: On Masaa DMC, Osama Kamal spoke with E-Finance’s Ibrahim Sarhan about the Finance Ministry’s automation of the government’s financial transactions. Paper cheques are on the way out at some 4,500 accounting units across government, Sarhan says, in a system that will cut down on fraud and save time (watch, runtime 8:20).

Organ trafficking doesn’t happen in state hospitals, the Health ministry would like you to know: The Health Ministry is on a media blitz against a German documentary on organ trafficking in Egypt, which spokesperson Khaled Mogahed told 90 Minutes’ Moataz El Demerdash is an attempt to destroy Egypt’s burgeoning medical tourism sector. Mogahed stressed that the hospitals depicted in the documentary are not ministry-affiliated (watch, runtime 15:31).

Standing in for Lamees Al Hadidi on Hona Al Asema, Dina Zahra was reduced to talking about annual summer sales at clothing stores with Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce Secretary-General Alaa Ezz, who told the host that clothes have gotten expensive due to the float of the EGP. Groundbreaking stuff.

Meanwhile, Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer had a chat with Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz about the new Sports Law and its effect on the governance of sporting clubs. We can no longer stand our club, so this is where we tuned out.

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