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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Shell attack on Al Arish airport, more commentary on price-printing policy

Last night’s talk shows were a bore, with just about nothing that qualified as business-relevant — and nothing so egregious that we could really call it a lowlight:

Kol Youm’s Amr Adib touched on the shell attack on Al Arish airport yesterday during a visit from the interior and defense ministers, which he said is evidence that the perpetrators had access to intelligence on the ministers’ schedules (we have more on the attack in National Security, below). Wearing his Captain Obvious cape, Adib said that Al Arish has become a conflict zone (watch, runtime: 3:35).

Adib also talked to State Information Service head Diaa Rashwan about the New YorkTimes’ guest column describing Egypt as a “terrible ally” to the US. Adib chalked up the negative press to Egypt drafting a UN Security Council resolution against the US’ Jerusalem declaration. Rashwan said the editorial’s release was timed to act as an explanation for US Vice President Mike Pence delaying his visit to Egypt. Rashwan said that many of the guest columnists’ criticisms are points of pride for Egypt, including diversifying its allies and weapons providers. In any case, the SIS will coordinate with the Foreign Ministry to issue a formal response to the editorial. Separately, Rashwan said the SIS is holding a presser tomorrow to address media reports on Egypt’s human rights record (watch, runtime: 9:41).

Over on Masaa DMC, Osama Kamal spoke to deputy chairman of the Egyptian ElectricityHolding Company (EEHC) Al-Husseiny Al-Far about EEHC’s agreement with E-Finance to collect e-payments for power bills and charging prepaid meters. The payment service is accessible through Egypt Post branches, said postal service boss Essam El Sagheer (watch, runtime: 11:12).

Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer sat down with Consumer Protection Agency head AtefYacoub, who had little more to add to what has already been said about the Supply Ministry’s price-printing policy. Yacoub lauded the policy as good for consumers.

Meanwhile on Al Hayah Al Youm, Tamer Amin talked to SME Development AuthorityChairperson Niveen Gamea about the authority’s mandate and efforts including nation-wide training program on how to start and develop SME projects (watch, runtime: 34:13).

Hona Al Assema’s Lamees Al Hadidi was off last night.

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