Ismail Cabinet preliminarily approves Unified Planning Act
The Ismail cabinet gave its preliminary approval yesterday to the Unified Planning Act drafted by the Planning Ministry, according to an official statement. The bill sets a framework for the state to regulate the planning and execution of national projects based on their merit, costs and sources of funding. Ministers also agreed to establish a Supreme Medical Tourism Committee, which will be mandated with setting a comprehensive strategy for promoting medical tourism in Egypt and putting in place a framework to monitor the hospitals and clinics operating under medical tourism. Also approved during the weekly meeting:
- A USD 45 mn technical grant from China for the launch of a new satellite, which Egypt and China signed at the BRICS summit in Xiamen in September;
- Amendments to the Public Procurement Law that grant Egyptian products preferential treatment in government contracts and promote local industries;
- Amending the National Food Safety Authority’s affiliation to bring it under the auspices of the presidency.