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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Talking heads are stuck in a political rut

Amr Adib was the only one of the nation’s talking heads to bless the airwaves with a business-related discussion last night, with everyone else shifting between politics and miscellany.

Adib sat sat down with Samih Sawiris on last night’s Kol Yom for a prolonged chat about the economy, which the businessman said is on the mend and primed for fresh investment. Sawiris reserved particular praise for the EGP float, saying that currency stability is key to an attractive business climate. Political and security issues continue to be the thorn in the country’s side, especially when it comes to the recovery of tourism, he noted.

For what remained of his air time, Sawiris spoke about the EGP 4 bn Zewail City for Science and Technology, where he sits on the board of trustees. He urged viewers to contribute to the project, which is being developed by the Armed Forces due to lack of sufficient funding from donors (watch the full interview here, runtime 1:00:35).

Adib also spoke to Samir Sami Anan, the son of the former Armed Forces chief of staff, about his suspension from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology over alleged social media posts against the state (we have the full story in Politics + Economics). Anan Jr maintains that the account that posted the content in question is not his (watch, runtime 7:33).

Meningitis at Choueifat? On Hona Al Asema, Education Minister Tarek Shawki told host Lamees Al Hadidi that the International School of Choueifat has been temporarily shut down for three days over fears of a meningitis outbreak. His ministry will hold a joint presser on Saturday with the Health Ministry to announce the final results of their ongoing investigation into the issue (watch, runtime 4:13).The Health Ministry has already concluded that it has found no reason to believe that any student has contracted the disease, according to ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed (watch, runtime 4:00).

Lamees also sat down with Lawyers’ Syndicate head Sameh Ashour to discuss his views on the political scene in Egypt (watch, runtime 5:25), while Al Hayah Al Youm’s Tamer Amin did the same with political analyst Abdel Moneim Said (watch, runtime 45:17).

Over on Masaa DMC, Eman El Hosary followed up on President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Oman, which wraps up today with meetings with Omani investors, Ittihadiya spokesman Bassam Rady told her (watch, runtime 4:12).

El Hosary also hosted South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, who said that tourism flows are still low. According to Fouda, occupancy rates during peak seasons reached 40-45%, while off seasons see occupancy dipping to as low as 25%. Egypt has begun working to attract tourists from alternative markets, including Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia, to make up for lower arrival rates from other regions, Fouda said (watch, runtime 4:07).

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