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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cabinet approves amendments to Anti-Terrorism Act, Traffic Act in weekly meeting

CABINET ROUNDUP- The Ismail Cabinet approved yesterday amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act that tighten penalties for harboring terrorists or aiding them in hiding from security forces, according to an official statement. The amendments also require all hotels to provide the state with updated records of their guests.

You’re going to have to put a GPS tracker on your Jeep if you want to renew your license: The ministers also signed off on amendments to the Traffic Act that would require four-wheel drive vehicles to install a GPS tracker as a condition of being licensed. Owners of these vehicles will also be required to notify the authorities if they intend to sell or rent their cars, and provide the renter or buyer’s personal information. Penalties for violators of these requirements and individuals who disable their tracking devices include a prison sentence of at least two years and a fine of no more than EGP 5,000. The crackdown on four wheelers is a result of their popularity with terrorists, particularly those who hide out in mountainous areas, officials said.

Cabinet also approved a draft law on solid waste management and agreed to begin implementing the new strategy outlined in the legislation in Gharbeya, Kafr El Sheikh, Qena, and Assiut. No details were provided on what exactly the strategy entails, but Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy told reporters yesterday that new garbage collection fees will be imposed nationwide, Al Masry Al Youm reports. The exact amount and process of payment for these fees has yet to be determined, according to Fahmy.

Other approvals worth noting:

  • Draft legislation to restructure the Egyptian Endowments Authority and its management of investments and charitable endowments to ensure their growth;
  • A bundle of decisions and recommendations from the ministerial committee for the resolution of investment disputes;
  • A EGP 15 mn direct order agreement with the Egyptian Pharmaceutical Trading Company to import unspecified medications for the domestic market.

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