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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

With no clear theme in Egypt’s news, talking heads take note of Universal Children’s Day

No particular theme dominated last night’s talk shows, save for a few talking heads taking note of Universal Children’s Day.

Egypt currently has some 38.9 mn citizens under the age of 18, Hona Al Asema’s Lama Gebril said, citing CAPMAS figures (watch, runtime: 5:55). As the government looks to contain Egypt’s population growth, the Social Solidarity Ministry is set to inaugurate 34 reproductive health clinics (akin to Planned Parenthood) next month, according to the ministry’s population program coordinator Randa Fares. The clinic should serve around 1.15 mn women across 10 governorates (watch, runtime: 7:00).

Some 117k children between the ages of 10 and 17 get married each year in Egypt, Al Hayah Al Youm noted in a brief discussion of child marriages (watch, runtime: 1:56).

The General Authority for Freezones and Investments (GAFI) will inaugurate the Nuweiba freezone “soon,” GAFI head Mohsen Adel said on Al Hayah Al Youm. Adel also discussed progress on several development projects the government is launching in Upper Egypt, which was the topic of discussion with a visiting delegation from the World Bank (we have more in Diplomacy + Foreign Trade, below) (watch, runtime: 16:41).

Suez Canal Authority boss Mohab Mamish chatted about the investments the Suez Canal Economic Zone has attracted over the past few years and noted the wide range of projects that have been established in the zone (watch, runtime: 8:28).

Elsewhere, CAF’s decision to suspend the Algerian referee who presided over Al Ahly FC and Esperance Tunis’ latest match over alleged bias was a topic of discussion on Yahduth fi Masr. The former head of CAF’s technical committee, Monem Shatta, said that the referee should be summoned for questioning. If the probe finds that the ref was bribed, a re-match should be held, he said (watch, runtime: 4:12).

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