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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The airwaves were abuzz with praise for El Sisi’s speech in Vienna on digitization

El Sisi in Austria dominates airwaves: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech at the High-Level Africa Europe-Forum was (expectedly) the main topic of discussion on the airwaves last night. We have more on the president’s remarks in Speed Round, below.

The president’s focus on the importance of digitization an information technology was not lost on the talking heads, all of whom praised the president for choosing to prioritize technological advancement in Egypt and Africa. Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal, for one, said that El Sisi is the first Egyptian president to do so (watch, runtime: 03:43). Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr also lauded El Sisi for highlighting the size of Africa’s youth population, which can drive the continent’s technological development (watch, runtime: 06:25).

The government’s digitization drive in Egypt is meant to both streamline services and curb corruption, and El Sisi wants to see the rest of Africa reaping the same benefits, Deputy CIT Minister Khaled Al Attar said on Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 07:23).

Sheikh Mabrouk Attia lambasted underage marriage as an unacceptable practice and one that is not religiously encouraged, telling Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer that the prevalence of child marriage is rooted in a lack of education (watch, runtime: 04:34).

A suggestion to increase class time spent teaching Egyptian students the English language was one of 13 recommendations that came out of the government-sponsored “Egypt Can With Education” conference, according to the chairman of the “Egypt Can”-branded conferences Hany Al Nazer (watch, runtime: 06:36)

A drop in demand for Egyptian labor in the Gulf is the result of declining oil prices and a general lack of development projects in GCC countries, head of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce’s foreign labor division Hamdy Emam said on Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 06:43).

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