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Monday, 4 March 2019

El Sisi meeting with GEIDCO occupies talking heads (also, beware of the birds)

The airwaves were awash with miscellany last night, with no single topic or story capturing the collective focus of the nation’s talking heads.

President Abdel El Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with GEIDCO Chairman Liu Zhenya was the focus for Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 01:13). During the meeting, El Sisi stressed the importance of strengthening ties with African countries in the field of infrastructure development. El Sisi also met yesterday with the Kenyan foreign minister to discuss boosting bilateral relations in trade and investment.

Assal also discussed the Agriculture Ministry’s discovery of a new avian influenza virus called the H5N2 — as if we didn’t have enough problems already (watch, runtime: 02:43). The ministry said vaccines are available and urged farmers to make sure their poultry products are not infected before putting them on sale. The ministry plans to run examinations and compensate affected farmers (watch, runtime: 06:27).

Those removed from the government’s subsidies program will continue to have access to subsidized bread, adviser to the Supply Minister Amr Madkour assured Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 13:39).

Ibrahim also phoned Housing Minister Spokesman Hany Younes and quizzed him about Egypt’s plans to increase the proportion of populated areas from 7% to 14% by 2052 (watch, runtime: 10:17).

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