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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Egypt to get authority to regulate waste management

CABINET WATCH- Egypt is officially getting a waste management regulation authority: The Madbouly Cabinet approved in its weekly meeting yesterday draft legislation to set up an independent authority to regulate waste management, according to a statement. The authority would be in charge of monitoring and developing all aspects related to waste management as well as attracting investment in the sector to achieve sustainable development. The authority would be expected to create a national strategy for waste management in collaboration with other relevant entities as well as the regulations and guidelines for all contracts. It would also be expected to provide technical consultation and issue licenses. The legislation applies to all types of waste, including agricultural and industrial waste, as well as dangerous waste.

The cabinet dedicated a large portion of its meeting to discuss museums this week: It approved draft legislation that counts the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) as an “independent” public economic authority that’s under the supervision of the Antiquities Ministry. The authority will have a board of trustees headed by the president that will be in charge of issuing all the policies, plans and strategies related to the GEM. The authority will have the right to establish shareholding companies alone or jointly with others. The cabinet approved a draft legislation to establish a similar authority for the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

Also approved during yesterday’s meeting:

  • Amendments to the Police Authority Act related to social insurance and pensions;
  • A presidential decree on an MoU with Brunei related to economic and technical cooperation that was signed on 5 August;
  • A presidential decree to establish a university under the name Global in the New Administrative Capital that will host a branch of the UK’s University of Hertfordshire.

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