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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Not much business or econ to speak of for Egypt’s talking heads

There was little by way of econ or business on the airwaves last night. Newly-elected Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s stop-by in Cairo earned some airtime, along with the weekly cabinet meeting — and a live rant about contraceptives.

Hamdok’s meeting with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly was on Khaled Abu Bakr’s radar, with the Al Hayah Al Youm host speculating that Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker’s presence at the meeting indicated “potential cooperation,” but stopped short of directly pointing to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (watch, runtime: 2:11). We have more on this in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Abu Bakr also picked up on the Madbouly cabinet approving a number of US and European grants yesterday during its weekly meeting (watch, runtime: 1:59). We have the story in our weekly roundup of the meeting in Speed Round, below.

Egypt witnessing a “birth control pill crisis”: Birth control pills have apparently been scarce for some time in pharmacies around the country, Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer says. This shortage is a consequence of a recent Health Ministry decision to limit the distribution of subsidized pills to maternity care centers without notifying customers, head of the pharma division at the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce Ali Auf told Amer (watch, runtime: 5:44).

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