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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Last night’s talk shows on Sunday 1 December 2019

The government’s focus on youth inclusion and employment was the top theme on the airwaves: The talking heads were focused last night on the high number of young deputy governors sworn in last week’s shake-up as well as other government efforts to empower the youth. Both Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal and Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim had lengthy segments on the topic.

What the talking heads are saying: Egypt is giving its youth a platform. Ibrahim spoke to Dakahlia’s new young deputy governor Haytham El Sheikh, who said the change-up is a dream come true for many young people and shows they are being entrusted with influential public administration roles (watch, runtime: 23:19). Assal, meanwhile, sat down with a small factory owner in one of the state-sponsored SMEs complexes that encourage youth-led businesses by eliminating red tape (watch, runtime: 19:40). Those complexes appeared following a 2014 presidential initiative to lend to SME entrepreneurs at a discounted rate.

El Hekaya’s Amr Adib took note of the second round of meetings between Egyptian, Sudanese, and Ethiopian irrigation ministers to hash out the technical issues of building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday in Cairo (watch, runtime: 8:26). We have more on this in What We’re Tracking Today, above.

Gov’t to continue accepting appeals for reinclusion in subsidy rolls: The Supply Ministry has extended to 15 December its deadline to continue accepting appeals for reinstatement in the food subsidies program from those that had been removed earlier this year under the Great Subsidy Rolls Purge, Assal reports (watch, runtime: 12:40).

Egypt’s agricultural exports have hit 5.1 mn tonnes year-to-date, according to Agricultural Quarantine Authority figures cited by Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 7:21). Citrus fruits accounted for a large share of the total — followed by potatoes, onions, and grapes, reports Ahram Gate.

Egypt’s quality of road infrastructure has climbed 90 spots since 2014 in a global index cited by lecturer at the Arab Academy for Transportation, Maritime and Technology and roads and traffic consultant Emad Nabil in a phone-in with Assal (watch, runtime: 4:52). This has reflected on the rate of road accidents, which dropped 41% between 2017 and 2019, Nabil says.

Aswan wins UNESCO award for being one of the world’s top 10 “learning cities”: Aswan received on Friday the UNESCO Learning City Award for its sound practices in improving learning quality and its locals access to education, both Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 1:50) and Assal (watch, runtime: 1:53) reported.

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