Last night’s talk shows for Thursday, 19 December 2019
The anticipated arrival today of the first British flight to Sharm El Sheikh in four years was greeted with much fanfare by the nation’s talking heads last night. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 1:03) and Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan each took note (watch, runtime: 1:15).
The timing of British tourists’ return to the Red Sea resort town is opportune and will push the industry to capitalize on the Central Bank of Egypt’s recently-launched EGP 50 bn tourism support program to prepare for the expected influx of tourists, Chamber of Tourism Establishments member Magdy Sadek told Min Masr’s Amr Khalil (watch, runtime: 4:41). On a related note, French ambassador to Egypt Stephane Romatet said at a presser that an estimated 700k French tourists have visited Egypt this year, marking a recovery from the post-2011 period that saw French arrivals nosedive to 100k per year, Assal reported (watch, runtime: 5:38).
Veteran diplomat Ahmed Hagag explained how Egypt is looking to get the UN to denounce as illegitimate the recently signed Libya-Turkey maritime border demarcation agreement in a phone-in with Assal (watch, runtime: 6:53). Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan also took note (watch, runtime: 3:00). We have the full story in this morning’s Diplomacy + Foreign Trade, below.
Final bits of World Youth Forum coverage: Assal and Radwan highlighted Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly calling on the forum’s moderators to partner up with other global forums in the future (watch, runtime: 1:35) and (watch, runtime: 1:26). Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer, meanwhile, had a chat with International Organization for Migration (IOM) Egypt Chief of Mission Laurent de Boeck on how platforms such as the World Youth Forum can help reduce immigration among the youth (watch, runtime: 3:07).