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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Wednesday 22 January 2020

It was a slow night on the airwaves yesterday: Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer phoned cabinet spokesman Nader Saad who said that the cabinet made a “revolutionary decision” to approve the amendment to exempt the industrial manufacturers from paying property taxes on unused land (watch, runtime: 7:02). We have more on this in this morning’s Speed Round below.

Apparently we’re teaching the UK a thing or two about education: Min Masr’s Amr Khalil interviewed Education Minister Tarek Shawky, who said that he met the UK education minister three times to review Egypt’s system of electronic examinations, with the UK reportedly looking to learn a thing or two from our experience. Shawky said many countries had a positive impression about education development in Egypt (watch, runtime: 40:44).

The week wouldn’t be complete without more GERD coverage: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal highlighted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki to discuss the progress of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) talks. El Sisi directed them to keep working to safeguard Egypt's water rights for the benefit of present and future generations (watch, runtime: 5:24). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary phoned Irrigation Ministry spokesman Mohamed Elsebay, who said that Egypt is keen on a sustainable and fair agreement for all parties, to guarantee the the rights of all countries (watch, runtime: 5:26). Min Masr’s Reham Ibrahim also had the story (watch, runtime: 3:00).

It’s Cairo Book Fair season: Assal covered the opening of the 51st Cairo International Book Fair, whose slogan this year is ‘Egypt Africa … The Culture of Diversity’ (watch, runtime: 1:51). Yahduth Fi Misr (watch, runtime: 3:06) and Min Masr (watch, runtime: 1:35) also had coverage.

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