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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Tuesday 28 January 2020

It was truly a mixed bag of politics, economics, and health on the airwaves last night.

Trump’s long-awaited Middle East Peace Plan was the center of attention last night, Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 2:33) and Yahduth Fi Misr's Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 6:07) both covering the news out of Washington. We have more on that in this morning’s Speed Round below.

CBE governor says the hard part is over: Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan interviewed the CBE Governor Tarek Amer who said that the Egyptian economy had stabilized and that the country has reached safety (watch, runtime: 1:46). Amer said that the surge in the USD against the pound after the float was expected, but it has since cooled down and the EGP is rising slowly against the greenback (watch, runtime 3:47). Amer suggested that tourism the recovery in the tourism sector, which achieved USD 12.6 bn in revenues last year, is indicative of an improving situation in Egypt (watch, runtime: 1:17) and (watch, runtime: 0:47).

No funding from IMF: Amer said that Egypt does not need new funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) adding that the discussions with fund entail using the IMF's experience in the structural reforms program to improve government efficiency and bolster the investment climate (watch, runtime: 1:58)

No Chinese infected with Wuhan virus: Chinese ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang yesterday moved to reassure Egyptians that no Chinese were infected with the Wuhan virus in Egypt, Lobna Assal noted. Liqiang added that they are communicating directly with the foreign and health ministries to prevent the disease from spreading to Egypt (watch, runtime: 3:19). Min Masr's Amr Khalil phoned Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad, who confirmed that no infections have yet been reported among Egyptians in China and that the embassy is following up on the situation (watch, runtime: 10:40).

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