Egypt Petroleum Show tops coverage on last night’s talk shows
The Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS) was the topic du jour on the airwaves last night. The three-day event has already seen the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) sign an agreement with US-based construction firm Bechtel to establish a USD 6.7 bn petroleum refinery, which we recap in full in this morning’s Speed Round below. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Hossam Hadad and Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 3:38) and Min Masr’s Amr Khalil (watch, runtime: 3:33) took note of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s inauguration of the expo.
Local and international oil companies’ investments in Egypt’s oil and gas industry have hit EGP 1 tn, USD 35 bn (c. EGP 550 bn) of which were invested under the current administration, Oil Minister Tarek El Molla said (watch, runtime: 1:19).
Egypt hosting an oil and gas event of this magnitude is evidence of our emergence as a regional gas hub, Mohamed Saad El Din, head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries’ energy division, told Min Masr’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 8:53).
The coronavirus also got some airtime with talk show hosts — including Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer, who phoned Health Minister Hala Zayed — giving us the daily dose of assurance that Egypt is still safe from the epidemic (watch, runtime: 5:21).