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Sunday, 17 January 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on 17 January 2021

The Public Enterprises Ministry’s decision last week to liquidate Egypt Iron & Steel dominated proceedings on the airwaves last night: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa made his opinions on the proposed liquidation of Egypt Iron & Steel clear last night, criticizing Public Enterprises Minister Hisham Tawfik’s decision to finally call it a day on loss-making company. Among those invited to the party was MP Mostafa Bakry, who accused the minister of failing to modernize the company on purpose and called on the president to intervene (watch, runtime: 14:03).

SMART POLICY- Speaking to Moussa later in the show, Tawfik denied that he intentionally liquidated the company and said that its outdated technology meant it was no longer commercially viable. The decision, he said, was a pragmatic one and urged detractors not to get emotional (watch, runtime: 31:55). Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi also devoted a segment of her show to the topic (watch, runtime: 27:25).

Siemens’ participation in the national electric rail project and the US designation of Hasm as a terrorist group also got a lot of attention from the nation’s talking heads last night. We have the details on both of these stories, above.

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