Last Night’s Talk Shows on 8 February 2021
Informal housing and development dominated the airwaves again last night as the talking heads delved into President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to the Ezbet El Haggana area along with a number of ministers. Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 15:43) and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa covered the tour (watch, runtime: 4:55).
Plans to renovate with minimal displacement: The government’s plan to develop Ezbet El Haggana as part of its development strategy for informal settlements will see repairs to its electricity and sewage networks complete within the coming month, Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi noted (watch, runtime: 2:51). The development plan also entails expanding the roads in the area, but authorities will aim to minimize the number of buildings that will be removed in the process, head of the Informal Housing Fund Khaled Seddik told El Hosary (watch, runtime: 5:50). Seddik had a similar chat with Al Hayah Al Youm's Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 11:13).
The second biggest talking point of the night: The imminent launch of Egycomex and other internal trade developments. Ibrahim Ashmawy, head of the Internal Trade Development Authority and chairman of the new Egyptian Commodities Exchange (Egycomex) explained the benefits of the exchange in regulating and digitizing commodities trading in a sit-down with Al Hayah Al Youm’s Assal. With its financial and administrative regulations now complete, the exchange will launch on a pilot basis in mid-April, with wheat as the first tradable commodity, Ashmawy confirmed (watch, runtime: 10:52).
The government’s plans to establish logistics zones in different governorates are meant to help reduce the prices of goods, Ashmawy said in a separate interview with Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 5:43). Ashmawy also touched on the planned EGP 20 bn Gold City, which will depend on the private sector for financing and partnership (watch, runtime: 4:29).