Customs + trade headline the talk shows on 8 September 2021
Last night’s talk shows focused on President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s tour of Alexandria Port, during which he inspected development work on a new multi-purpose logistics station, sea docks and storage warehouses, as well as new train carriages and the monorail. Alaa Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 13:16), Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 3:40 | 4:00) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 3:37 | 22:47) all had the story.
Only goods that meet European standards will be allowed to enter the country, El Sisi said, adding that the state has invested bns of EGP in the new automated system for tax and customs procedures. He said that next March would mark the final deadline for the rollout of the new system.
Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi invited FinMin advisor Mona Nasser (watch, runtime: 4:07 | 11:08) to explain the details of the new customs system and how it will facilitate imports and exports. She also spoke with Metta Beshay, a member of the importers division in the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, on the system’s challenges and the extent to which traders are ready for its implementation (watch, runtime: 6:21).
On the development of Alexandria Port: Alexandria Port Authority Chairman Tarek Shahin spoke with Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 9:50) on the implementation of the 22 new sea docks, which he said would allow the port to cater to the largest container ships.
Egypt will be a global center for trade and logistics by 2024, Transport Minister Kamel Al Wazir said in an interview on Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 53:52 | 7:17), adding that 180 mn tons of goods are currently transported in Egypt every year. He added that the multi-purpose logistics station provided a chance to expand docking capacity at Alexandria Port.
The new monorail line will cost an estimated EGP 76 bn, National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) head Assem Waly said in a phone interview with Yahduth Fi Masr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 2:45 | 3:16), adding that construction on Cairo ‘s Metro Line 4 is now 15% complete.
The cost of garbage disposal in Cairo, including collection, transportation and safe disposal, is more than EGP 3 bn annually, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Sharaawy said during an inspection of the city’s garbage disposal companies, ahead of the implementation of contracts with two new firms, Irtiqaa and Enviromaster, to manage the city’s waste. Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:49) and Yahduth Fi Masr (watch, runtime: 2:28) had the story.