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Thursday, 28 October 2021

El Sisi with Romanian counterpart, ACI, Arab League among mixed topics on airwaves

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made a rare call-in to the small screen last night, ringing up a visibly delighted Sherif Amer on MBC Masr’s Yahduth fi Masr to praise a young kid, Ahmed Tamer, making headlines for his skill at reciting the Qur’an (watch, runtime: 11:38).

El Sisi’s speech during a press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who was in town yesterday for talks, was aired on both Al Hayah Al Youm and Sada El Balad (watch, runtime: 5:45 and runtime: 2:03). The two leaders discussed pushing for a political settlement in Libya and sharing thoughts on a solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We have more in Diplomacy, below. El Sisi also phoned in to talk shows for the first time in recent memory, praising the Quran recitation of a child to Yahduth Fi Masr’s Sherif Monir (watch, runtime 11:38).

How has Nafeza been going so far? FinMin advisor Mona Nasser tuned in on Al Hayah Al Youm for updates on the new one-stop Advanced Cargo Information (ACI) system, which graduated from pilot phase at the start of the month and is now mandatory for importers to use (watch, runtime: 7:07). So far, some 21.5k importers have registered on Nafeza, the online platform running the ACI, and nearly 52k foreign exporters have already signed up for blockchain platform CargoX, which allows shippers to Egypt to upload shipping documents.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abou El Gheit spoke to Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa for political bits and pieces. Abou El Gheit discussed El Sisi’s decision to end emergency rule (watch, runtime: 5:19), weighed in on Sudan (watch, runtime: 4:29), as well as Libya (watch, runtime: 4:14), Syria (watch, runtime: 4:49), and Lebanon (watch, runtime: 4:23), among other topics.

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