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Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Education Act + Labor Act amendments lead the conversation

Topping the talkin heads’ agendas last night: Legislative amendments the Madbouly Cabinet passed yesterday in a bid to cut down on child labor and encourage children to attend school. The story earned coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 1:15), and Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 3:58).

The idea behind the amendments is solid, but some of the individual stipulations need to be revisited, lawyer and chair of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Right Nehad Abou El Qomsan told Kelma Akheera’s Lamees El Hadidi. The financial penalties for child labor or keeping a child out of school are extremely low, particularly when compared to the fines laid out in other laws for other crimes, such as publishing false news, Abou El Qomsan said (watch, runtime: 8:49). We have the full story in the news well, above.

Abu Qir Fertilizers’ plan to sell an additional 10-15% stake on the EGX before the month is out got some airtime on Kelma Akhira, where Emad El Din Mostafa, head of Chemical Industries Holding Company, phoned in to give Lamees El Hadidi a rundown of the company’s plans for a secondary stake sale. The company has yet to specify an exact target date and still plans to go ahead with the sale despite “less than ideal” conditions in the stock market, which Mostafa said won’t get better until fresh listings materialize (watch, runtime: 5:16).

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