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Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Diplomacy was the topic du jour last night

Coverage of our major day of diplomacy led our airwaves last night: Former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohamed Hegazy joined Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna El Assal last night to discuss the significance of yesterday’s diplomatic events, which included the Negev summit in Israel, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire’s visit to Egypt, and a phone call between President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (we have more details in our Diplomacy section, above) (watch, runtime: 8:55).

Everything is getting pricier, but replacing outdated cars with natgas-powered vehicles still costs the same: Car owners looking to replace their older cars with new ones running on natural gas under the government’s natgas transition scheme will not pay more than the amount already announced, the Finance Ministry’s Automobile Financing Fund spokesperson Tarek Awad told Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi in a phone-in (watch, runtime: 9:06). This comes as car prices rise on the back of the EGP devaluation.

Almost 18k dual-fuel cars have been sold under the scheme, Awad said (watch, runtime: 1:01). The multi-year program, which launched last year, provides financial incentives to car owners to either trade in their old vehicles or convert their engines to run on natgas. The initiative aims to take 1.8 mn gas-fuelled cars off the road to be outfitted with dual-fuel engines over the course of a decade.

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