Shattered World Cup dreams all over our airwaves + a deep dive into the Real Estate Registry Act
Top of the agenda last night: The World Cup qualifier post-mortem. Most of the nation’s talking heads focused on last night’s World Cup qualifier, which saw the Pharaohs lose a second penalty shootout against Senegal in as many months — and crash out of World Cup contention. Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy spoke to Yahduth Fi Masr’s Sherif Amer from Senegal’s Dakar following the defeat (watch, runtime: 5:35 ) while Kelma Akhira criticized manager Carlos Queiroz’s choices and team formation (watch, runtime: 3:43). Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 1:35) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 2:09) also had coverage.
The Real Estate Registry Act in focus: Only 5-7% of Egyptian real estate properties are officially registered with the state, said Real Estate Registry and Notarization head Gamal Yaqout in a phone-in with Sada El Balad’s Salet El Tahrir (watch, runtime 4:15). The state official made the rounds on our airwaves to talk about the recent amendments to the Real Estate Registry Act, which he said will go into effect on 8 May. This comes after Justice Minister Omar Marwan appeared in a presser yesterday (watch, runtime 3:38) to highlight the new changes that will help streamline the real estate registration process — which Yaqout said is optional for all property owners — by significantly reducing the number of documents needed, digitizing parts of the procedures, and putting a time ceiling on the entire process. Those who submit forged documents as part of their registration process could face prison time of up to two years and fines of up to EGP 50k, Yaqout told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mostafa Sherdy (watch, runtime 7:45).
Also getting play on the airwaves:
- In from the cold: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Cairo was noted as a display of our strengthening relations on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime 10:06) and CBC Extra (watch, runtime 4:04). Doha yesterday pledged to invest USD 5 bn into Egypt, which you can read more about in the news well, above.
- E-receipts and raises for public sector employees and pensioners also got mention last night, as we note in stories above.