Shoukry talks to the press at Davos 2022
Leading the conversation on Egypt in the international press: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was interviewed by several outlets on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, talking to CNBC (watch, runtime: 2:11) about the government’s response to rising inflation and soaring food prices (more on this in this morning’s What We’re Tracking Today) and the Associated Press about the upcoming COP27 climate summit.
Climate protests at COP? Shoukry also told the AP that Egypt would allow climate demonstrations during the summit despite protests being largely illegal in the country since 2013. “We are developing a facility adjacent to the conference center that will provide them the full opportunity of participation, of activism, of demonstration, of voicing that opinion,” he said. The news came on the same day that Amnesty International called on governments to press Egypt to ease restrictions on civil society groups to allow more participation in the summit.
Egypt is still the poster child of the growing global food crisis: The Wall Street Journal is out with a feature looking at the impact of rising food prices on Egyptian society, while German outlet Qantara looks at the government’s efforts to increase local wheat production.