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Sunday, 31 July 2022

The National Dialogue + new social protection measures get the headline treatment on the airwaves

The 19-member board of trustees of the National Dialogue process decided yesterday to form five committees for the social agenda portion of the ongoing consultations: health, education, social cohesion, overpopulation, culture and national identity, according to a statement. The meeting got extensive coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna El Assal, who spoke with board member Emad El Din Hussein, (watch, runtime: 6:36), Ala Ma’ouleety (watch, runtime: 4:04), and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 3:37).

The board will discuss the economic agenda in its next meeting on Wednesday, 3 August, Mahmoud Fawzi, secretary-general of the dialogue, told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna El Assal (watch, runtime: 6:45). The board is scheduled to begin working on an agenda for the dialogue, including choosing the sessions’ participants, after it meets on Wednesday, Fawzi said.

Need a refresher on the national dialogue? You can read our explainer here.

The Madbouly government’s measures to strengthen the social safety net to shield the country’s most vulnerable from the economic fallout from the war in Ukraine also got some airtime from Al Hayah Al Youm’s El Assal (watch, runtime: 31:44), who spoke with Mervat Sabreen, assistant minister for protection and social safety nets at the Social Solidarity Ministry, and Sona3 El Kheir’s board of trustees President Mostafa Zamzam.

The latest on the GERD: Egypt’s appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene in the dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) got coverage from Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 3:55 | 3:00 | 4:00) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 6:52). We have more on the story in this morning’s Diplomacy section, above.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with the military’s National Service Products Organization’s (NSPO) director to follow up on ongoing projects, including a dairy plant in Borg El Arab, also got attention on the airwaves from Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:47) and Sada El Balad (watch, runtime: 2:41). The meeting also saw El Sisi follow up with Jordanian representatives on the partnership between the countries on livestock and feed production.

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