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Thursday, 11 August 2022

e-Aswaaq’s online ticketing system for tourist sites is now online

e-Aswaaq has rolled out its online ticketing platform to archeological sites: You can now buy tickets online for 29 tourist attractions in Egypt through the online portal run by e-Aswaaq, the e-commerce and tourism arm of state fintech player e-Finance, the company said in a press release (pdf). The platform allows you to purchase barcode-enabled tickets that can then be used directly through your phone at electronic gateways that the company installed at each of the sites, according to the statement.

This is ahead of schedule: The company had been looking to finish upgrading ticketing systems and complete the rollout of the portal for 30 archeological sites by the end of the year, after rolling it out at the Giza Pyramids and a number of other museums last year.

Food exports rose 2.4% y-o-y to USD 2.17 bn in 1H 2022, up from USD 2.12 bn last year, according to new figures from the Food Export Council. Arab countries were the biggest buyers, accounting for half of all exports during the period. EU countries came in second, importing USD 427 mn worth of food (20%), while the US accounted for 7% and non-Arab African countries 6%.

Other things we’re keeping an eye on this morning:

  • Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly directed each governorate and major city to establish a central park and plant trees along new roads nationwide under the plan to plant 100 mn trees. (Statement)
  • EFG Hermes’ e-payments subsidiary PayTabs is partnering with Waffarha to allow users of the savings platform to make online payments through PayTabs. (Statement, pdf)
  • The Health Ministry is getting a USD 11.2 mn grant from the UN Development Programme to make HIV and tuberculosis treatments more accessible and mitigate the impact of covid. (MENA)

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