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Thursday, 13 October 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Of expat cars and wildcat buildings

All eyes were on the outcomes of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting during last night’s talk shows. The cabinet passed a decision giving tax breaks to Egyptian expats importing new cars, and a draft law allowing more illegal buildings to go legit. We dive into both decisions in our Legislation Watch section, above.

Tax breaks on new car imports have long been in demand by Egyptian expats and former cabinet ministers tried to make it happen, Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad told Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 4:17 | 3:04 | 3:04).

The cabinet kept the window tight to protect car dealers: The initiative will only last four months and is limited to one car per person in efforts not to hurt local car sellers, Saad said. He also joined Masaa DMC to expand on the decision (watch, runtime: 12:05).

The pundits also took note of a draft bill passed by the cabinet that would allow for more illegal buildings to get their status reconciled. Applying for reconciliation will give owners the comfort of knowing their building is a legal entity and no one can kick them out of it, Rep. Ahmed El Seginy said on Ala Mas’ouletty (watch, runtime: 4:42).

New violations will not be tolerated: The government can use aerial photography to spot new illegal construction, El Seginy added.

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