Agriculture Min. to import elephant, 4 sea lions for Giza Zoo

“Zizi, the rhino, arrived at Giza Zoo on October 22, 1983. White rhinos usually live to about 35 - 50 years of age - the Giza Zoo's FacebookCAIRO - 12 November 2019: The Ministry of Agriculture's Central Department of Zoos and Wildlife Conservation announced importing an elephant and four sea lions, including two for Giza Zoo and two for Alexandria Zoo from China, in cooperation with the Zimbabwean Embassy in Cairo.According to a statement issued by the Agriculture Ministry on Nov.11,a South African zoo will receive three giraffes and two zebras in exchange for sending a hippopotamus and an Ethiopian monkey in light of the deficit in some wildlife species.Giza Zoo Head Mohamed Rajaei stressed that the importation process will take place in accordance with the requirements of the General Authority for Veterinary Services and the international requirements of the Animal Health Organization.Giza Zoo has recently received two Red Kangaroos coming from Slovakia. The zoohas never hosted Kangaroos since its establishment in 1891. However, the zoo is now rendered without elephants after the death of Naema the Elephant due to a blood clot in its heart, according to Director of Giza Zoo Maha Saber.A periodic vaccination campaign was launched by Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture and General Authority for Veterinary Services to protect animals from common diseases such as Ovine rinderpest, which is contagious and common among goats and sheep.The Giza Zoo head said that these kinds of campaigns usually take place during the Zoo weekly off day, with the participation of workers and veterinarians.Giza Zoo is Egypt's most famous and historic zoo; it is also considered the biggest animal park in the Middle East.It was opened for the public in 1891 during the rule of Khedive Tawfiq. Many kinds of rare and endangered animals and birds live in the park

Source:Egypt Today

November 12, 2019 10:16 UTC


Egypt focuses on reforming sectors separately: EGX Chairman

Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Mohamed Farid during the Egypt’s Economic Summit that kicked off Tuesday -Cairo -12 November 2019: Egypt turned from focusing on macroeconomic reform to concentrating on reforming separate sectors, Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Mohamed Farid said Tuesday.Farid added during Egypt’s Economic Summit that Economic reform is a method and not a goal, FaridFarid affirmed that decreasing poverty rates is a priority to allow citizens buy and increase the consumption rates.“Growth rates depend on main axes of net exports, consumption growth and net investment growth through private and public sectors,” Farid stated.Moreover, Farid clarified that financial market is a main contributor and supporter of economic growth.He further referred to listing a bond if Urban communities Authorities on EGX lately.EGX conducted several amendents recently, including simplifying procedures and allowing funding for corporates, FaridNet foreign investment “net purchases” jumped to LE 21 billion in securities after November 2016, up from around LE 1-1.5 billion, Farid said.Farid also noted that foreign investors were net buyers at LE 38 billion in bonds after November 2016, compared to LE 2-3 billion then.This came during the opening session of Egypt Economic Summit held Tuesday, Nov. 12, under the auspices of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.The summit tackled Egypt’s vision post the economic reform program, including panels related to sectors of banking and finance, Information and Communication Technology (ICT),Industry, Investment, and real estate.The opening session was inaugurated by Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar, with the participation of Chairman if Federation of Egyptian Banks, and Chairman of CIB, President of Arab Investment Union and the Egyptian and the European Business Council Mohamed Abou El Enron, and Guest of Honor Hani Sarie-El din.Guest of Honor, Hanoi Sarie El-Din opened the speeches of the conference,addressing a speech on how to draw up a roadmap to achieve sustainable growth rates to complement the economic recovery and how to exploit the gains of the economic reform program and achieve a qualitative shift at the level of various economic sectors.The opening session discusses how the sustainable development strategy (SDS) represents a roadmap for maximizing competitive advantage to achieve the dreams and aspirations of Egyptians in a dignified and decent life.

Source:Egypt Today

November 12, 2019 09:22 UTC


Executive list of cybercrime law to be issued soon: Senior MP

A hand typing on a keyboard – Pixabay/fancycrave1CAIRO – 11 November 2019: Senior Parliament Member Ahmed Badawi said the Ministry of Communication has finished preparing the executive list of Law No. 175 of 2018 on combating cybercrime, paving the way for the prime minister office to release it.In an interview with Egypt Today, Badawi, head of the communications committee, said the law will be issued during the coming period as its executive list is expected to be released within days.Badawi said that the law combating computer-oriented crimes is one of the most important legislations that would also help deal with anti-state rumors circulated on social media and some websites.The law decisively combats all forms of cybercrimes, whether identity theft or violating personal data or attacking private or state-owned websites, Badawi said, adding that it would also counter circulating fake photos of girls on social media, and the dissemination of false news that target national security.Among the crimes that the law will deal with are Internet fraud and cyber extortion, Badawi said. He noted that the law will impose penalties of up to imprisonment and fine.In May last year, the Parliament initialed a cybercrime bill aiming at combating the illegal use of computers and information networks.The Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes Law defines commonly used concepts such as “websites, traffic data, digital directory, personal statements and national security”.On August 18, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ratified the anti-cybrecrime law allowing authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that "constitute a threat" to the state or publish fake news as well as jail or fine those who run them.The law imposes jail terms of up to five years and fines ranging between LE 10,000 and LE 20 million.According to the law, people whose social media accounts have more than 5,000 followers could be placed under supervision.The law authorizes authorities to suspend or block any personal account which "publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred".The danger of fake news nowadays lies in their ability to spread rapidly over the internet through social media platforms and websites of high traffic.

Source:Egypt Today

November 11, 2019 12:46 UTC


AOI launches smart electric bus system

First electric bus in Alexandria- Press photoCAIRO - 11 November 2019: The Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) announced on Monday launching the smart electric bus system, where e-payment will be possible through a coalition including AOI, Wanxiang, United Investment Group, Mwasalat Misr S.A.E., and other companies operating in the sector of smart solutions.The launching ceremony was attended by Minister of Military Production Mohamed al-Assar, Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad, Minister of Industry and Trade Amr Nassar, Minister of Transportation Kamel al-Wazir, and Minister of Public Business Sector Hesham Tawfik, in addition to AOI Chairman Abdel Moneim al-Taras, the Chinese ambassador to Egypt and governors of Cairo, South Sinai, Red Sea, and Port Said.In February, Alexandria started the pilot operation of the first electric bus. In July, Minister Assar and Minister Shaarawy met with officials from China's Foton Motor to discuss a venture to jointly manufacture electric buses.Foton officials reviewed potentials of the buses that should be manufactured in Egypt based on a signed contract. Foton Motor is currently exporting electric buses to Egypt, taking into consideration the factors of operation and environment.The National Authority for Military Production previously signed an MoU with SSE and Marathon International Limited to build a factory that manufactures electric vehicle charging stations, and recycles batteries.The CEO of SSE expressed desire in cooperating with the Ministry of Military Production’s affiliate companies for its qualified labor and advanced production lines, saying his company would share the latest technology in the sector with the ministry with the aim of exporting to African and Arab markets.

Source:Egypt Today

November 11, 2019 12:46 UTC


1K literacy classes to be inaugurated in Sohag in November

Classrooms in countries around the world - Business InsiderCAIRO - 11 November 2019: Sheikh Ali Tayfour, undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf in Sohag, said on Sunday that the ministry aims to open in November more than 1,000 literacy classes in mosques to teach reading and writing.This comes within the framework of the joint cooperation between Sohag Endowments Directorate and Sohag Literacy and Adult Education Authority to activate the protocol signed between them.Tayfour told Egypt Today that the imams will teach the illiterate to read and write in mosques.He pointed out that Awqaf Ministry inaugurated 1600 classes in April 2018, adding that the ministry does not spare anyeffort toservethe society and work on the elimination of phenomena that hinder its advancement.In June 2018, Egypt’s Ministry Of Local Development announced targeting the elimination of illiteracy in Egypt, along with raising Egyptians' capabilities in the next three years. The ministry affirmed working toward achieving the zero percent of illiteracy goal in Egypt.In 2014, Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization (CAPMAS) and Statistics announced that over a quarter of the Egyptian population is illiterate; 18.5 percent of males and 33.6 percent of females cannot read or write.According to the World’s Women 2015 report, published every five years, 781 million adults over the age of 15 are illiterate; more than 496 million of them (two thirds) are women. In Egypt alone, women and girls constitute 10,469,330 of the illiterate population, compared to 7,596,425 males.A more recent study by CAPMAS published in 2017 places illiteracy at 20.1 percent in Egypt, or 14.3 million individuals, with women forming 9.1 million of the total number. Women constitute almost 64 percent of the total number of Egyptians above the age 9 who can’t read or write.According to Egypt’s 2030 vision published by the Ministry of Planning, illiteracy is expected to fall to the minimum percent in the coming years.

Source:Egypt Today

November 11, 2019 11:46 UTC


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