President Rouhani stresses job creation in tourism

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President Rouhani stresses job creation in tourism


President Hassan Rouhani urged all the relevant organizations in Iran to help expand the tourism industry and job creation in it.

“With the considerable advancements in medical knowledge and having advanced medical centers, good opportunities for development of tourism of health and providing medical services to neighboring countries have been provided,” said President Rouhani in his cabinet session, convened on Sunday afternoon to discuss the performance of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), IRNA reported.

President Rouhani described tourism and handicrafts very important in development of employment and stressed supporting construction of affordable hotels and facilitating public transportation.

The president also underscored the role of Plan and Budget Organization (PBO), banks and funds in developing the tourism industry and maximizing the opportunities for generating employment, especially for the educated.

He also referred to the diversity and features of handicrafts in Iran, saying, “As a very important advantage, handicrafts can contribute to more employment at homes, and with regard to the significant share of women in the development of this industry, they can be a good opportunity for the employment of women and those living in rural areas.”

Iran is the third producer and the 30th exporter of handicraft products in the world.

Iran also has the most graduates in the artifact-related majors in the world.


Source : Iran-Daily

Op-ed review: State facing media criticism

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Saudi crown prince welcomed

In privately-owned Al-Shorouk newspaper, the “forces of evil,” a term used in the prosecutor general’s statement to refer to the media, was the focus of its Editor-in-chief Emad El-Din Hussein as well  journalist and member of the Press Syndicate’s board Mohamed Saad Abdel Hafiz.

Hussein said that the statement, which tasked prosecutors with monitoring the media and social media for false news or rumours, fails in its current phrasing to achieve the justified goal behind it, which is to face fake news and media which gives a platform for and supports “terrorist groups”. However, Hussein blamed the statement for using the biased above term and vagueness in ordering the arrest of “those who spread” news threatening public order, stating that there are no clear criteria of evaluation.

In a higher critical tone, Abdel Hafiz said the state went as far as calling journalists “evil” because of the nature of their job in exposing reality. To him, the state’s hostility towards the press, despite controlling and oppressing the majority of outlets, can be understood, unlike the stance of the prosecutor general, who is supposed to be the “people’s lawyer.” Abdel Hafiz said the statement “raised concerns” with regards to the independence of the press, guaranteed by the constitution, and also the objectivity of those in charge of protecting rights.

On the opposite side, Khaled Miry, editor-in-chief of state-run daily Al-Akhbar, dedicated a page about “recent incidents on the local and foreign levels which reveal a planned, systematic, and funded work aimed at insulting Egypt’s police and military.”

Those include the BBC’s report on forced disappearances, an Egyptian book offensive to the army, a Human Rights Watch report on escalation against opponents, a critical film, and “unfounded accusations” of human rights violations during the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to Miry, in Egypt, there is no intimidation, terrorisation, lies, or propaganda in the name of religion or corruption.

For political analyst Abdul Moneim Saeed, the Egyptian government changed its previous strategy when it realised it was about the political game, calling the current strategy a “resistance” plan in his piece in the private Al-Masry Al-Youm, which was successfully implemented according to him in the latest BBC controversy when the Egyptian media countered the alleged disappearance of a woman named Zubaida Ibrahim.

On a different note, in state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram, renowned journalist Amina Shafiq wrote that she would go to the ballot boxes in the upcoming presidential election, adding “but for whom will I vote? That’s between myself and my conscience.” Shafiq opined that reviving political work in Egypt and the Arab world would safeguard them from foreign interventions, giving an example on Iraq, which is still in its reconstruction phase, originally destroyed by the 2003 American invasion of it and facing a series of political failures since.

Lastly, coinciding with the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Cairo, Al-Ahram’s editorial team praised and welcomed him, asserting the he has full support from Egypt’s government and people.

“Egypt’s friend” was the description used by Emad Adeeb in Al-Watan newspaper for bin Salman, a friendship between him and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that “is further strengthened when joined by their third partner Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of the UAE.”


Source :  Daily News Egypt

58% targeted investments from private sector: Hala Al-Saeed

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Minister of Planning, Follow-up, and Administrative Reform Hala Al-Saeed said that her ministry aims to boost private sector contribution in investments to 58% of the total investment, worth EGP 980bn, during the coming fiscal year. According to the minister, the value of private investments for fiscal year 2018/2019 will be about EGP 569bn, with public …

Minister of Planning, Follow-up, and Administrative Reform Hala Al-Saeed said that her ministry aims to boost private sector contribution in investments to 58% of the total investment, worth EGP 980bn, during the coming fiscal year.

According to the minister, the value of private investments for fiscal year 2018/2019 will be about EGP 569bn, with public investments worth EGP 411bn.

She added that the contribution of the private sector to the public sector in the current financial year is 50% for each.

It is expected that the total value target by the end of June will reach EGP 756bn.


Source :  Daily News Egypt

Egypt parliament amends law to allow private sector to manage railway

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Egypt’s House of Representatives approved on Sunday a bill amending certain provisions of Law No. 152 of 1980 establishing the National Railways Authority, including allowing private actors to manage and operate the national railway network.

The amendment allows parties from outside the National Railway Authority, including ordinary citizens and legal entities, to participate along with the National Railways Authority in the management, operation, and maintenance of the railway network and equipment as well as their development and consolidation.

The amendments stipulate that those franchised shall be chosen within a framework of competition and the franchise period shall not exceed 15 years. The authorities will determine the ways of technical and financial supervision and follow-up to ensure the smooth and regular operation of the facility in question.

The rules and procedures also state that the prime minister must grant the franchise approval and specify the terms and conditions of the agreement and share it with the government, which needs to approve it.

Those franchised must maintain the facilities in place and make them usable throughout the franchise period, and all the facilities shall be transferred to the state at the end of the franchise period free of charge and in good working condition.

The bill allows the National Railways Authority to set up joint companies alone or with other partners. The shares of these companies shall be traded as soon as they are established. The employees of the Authority shall have priority in buying up to 10 percent of these shares, in order for the authority to achieve its stated purposes.

Egypt’s Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said in September the concession will be given to the private sector because the authority cannot bear the expenditures of operating all the lines, explaining that it was serving six million passengers annually in 1952, a number that has climbed to 350 million today.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

Source :  Egypt Independent

Egypt did not receive plans from Ethiopia on filling GERD: source

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Egypt did not receive any notification from Ethiopia about filling the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), an official source familiar with GERD negotiations told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the technical negotiations have been halted since political unrest broke out in Ethiopia recently after the resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the declaration of a state of emergency in the country.

The source said that Addis Ababa had asked the Sudanese side to postpone the meeting of the joint committee composed of ministers of foreign affairs, irrigation and intelligence chiefs from the three countries, which was supposed to be held on February 24 and 25 in Khartoum.

Privately-owned Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday that Ethiopia sent Egypt a plan saying that the GERD’s reservoir will be filled over a period of five years.

“Ethiopia officially handed over to Egypt the filling plan of GERD and the various scenarios through an official letter from the Ethiopian Water Minister,” Shorouk quoted Gedion Asfaw, Chair of the Ethiopian side in the tripartite committee of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, as saying.

However, the Ethiopian ambassador in Cairo Taye Atske-Selassie told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he has no information regarding the statements attributed the representative of his country in the tripartite technical committee saying that Egypt supposedly received such a plan.

According to Al-Shorouk, the Ethiopian Water Minister stressed that the letter welcomed any proposals from Egypt or Sudan while pointing out that it represented a confirmation of Ethiopia’s commitment to sharing information and plans related to the dam that does not cause any harm on Egypt and Sudan.

Relations between the three countries have recently been strained by a failure to agree on the impact that Ethiopia’s GERD project might have on the water flowing into Egypt and Sudan.

Egypt has insisted that technical studies must be done to assess the impact and have asked that the World Bank be appointed as arbitrator, while Ethiopia insists that the project will not affect the water flow to its neighbors.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source :  Egypt Independent

« Les mamans doivent se faire dépister »

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  Dr Sylvestre Fondjo, Médecin.

Les maladies du foie chez les enfants sont de plus présentes. Comment expliquer cela ?

Celles qui reviennent le plus souvent sont les ictères qui colorent les yeux et les urines en jaune. Cette récurrence chez les nouveau-nés s’explique par le fait que l’on rencontre de plus en plus des infections néonatales chez les femmes, d’où l’immaturation du foie pour remplir ses fonctions. Celles-ci consistent à voir métaboliser la plupart des nutriments absorbés par les intestins, leurs stockage, la fabrication des protéines et le nettoyage du sang en le débarrassant des médicaments, de l’alcool et des substances chimiques potentiellement nocives qu’il contient, et en traitant lesdites substances pour qu’elles puissent être excrétées par le système digestif ou l’appareil urinaire.

A quoi sont dues ces infections ?

Il y a plusieurs facteurs parmi lesquels l’automédication et les infections contractées par la mère. A cela s’ajoute les naissances prématurées. C’est pourquoi l’on conseille aux mamans de ne pas prendre de médicaments sans l’avis du médecin. L’automédication peut entraîner des conséquences fâcheuses sur le foie du bébé. C’est ce qui explique parfois la progression des ictères physiologiques qui se manifestent au bout d’une semaine de vie chez les enfants. Lors des consultations, l’on remarque que 15 à 20 % des enfants sont atteints de ces pathologies. Tout dépend du suivi de la grossesse de la mère au cours des consultations prénatales et de la prise en charge de l’accouchement qui doit se faire dans un espace approprié et  aseptique. Il faut éviter d’aller dans les centres de santé du quartier. C’est vrai que parfois, même quand on est bien suivi, on peut avoir des infections néonatales parce que la mère peut avoir une pathologie qu’elle transmet à l’enfant, à l’exemple de l’hépatite B qui est congénitale, et qui se manifeste plus chez le jeune enfant et l’adolescent.

Que faut-il faire pour les éviter ?

Nous conseillons aux mères de se faire dépister et lorsqu’on n’est déclaré négatif, il faut se faire vacciner contre l’hépatite B avant de tomber enceinte. Ceci permet de protéger l’enfant contre la transmission transversale. Dès les premiers symptômes, la maman ne doit pas attendre et doit faire consulter l’enfant puisqu’il y a des cas sévères qui se détectent à travers des signes comme l’absence de la vitalité chez l’enfant, les pleurs et plus de coloration de la peau et des yeux.