Egypt signs contract with Plasser to upgrade railways

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Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly signed on Tuesday a supply and maintenance contract with Austria’s Plasser & Theurer Company-Ministry of Transportation

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly signed on Tuesday a supply and maintenance contract with Austria’s Plasser & Theurer Company-Ministry of Transportation

CAIRO – 7 August 2018: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly signed on Tuesday a supply and maintenance contract with Austria’s Plasser & Theurer Company to provide Egypt with a Track Recording Car EM100U to measure and analyze defects in Egypt’s railway system and upgrade it.

The signing was attended by Transport Minister Hisham Arafat, Head of the Railway Authority Ashraf Raslan, and Plasser’s regional manager Wolfgang Waldner.

In this regard, Madbouly confirmed that signing the contract comes as part of the major steps taken by the government to promote the railway service and scale up the safety of Egypt’s railway.

He referred that the total cost of the contract is € 6.8 million, including the required spare parts, and a contract to maintain tracks for five years.

He added that the new track recording car is one of the most developed trucks in the geometry measuring system, which will replace the old tracks owned by the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) for 40 years.

He further explained that the car uses ultrasound and video recordings to detect tracks and rails’ flaws and analyze the recorded data to give reports and set plans for the railway’s maintenance and renovations to achieve the necessary safety requirements.

In the same context, Waldner expressed his thanks to Egypt’s Railway Authority, stressing that the company will put the contract’s items into effect at the agreed dates.

The train accidents that occurred in the last few years incurring many deaths and injuries had made the need for developing railways in Egypt a fundamental necessity that cannot be further postponed, triggering experts and parliamentarians to propose solutions for preventing frequent accidents.

Hence, the government has stepped up several railway investments to improve its safety. To implement its 2018 plans of developing new tracks, the ERA will purchase 1,300 rail carriages.

As a part of the efforts exerted to improve railway in Egypt, the ERA issued an international tender in November to choose the company that will manufacture and supply 1,300 rail carriages. This will support and develop both passengers and goods transportation.

Around 12 international companies were invited to this tender, as seven companies should submit their offers before December 20. Offers were made in the tender by companies from Russia, Hungary, China, Italy and Spain to manufacture and provide the carriages. The carriages should be delivered 40 months after signing the contract.

In addition, due to the old locomotives of the ENR fleet, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has delivered a €290 million financing to supply 100 locomotives to provide the customers with higher quality services.

Furthermore, EBRD will help ENR provide technical assistance support to develop and implement a comprehensive freight reform program to separate the freight operations from trains transporting people.

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport and a coalition of Chinese firms signed on August 8, 2017, an agreement worth $1.24 billion to build a light rail transit in new districts around Cairo.
In July 2017, ENR signed $575 million deal with U.S.-based General Electric to supply 100 new locomotives for both passengers and freight rail services and refurbish 81 old engines. The dealincludes a 15-year technical support agreement and technical training program for more than 275 engineers and technicians to improve their capabilities and technical skills.

In October 2017, Arafat declared during a press conference that Egypt will purchase 1,000 new trains worth LE 16 billion ($9 billion) to develop the old railway system, adding that he expects that the upgrade project will be finalized in 2020 to 2022.


Source :  Egypt Today

Egypt’s cabinet approves law to protect personal data of citizens

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Communications Minister Amr Talaat announced that the Cabinet has approved, during its weekly meeting on Tuesday, a law that would better protect the personal data of citizens.

The minister said in a press conference held on Tuesday that the law requires the data operator to get the consent from the information’s owner before trading, analyzing or exploiting the data.

According to Talaat, executive regulations of the law will be issued to improve its implementation after the Council of State and then the House of Representatives discuss it.

The law sets out a list of financial sanctions and aims to comply with international laws, such as the European Union’s to attract foreign investment. It focuses also on the protection of the personal data of citizens and regulates its use, Talaat explained.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source :  Egypt Independent

Alexandria to receive first electric bus in a few days: official

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Khalid Elaiwa, Chairman of the General Authority for Passenger Transport in Alexandria, announced that the city will receive it’s first electric bus from China within days. It will be admitted into service on the Alexandria Corniche Road, he added.

Elaiwa said that the Chinese bus manufacturer made the first bus and sent it on the way to Alexandria. According to Elaiwa, the new electrified bus carries 90 passengers, is air-conditioned, and has WiFi service and a wheelchair for people with special needs at the back door.

The bus is environmentally friendly and does not produce noise or pollution. It is estimated at LE4 million, and it’s maximum speed is 80 km/h and an engine capacity of 300 kW, equaling 430 horsepower, he added.

It operates using a battery that takes between 3 to 4 hours to be recharged. The battery allows the bus to move for 250 km without air-conditioning and 210 km with air conditioning on.

Egypt also contracted with Ukraine for a supply of 15 modern trams.

Chairman of the Public Transport Authority revealed that a committee from the authority will visit Ukraine within a few days to inspect the first tram manufactured by Ukraine out of 15 trams, at a total cost of US$17.5 million, before shipping it to Alexandria.

The speed of the tram can reach 75 kilometers per hour, the vehicles are air-conditioned and have WiFi and GPS services. It can transfer 140 passengers a time, according to Elaiwa.

The tram units use advanced technology for traffic control and are specially designed to operate in Alexandria’s narrow street curves, he said.

The General Authority for Passenger Transport signed a contract in January to supply 15 buses, working with electricity with China’s BYD company. Alexandria will be the first city in Egypt and the Middle East to operate electric buses.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source :  Egypt Independent

Egypt’s Sisi receives Abu Dhabi Crown Prince in Cairo, hold talks

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in Cairo on Tuesday where he was warmly greeted upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The two will hold talks discussing means of enhancing bilateral relations as well as the latest developments on some regional issues of common concern in the light of the strong and brotherly ties between the two countries and the two peoples.

Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency Bassam Rady on Tuesday praised Egyptian-UAE relations “lasting over several decades”. Rady said that the bond between the two countries has been special since the time of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

“Sheikh Zayed has a special place for the Egyptian people for his noble historical position towards Egypt, which has been extended so far by their the current rulers of the UAE,” Rady said.

Egypt and the UAE have a concrete economic and political relationship which have developed after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gained power in 2013, as the UAE offered substantial financial support to Egypt.

According to latest indices, Egypt’s exports to UAE jumped during the first half of 2017-2018 FY reaching $1.204 billion compared to $1.126 billion during the same period of 2016, marking a seven percent increase.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source :  Egypt Independent

Suez Canal revenues hit $15.8 billion in past 3 years: Mamesh

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The Suez Canal has made revenues of US$15.8 billion – equivalent to LE219 billion – in the past three years, according to Head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamesh.

Mohesh announced the figure at Monday’s ceremony of the third anniversary of the inauguration of the New Suez Canal by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in Ismailia.

He stated that 52,199 vessels have crossed the Suez Canal in this period, with a total load of 3.01 billion tons.

Mamesh predicted that by 2023, Egypt will have doubled its Suez Canal income from its current amount. He alluded to the New Suez and Egypt’s “victory against terrorism” as important steps in the development of Northeast Egypt.

He noted that global trade movement is now flowing “from East to West”, which necessitates passing through the Suez Canal. There has therefore been a larger demand for the crucial waterway to accept not only a larger quantity of ships, but larger sizes, as major shipping lines compete to manufacture the largest vessels.

Mamesh proclaimed that in the past year, the Suez Canal has shown its readiness to receive the largest and newest ships in the world.

Mahesh presented a review of development projects to connect the two banks of the Suez in all three governorates of the Canal, in order to facilitate the transfer of citizens and the service of other projects. The Suez Canal Authority will operae 36 ferryboats, working on eight axes along the canal.

The Suez Canal is the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, and is among the Egyptian government’s main sources of foreign currency.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm



Source :  Egypt Independent

Portugal to receive 400 refugees based in Cairo

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Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host a number of refugees currently residing in the country, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday. As a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the issue, Portugal offered to host 400 refugees in the years 2018 and …

Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host a number of refugees currently residing in the country, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

As a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the issue, Portugal offered to host 400 refugees in the years 2018 and 2019, in cooperation and coordination with local authorities and the UNHCR.

The statement came in response to queries from a number of diplomatic reporters about the news circulated about the possibility of Portugal receiving refugees residing in Egypt.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid said that the fruitful cooperation with Portugal comes within the framework of the institutional dialogue between Egypt and the European Union on migration, and the efforts made by Egypt with the EU to resettle a number of refugees living in Egypt.

A meeting in Cairo between Egypt and the EU in December 2017 resulted in creating a framework and a general programme of cooperation, which included the recommendation of the European countries to resettle a number of refugees residing in Egypt in recognition of the responsibility and burdens borne by hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The UK, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands have resettled hundreds of refugees in implementation of these recommendations and to activate the existing cooperation programme.

In Egypt, there are a total of 227,077 refugees and asylum seekers of 58 different nationalities currently registered with the UNHCR Egypt, according to the latest numbers from May 2018.


Source :  Daily News Egypt

Coupe du Cameroun de football : des « grands » tombent

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Huit clubs professionnels d’Elite One et Two ont quitté la compétition au stade des 1/32es de finale le week-end dernier.

La sensation du week-end écoulé est, à n’en point douter, à mettre à l’actif de Soleil de Garoua. Le club évoluant en deuxième division régionale du Nord s’est payé le scalp de Bamboutos de Mbouda, le prochain représentant du Cameroun à la Coupe de la Confédération CAF.

Une victoire de prestige acquise sur un score étriqué (1-0). Un coup d’éclat des divisionnaires dont ont été aussi victimes Yafoot et Aigle de la Menoua. Les deux formations fraîchement reléguées en Elite Two ont été respectivement dominées par Red Star de Bafoussam (0-0, 4-5 aux t.a.b.) et Sahel de Maroua (1-2).

Eemsa de Tiko et Dragon de Yaoundé n’ont pas pu se départager à la fin du temps réglementaire avec un but inscrit par chacun des deux protagonistes. C’est aux tirs au but que les garçons du Sud-Ouest prendront le dessus sur l’équipe de Yaoundé 4-2. Fédéral du Noun, Kohi Fc de Maroua et Foudre d’Akonolinga, loin de leur notoriété d’antan, se sont imposés  face à des équipes d’Elite Two : respectivement Bang Bullet (1-0), As Etoa Meki (1-0) et Cosmos du Mbam (3-2).

Le récent dernier de la classe en Elite Two, Ngaoundéré University Fc, s’est aussi incliné 2-0 dans le derby l’opposant aux Amis de Ngaoundéré.

Pour le reste, la plus large victoire est à mettre à l’actif du champion du Cameroun 2018, Coton sport de Garoua, (6-1) face à Sagaie Fc. Le vainqueur 2017 de la Coupe du Cameroun, New stars de Douala, reste en course après son succès (3-0) sur Gazelle de Garoua.

Ça passe également pour la plupart des cadors d’Elite One et d’Elite Two. Sur les 64 matchs programmés le week-end dernier, seul Juventus de Yokadouma n’a pas répondu à l’appel.

Une belle offrande pour Feutcheu Fc qui passe sans jouer. 31 matchs ont été disputés pour un total de 81 buts. Le tirage au sort des 1/16e de finale est prévu ce mardi au siège de la Fecafoot à Tsinga.


Star Building: PM Yang Receives Freed Buea Chiefs

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Four of the seven abducted but later on freed traditional rulers were at the Prime Minister’s Office on August 3, 2018.

Traditional rulers of the Bakweri Clan in Buea Subdivision who were freed on July 30, 2018 night have the assurance and comfort of government as the Prime Minister, Head of  Government, Philemon Yang received them at the Star Building  in Yaounde on August 3, 2018. Four of the freed chiefs were accompanied to the Prime Minister’s Office by the Minister of Territorial Administration,  Paul Atanga Nji  and the Mayor of Buea Council, Patrick Ekema.
The four traditional rulers were Njoke Johnson Njombe of Wokaka Village who was in abduction for three weeks; Ikome Philip Mokwa of Wokeka Village two weeks; Herman Njumbe of Wokwei Village two weeks two days in abduction and Elinge Thomas Ndotoh Ekinde of Ewili Village who spent 16 days in abduction.
The Mayor of  Buea Council, Patrick Ekema Esunge who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers  said he invested much time and energy  for the release of the traditional rulers who were abducted by unidentified gunmen because, “The first role of the mayor  is to ensure social peace within his municipality.” He further said that when the traditional rulers were abducted, “We rallied forces to see how we could bring our traditional rulers out of the torture we hear they were going through.” As the way forward, Mayor Ekema said, “We have to multiply our efforts to ensure that there is sanity, peace and that the phenomenon of abductions is eradicated from the municipality.”  While mobilizing the population, he said, “I keep on telling my population to beat away the aspect of fear. My message is that we should beat out that aspect of fear and stand like one and indivisible people.”



Gestion des réfugiés: une mission americaine à l’Est

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Ses membres ont échangé avec les réfugiés centrafricains et les autorités locales, pendant leur séjour, les 5 et 6 août 2018.

Le gouverneur de l’Est, Grégoire Mvongo a reçu hier en audience, des membres de l’administration du Congrès américain en séjour dans la région. Les échanges avec ces hôtes de marque ont notamment porté sur les secteurs de l’éducation, de la santé, de l’économie et de la gestion des réfugiés.

Sur ce dernier point, les parties prenantes ont évoqué la collaboration du HCR avec le gouvernement camerounais, le travail des autres ONG sur le terrain, mais aussi la problématique sécuritaire. La veille dimanche, Joan O’Donnell Condon, chef de mission et son équipe ont effectué une descente sur le terrain, dans le camp de réfugiés de Gado Badzere, dans l’arrondissement de Garoua-Boulaï.

Ce camp a été ouvert le 1er mars 2014 et accueille environ 25 000 réfugiés. Il couvre une superficie de 55 hectares et est subdivisé en 11 secteurs. Le camp de Gado Badzere fait face à de nombreux défis sur le terrain, notamment sur le plan de l’éducation, avec la faible capacité d’accueil des établissements scolaires existants, l’insuffisance des enseignants ; au plan sanitaire, on note l’accès insuffisant aux soins de santé de qualité pour les réfugiés et les populations d’accueil.

Ce, alors que les moyens de subsistance sont aussi en diminution. Après la région de l’Est, les membres du congrès  américain s’envolent ce mardi pour Bangui en République centrafricaine.


Bientôt la fin du suspense

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Plus qu’une question d’heures, et les 28 candidats qui ont postulé pour accéder à la magistrature suprême du Cameroun seront fixés sur leur sort. Le Conseil électoral d’Elections Cameroon (Elecam) aura en effet décidé de maintenir le suspense jusqu’au bout dans le cadre de la publication de la liste des candidats devant prendre part à l’élection du 7 octobre 2018.

Les partis politiques et les personnalités ayant choisi de se présenter comme candidats indépendants à cette élection retiennent donc leur souffle, suspendus qu’ils sont aux conclusions que va rendre l’équipe des 18 membres du Conseil électoral conduite par Enow Abrams Egbe.

Au sortir de cette échéance – au plus tard demain – il n’est pas inutile de souligner que le processus devrait connaître une accélération, tant au niveau des candidats qui vont désormais se lancer dans les préparatifs de la suite des opérations devant conduire à leur participation à l’élection, qu’au niveau de l’organisme chargé de l’organisation, de la gestion et de la supervision du processus électoral, à travers la direction générale des

Elections qui devrait ainsi avoir les coudées plus franches pour la préparation de la suite du processus, tant en ce qui concerne la fabrication du matériel électoral que des différentes autres opérations qu’elle aura à mener pour une organisation sereine de ce scrutin.

La publication de cette liste de candidats retenus verra entrer en scène une autre institution : le Conseil constitutionnel. En effet, celui-ci sera amené à connaître des réclamations des candidats ou partis politiques non retenus qui auront des recours à y déposer.

Et même, ces recours peuvent également concerner la contestation d’une candidature retenue par le Conseil électoral, comme le prévoient les dispositions de la loi portant Code électoral. Il convient dès lors de rappeler à l’attention des éventuels requérants qu’ils ne disposeront que de deux jours suivant la publication des candidatures pour saisir le Conseil constitutionnel.

Entrée en activités lors des sénatoriales du 25 mars 2018, la dernière-née des institutions camerounaises va donc gérer le processus qui va conduire à la désignation du président de la République au soir du 7 octobre prochain.

Sa saisine au lendemain de la publication de la liste des candidats par le Conseil électoral ne devrait nullement arrêter le processus devant conduire à ce scrutin. Toutefois, les « heureux élus » devront encore attendre septembre prochain pour rentrer définitivement en campagne.