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Brotherhood Marks January 25 Uprising Anniversary With Development Drive

Brotherhood Marks January 25 Uprising Anniversary With Development Drive | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Only three days away from the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood has launched a campaign dubbed 'Building Egypt Together.' At a press conference in central Cairo on Tuesday, the group's secretary-general, Mahmoud Hussein, provided details of the initiative.

"Three central projects will be implemented nationwide, in addition to several projects on the provincial level," Hussein said.(...)

The campaign, which is set to continue until 5 February, incorporates a variety of projects. One key initiative will be to provide free health services to one million Egyptians, renovate 2,000 governmental schools and alleviate hardship by providing subsidised produce. Another initiative, highlighted by Ezzat, will aim to provide one million apartments. Eight-hundred NGOs will work nationwide to achieve these goals, 20 of which will be located inCairo," said Ezzat.

FJP Secretary-General Hussein Ibrahim invited all interested parties, NGOs and civil society representatives to gather at the party'sCairoheadquarters on 5 February to begin planning the campaign's next phase. Some critics, however, questioned the timing of the initiative.

"This initiative is useless since it only spans one month. Charity should not be undertaken simply for electoral purposes," said Zeinab Afifi, head of the National Orphans Federation. "This isn't like providing food bags to the poor during Ramadan [the Islamic fasting month]. A campaign like this needs at least one year to have any impact."

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But officials from the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated FJP stress that the new campaign is not related toEgypt's upcoming parliamentary polls.

"The campaign is not linked to the elections. The Muslim Brotherhood has been undertaking similar initiatives for the last eight years and the Egyptian people know this," MohamedSudan, the group's foreign relations secretary, stressed. He went on to describe the initiative as a "gift to the Egyptian people" in honour of the Tahrir Square uprising's second anniversary.

At one point the conference was interrupted by a boy scouts troupe that performed a well-known Egyptian patriotic song. Patriotism was a major theme of the event, with the Brotherhood eager to demonstrate its willingness to unite with all interested parties regardless of organisational allegiances.

"I'm not from the Brotherhood or FJP, I'm an Egyptian. I love my country and want to help build it," said Loay Abdel-Wahid, president ofAbourCity's board of trustees, who attended the event.

Zakaria wrapped up the conference by inviting interested parties to attend an initial brainstorming session next Tuesday at 12:30pm at FJP headquarters.

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Raillée, l’aide au développement européenne ?

Raillée, l’aide au développement européenne ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

L’exemple du métro du Caire, fierté égyptienne et réussite européenne 

 

 

A la station Sadate, le métro arrive. Comme tout au long des 65 km de ligne de métro du Caire, on rencontre souvent parmi les 2 millions de passagers journaliers, des couples de jeunes gens venus trouver l’intimité que la rue leur refuse.

Sous le bitume, c’est tout un pan de la vie cairote qui paraît demeurer en suspens. Les soirs de manifestations, on n’entend dans la station que de vagues échos. Pendant les élections présidentielles des mois de mai et de juin 2012, il fallait franchir le barrage dressé par les Frères Musulmans à la sortie de la station Sadate pour regagner à nouveau l’air « libre » et la foule de la place Tahrir.

Ce monde souterrain n’en reste pas moins l’un des reflets de l’Egypte. Le métro du Caire, ce sont les wagons réservés aux femmes, les jeunes gens qui s’effacent systématiquement pour laisser s’asseoir les « anciens », les marchands ambulants vendant des journaux et des tubes de colle, et enfin, toute l’actualité politique égyptienne et régionale qui surgit parfois à renfort de cris et de gestes.

Pourtant, si le métro est bien ancré dans la vie quotidienne du Caire, il raconte aussi une autre histoire, celle de la coopération européenne.

 

En effet, le métro du Caire résulte d’une coordination entamée dans les années 1980 entre la France et l’Egypte, et qui permit d’apporter le soutien technique et financier à la réalisation des deux lignes existantes

 

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KFAED To Bankroll Development Projects In Egypt

KFAED To Bankroll Development Projects In Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) is one of the Arab and foreign development foundations that support all steps taken by the Egyptian government at the economic level, said International Cooperation Minister Ashraf el-Arabi in statements to Kuwait's "Al-Anbaa" newspaper.

Egypt is in need of $14.5 billion in soft foreign loans until the end of June 2013, Arabi said. Of that only 4.5 billion has been secured through an in-principle agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Egyptian government has always maintained good ties with Arab funds, Arabi said, believing this is beneficial for both sides.

Arabi said cooperation with the Kuwaiti fund amounted to a total of 2.2 billion dollars between 1964 and 2012. Egypt has since received 35 loans from Kuwait, Arabi noted.

A proposed cooperation program between 2013 and 2016 states that Kuwait provides Egypt with an annual $200 million to be used in bankrolling development projects in the sector of electricity and energy and in upgrading railways and expanding natural gas networks, Arabi told the daily.

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