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Des associations égyptiennes à l'étranger sollicitées pour l'envoi de fonds supplémentaires en Egypte afin de relancer l'économie du pays.

Des associations égyptiennes à l'étranger sollicitées pour l'envoi de fonds supplémentaires en Egypte afin de relancer l'économie du pays. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
By sending funds to their families and investing in Egypt, Egyptian expats are helping revive the economy and offset the setbacks of recent years, experts say.

 

A group called "Egyptians in Kuwait" in late January launched a "Help your country even while you are away" initiative, which aims to raise the amount of bank transfers from Egyptians living in Kuwait into Egypt.

This initiative comes after reports from the Central Bank of Egypt revealed an $821 million decrease in remittances from Egyptian expatriates abroad from July-September of 2013, in comparison to the same period the previous year.

Egyptian remittances are among the most significant source of currency entering the country, along with revenues from the Suez Canal and the tourism industry, which is struggling due to security conditions causing many countries to issue advisories against traveling to Egypt.

Osama Galal was instrumental in the launch of the "Help your country even while you are away" initiative, which kicked off in Kuwait on January 27th, a payday for many workers.

"Remittances are the best way to celebrate the [January 25th] Revolution and help Egypt increase its foreign currency reserves, instead of staging demonstrations, because it is better for Egyptians to focus on building the state and benefiting from the democratic process," he said.

The initiative has in the past two years since the revolution contributed towards increasing Egyptians' remittances, he said.

These are expected to rise in the next few years as expatriates realise transferring money to their country is a patriotic duty and a real factor in strengthening the economy, Galal said.

 
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NEGMA 2013 Annual Conference

NEGMA 2013 Annual Conference | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

NEGMA 2013 - 2nd annual conference held on March 23-24 at the MIT Media Lab, Boston, USA.

Come meet 10 Finalists competing to make Egypt a better place.  10 projects, 2 keynotes, 3 panels, 2 seminars, 1 diaspora forum ...

 

Speakers:  Farouk elBaz and Mohamed el Sawy; share their visions on how to promote social development in Egypt, enjoy Ahmed elHaggar singing for Egypt and vote for one of 10 projects competing for a better Egypt.

 

 

 

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Nadine Barbier - Portrait pour les Trophées des Français de l'étranger

Expatriée au pays des pharaons, Nadine Barbier, chef d’entreprise de 61 ans, porte haut les couleurs de la France.

En 2007, elle crée un cabinet de conseil d’études de marché, de négociation et d’export pour des entreprises égyptiennes NAOS Marketing. Sa société compte aujourd’hui quelques 750 collaborateurs. Son objectif ? Faire bénéficier les entreprises françaises de son expertise technique et de terrain. Mais tout ne se passe pas comme prévu, et la crise financière qui s’abat sur l’Europe en 2008 l’oblige à réorienter son activité. « La crise nous a privé de nos clients français » explique-t-elle. L’année suivante, elle fait signer ses premiers clients égyptiens, non sans mal.

Dès lors, l’entreprise prospère et Nadine Barbier se concentre sur une démarche qualité, privilégiant le respect du client, la transparence, la formation, le mérite, la parité et la diversité. Ces codes, très éloignés de ceux en vogue en Egypte, elle en a fait son cheval de bataille. « La qualité est notre maître-mot. Cette notion, considérée ici comme un luxe, nous la proposons à des prix égyptiens, tout en respectant les meilleurs standards français » explique-t-elle. Elle ajoute : « Dans une société où la hiérarchie est bien souvent rigide, le management paternaliste, et où, il faut bien l’avouer, le clientélisme et la corruption sont endémiques, j’ai décidé d’appliquer une politique de la porte ouverte et de la transparence. »

 Adolescente, elle vit pendant 6 ans à Alger. De retour en France, elle sort diplômée d’une grande école de commerce et s’oriente vers l’enseignement, en France, mais aussi au Liban, en Palestine, en Jordanie, en Algérie, au Maroc, au Soudan, puis en Egypte. Elle crée ainsi un Executive MBA, fruit d’une collaboration avec l’ESC Rennes et l’Académie Arabe. Fine connaisseuse du monde arabe et particulièrement de l’Egypte, elle pilote un projet de développement financé par la commission européenne, en faveur des institutions égyptiennes exportatrices. Le projet abouti, trois ans après, elle fonde NAOS Marketing. Aujourd’hui, auréolée de son succès, elle n’oublie pas son entourage, sa famille, ses amis et surtout ses salariés, sans qui NAOS Marketing ne serait pas ce qu’il est aujourd’hui. (Le Petit journal)


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Parliamentary elections registration for expatriates ends Monday -

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Registration for Egyptian expatriates to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections will end on Monday night.

Registration using the national ID number has been available to expatriates from 8 January 2013 until 18 February through the Higher Elections Commission website.

To be eligible for registration and voting the in elections, the voter should be 18 years old before the voters are officially called on to cast their votes, should have a national ID number, and should not be legally prevented from practicing his political rights.

The number of registered expatriates has reached 652,153 out of around three million Egyptian expatriates living or working abroad.

 

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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28 Egyptians detained in terrorism cases in Saudi Arabia, says ambassador

28 Egyptians detained in terrorism cases in Saudi Arabia, says ambassador | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

One thousand Egyptians in Saudi Arabia have been implicated in terrorist cases, with 28 currently detained pending investigations, and the rest already indicted, said Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Ahmed al-Qattan on Thursday.

“They might be extradited to Egypt to serve their sentences here,” he said, adding that Saudi laws are applied to everyone without exception, whether citizens or foreign nationals.

Qattan claimed that the 2 million-strong Egyptian community in Saudi Arabia is the “most disciplined” among foreign communities there, and that they seldom violate the law.

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Les Egyptiens organisent des manifestions contre Morsi en Allemagne

Les Egyptiens organisent des manifestions contre Morsi en Allemagne | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les Egyptiens résidant en Allemagne organiseront deux manifestations au cours de la visite du Président Morsi à Berlin ce mercredi, afin de protester contre la conjoncture économique et les évolutions sociales et politiques en Egypte depuis sa prise de fonction.(…)

Ces « expatriés » ont créé une page sur FB sur laquelle ils ont publié les détails des 2 manifestations : la 1ère serait devant l bureau de la Chancelière allemande à midi. La 2ème, étant devant  l’Ambassade égyptienne à 18h00.

Les organisateurs de la page ont indiqué que les horaires des 2 manifestations ont dû être modifiés plusieurs fois dû à l’écourtement de la durée de la visite de Morsi.


Un militant égyptien a publié sur la page (FB ?) d’Angela Merkel un message dans lequel il a souligné que le président Morsi n’avait pas tenu ses promesses au peuple égyptien, qu’il avait violé les droits des Egyptiens et qu’il n'avait pas respecté le pouvoir législatif.

Le message a ajouté que Morsi avait divisé le pays en défendant les intérêts idéologiques des partis islamiques, ce qui est très clair avec la nouvelle Constitution.

 

Traduction par Randa CHART

 

يعتزم مصريون مقيمون في ألمانيا تنظيم مظاهرتين أثناء زيارة الرئيس محمد مرسي لبرلين يوم الأربعاء، احتجاجا على ما آلت إله الأوضاع الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والسياسية في مصر منذ توليه الحكم

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Morsi calls on expats to prop up Egypt's economy

Morsi calls on expats to prop up Egypt's economy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was in the Kingdom to attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Riyadh, called on his countrymen to continue their remittances and renew their investments in Egypt.

Morsi was addressing a gathering of 350 Egyptians from various parts of the Kingdom at the Egyptian ambassador's residence in Riyadh.

Morsi contended that Egypt's economy is stable, but there is a need for an increased role of expatriates in helping the nation's economy grow.

Egyptians who had gathered in Riyadh described the meeting as historical. Their enthusiastic applause on his arrival at the venue is a reflection of the support Morsi enjoyed among the Kingdom's expatriate community.(...)

 

During the meeting, the Egyptian expatriates spoke to Morsi on various issues, especially on education where they requested the cancelation of achievement test. They said children of Egyptians abroad should receive the same treatment as their peers back home in university fees and admissions.

The minister of education reacted positively to the call and sent a message that he will visit Saudi Arabia next week to discuss education-related issues with the Egyptian community.

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The attendees also called for representation of Egyptian expatriates in the Shoura Council, and Morsi promised to look into that request when the next Shoura is constituted.

Morsi also promised the community, which had complained about poor treatment of Egyptians on arrival at sea ports, that they would "soon see a sea change in attitudes."

The president called on Egyptian expatriates to nominate representatives who could come to Egypt and discuss their issues with concerned officials.

The participants also renewed their request of opening Egyptian banks' branches in Saudi Arabia.

Morsi, while slamming some media outlets for exaggerating, said all rights of women are reserved.

On Egyptians inRiyadh prisons, Morsi revealed that out of 167 detainees, only 24 are left. He, however, said those convicted of major crimes are not included in the count.

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Egyptian Embassy in Washington opens expat voter registration

Egyptian Embassy in Washington opens expat voter registration | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian embassy in Washington, DC has opened registration for Egyptian expat voters in the US.

Starting Tuesday and continuing until 18 February, Egyptians in the US will be able to register for a database by be able to cast ballots for the next parliamentary elections, according to the High Judicial Elections Commission.

In a press release, the embassy said that the high elections commission allows voters to change their polling station from one inside Egypt to a diplomatic mission abroad, and that voters are also allowed to update their information if they're already registered in the same country or a different one.

Voters holding national ID cards are allowed to register for expatriate voting lists, provided they submit proof of residence or accomodation within the country of residence.

Edited translation from MENA (Egypt independent)

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Govt delegation headed to Libya to discuss church attack, Egyptian detainees

Govt delegation headed to Libya to discuss church attack, Egyptian detainees | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 delegation from the prosecutor's office will fly to Libya to follow up on the recent attack on an Egyptian church in Benghazi, as well as the murder of a Copt and the continued detention of Egyptians there.

The Egyptian Coptic Church in Benghazi was attacked for the second time on Thursday, marking the third time an Egyptian church in Libya was attacked in recent months. A church in Misrata was attacked in December, killing two and injuring dozens.

 

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Egyptians abroad ask NCHR to support dual citizens as MP candidates

Egyptians abroad ask NCHR to support dual citizens as MP candidates | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A group of Egyptians living abroad asked the National Council for Human Rights to support an initiative allowing residents with dual citizenship to run as candidates in the next parliament elections, reported State Television Wednesday.

The Egyptian Union in Europe, headed by Essam Abdel Samad, made the request during a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday with NCHR chief Hossam al-Gheriany, Secretary General Abdullah al-Ashaal and council member Osama Roshdy.

The group, based in London, said depriving Egyptians with dual citizenship from running in polls violated their civil and political rights. Dual citizens are currently not allowed to run for office according to the elections law.

Members added that their request is based on rights and freedoms included in the Constitution.Gheriany said the NCHR supports the idea and is also recommending the development of legislation that governs the political rights of dual citizens.

 

This text is from El-Masry El Youm

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Egyptian reportedly shot dead by Saudi police

Egyptian reportedly shot dead by Saudi police | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A Beni Suef resident was shot dead by police in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The family of the victim, Mohamed Ramadan Abdel Hafez, said he was shot in the course of an ID check. He was then transferred to a hospital, where he passed away.

Fifteen Egyptians protested in front of the hospital, clashing with security guards there when they were banned from entering, the family said.

The victim's uncle, Mahmoud Abdel Hafez, said his nephew's friends called him from Saudi Arabia to inform him that Abdel Hafez was in the intensive care unit and that they were not allowed to visit him before he passed away.

 

This text is from El-Masry El Youm

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649,000 Egyptian expats registered in elections database

649,000 Egyptian expats registered in elections database | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The number of Egyptian expatriates registered in the High Judicial Elections Committee online database to participate in the next parliamentary elections has risen to 649,000.

The Foreign Ministry had opened registration on 8 January, and it will close on 18 February.

Saudi Arabia still has the highest number of Egyptians living abroad, with 300,000 names, followed by Kuwait with 125,000, the United Arab Emirates with 65,000, Qatar and the US with 29,000 each, and Canada with 12,000.

About 586,000 Egyptians living abroad were eligible to vote in the last referendum on the country’s proposed draft constitution in December.

Former presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali had announced in January that parliamentary elections would be held in April.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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Second stage of ‘Nation House’ programme for Egyptian expats launched

The programme will sell and distribute some 5,000 plots of land to Egyptian expats.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities has launched the second stage of its “Nation House” programme which will sell and distribute land to Egyptians living abroad throughout the coming year.

Khaled Abbas, logistics aid to the minister of housing, said that the amount of land up for discussion included nearly 5,000 plots of land in five cities which took part in the programme’s first stage, which saw the sale of 7,685 plots of land.

He added that the second stage would begin once the country’s political and economic situation stabilised, either after the upcoming parliamentary elections for Egypt’s House of Representatives, or later during the second half of the year. Lands from the first stage of the programme are set to be distributed in December 2013.

The cities that took part in the programme’s first stage included New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed, and 6thof October, in addition to coastal cities such as New Damietta which would be used to construct farmhouse chalets. (Daily News Egypt)

 

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Manpower Ministry Provides 46.700 Job Opportunities In KSA

Manpower Ministry Provides 46.700 Job Opportunities In KSA | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian Minister of Manpower and Immigration, Khaled Al Azhary, has received a report from the labor advisor at the Egyptian Embassy to Saudi Arabia about all the conditions of the Egyptian labor in Jeddah during 2012, in the framework of the ministry's following up the interior and exterior Egyptian labor.

The report elucidated that about 46.700 permanent job opportunities in the Saudi market had been provided, as to 16.788 jobs had been renewed, and 1498 complaints out of 1650 ones resolved.

The Egyptian labor office in Jeddah in 2012 restored the dues and compensations, amounted to 1610026 Saudi Riyal, to the Egyptian labor, finished the procedures of 2694 Egyptians and resolving the problems of them; besides replying to 1319 complaints received from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The minister called on the advisor to always visit the work locations amid the workers to know their problems and resolve them immediately.

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Egyptian expat remittances reach US$19 bn in 2012

Egyptian expat remittances reach US$19 bn in 2012 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Total remittances from Egyptian expats increased to US$19 billion in 2012, a $4 billion increase from 2011, according to Central Bank statistics.
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“Day after day Egyptians abroad practically prove their love for Egypt and the strong bonds that bind them, (..) a love that rise above personal interests, party affiliations and presidential or ministerial links,” Ayman Ali, the president's advisor for Egyptians abroad, said in a statement Saturday.

Ali added that total remittances within the last six months have reached $9.1 billion, which is a $1.1 billion increase from the same period in 2011. Remittances from July to December 2011 totaled about $8 billion. Ali also claimed that total remittances reached $1.4 billion in December 2012 alone, a figure he said was the result of intense campaigning by expat Egyptian groups to encourage Egyptians abroad to send money back.
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