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Egypte : La préoccupante hausse des prix

Voilà désormais plus de deux ans que l'Egypte est en pleine mutation politique. Un changement qui affecte son économie. L'inflation galopante pèse de plus en plus sur les égyptiens et le poids des dépenses pour les produits de première nécessité, ne cesse de s'alourdir.

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LATEST NEWS : Egypt struggles with food crisis

CNN's reports on the country's food crisis and government efforts to control rising costs

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Food price inflation rises to 8.2 % in Egypt

Food price inflation rises to 8.2 % in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), food price inflation in Egypt rose up to 8.2 percent on an annual basis in January 2013 and 2.7 percent on a monthly basis.

The Bureau of Statistics released figures on Sunday stating that the consumer price inflation rose up to 6.6 percent on an annual basis and 1.8 percent on a monthly basis.

It reported that the consumer price inflation in the cities rose to 6.3 percent on an annual basis in January 2013 from 4.7 percent in the previous month, and on a monthly basis record inflation of 1.7 percent compared with 0.2 percent in December.

The annual inflation rate for consumer prices in the countryside rose up to 6.9 percent and two percent monthly.

Meanwhile, the government had advised the citizens “not to over-eat,” according to a local newspaper.

It is worth mentioning that prices hikes were one of the reasons that instigated an uprising in 2011.

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya
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Sawiris Foundation announces winners of its Eighth Cultural Prize

Sawiris Foundation announces winners of its Eighth Cultural Prize | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development announced winners of its Eighth Cultural Prize in a ceremony at the Cairo Opera House Saturday evening. The jury received 446 submissions this year across the different categories: 105 novels, 87 short-story collections, 158 screenplays and 96 plays. For the next prize, a literary criticism award will be added to the competition.

Ibrahim Farghali won the Best Novel Award (which comes along with LE100,000) in the Established Authors category for his 2009 novel “Children of Gebelawi.” The novel, published by Dar al-Ain, takes Naguib Mahfouz’s iconic “Children of the Alley” as its starting point to imagine a world without literature. Author and critic Youssef Rakha previously described Farghali as “among the most prolific novelists of his generation. In his devotion to the genre and his formal conservatism, he is perhaps the worthiest heir to Mahfouz.”

 

The Best Collection of Short Stories Award for Established Writers went to Ibrahim Dawoud for his 2011 “The Atmosphere.” Through its 38 short stories, the collection published by Dar Merit draws portraits of Cairo’s cultural workers. Dawoud also received LE100,000 as a monetary award.

 

In the Emerging Authors category, for writers younger than 40, Yasser Ahmed received the first prize, LE40,000, for his novel “Reverse Course,” while “The Tango Dancer” by Mohamed Salem and “Visual Cadres” by Mohamed Mahmoud Ghitani split the second prize of LE30,000.

Mohammad Rafie won first place, with an award of LE40,000, in the short-story category for “The Splendor of Water.” In second place came Amira Hassan al-Desoki for her short story “Stop It, Youssef,” and Mohamed Farouk for “The Qasr al-Nil Cinema.” Winners of the first and second prizes in the Short Story Competition for Emerging Authors received LE40,000, and LE30,000 respectively.

The Best Screenplay Award for Established Writers (LE100,000) went to “My State” by Khaled Ezzat, and in the emerging screenwriters category, it went to “The Capital of Hell” by Mohamed Amin Rady, who received LE80,000.

 

Playwright Ibrahim al-Husseini received the Established Playwrights Award for “The Potheads,” and “The Defeats of the Knights” by Selim Kitchener Istawrou came in second. They received LE100,000 and LE50,000, respectively.

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Since its establishment in 2005, the Sawiris Cultural Prize has presented awards for excellence to Egyptian authors, screenwriters and playwrights with the aim of activating the literary movement in the country and encouraging artistic creativity and the emergence of new talents

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Le Ministre de la Planification: « 150 litres d’essence par voiture de 1600cc par mois »

Le Ministre de la Planification: « 150 litres d’essence par voiture de 1600cc par mois » | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le Ministre de la Planification et de la Coopération International, Ashraf El Arabi, a confirmé qu’à partir d’avril prochain, chaque véhicule de 1600cc (privé et taxi) aura droit à 150 litres d’essence par mois, et moins pour les véhicules moins puissants.

Il a également ajouté qu’effectivement les prix du gaz naturel avaient récemment augmenté mais que ceux du fuel restent inchangés.

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أكد أشرف العربى وزير التخطيط والتعاون الدولى، أنه بداية من شهر إبريل المقبل سيخصص 150 لتر بنزين شهرياً للسيارات 1600 سى سى وأقل للسيارات الخاصة والأجرة.

وأضاف وزير التخطيط والتعاون الدولى خلال حواره مع برنامج "القاهرة اليوم"، والذى يقدمه الإعلاميان عمرو أديب وضياء رشوان، أنه بالفعل حدث زيادة فى أسعار الغاز الطبيعى خلال الفترة الماضية، ولكن أسعار السولار لم يتم المساس بها.

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US State Department gives Samira Ibrahim courage award

US State Department gives Samira Ibrahim courage award | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

US Secretary of State John Kerry will honor on 10 women on Friday including Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend as a special guest at the U.S. Department of State.

In a statement on Tuesday, the State Department’s award “recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.”

Ibrahim became known after taking the government to court over so-called "virginity tests." She was amoung seven women subjected by the Egyptian military to this abuse in March 2011 after they were detained during a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Ibrahim is the coordinator of the Know Your Rights movement, which works to raise political awareness and advocate for women’s rights in Upper Egypt.

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The awardees of the year include women from across the globe. Ibrahim will be one of two women from the Middle East to be honored, the other being Razan Zeitunah, a Syria human rights lawyer and actively involved in the country’s uprising.

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/us-state-department-gives-samira-ibrahim-courage-award

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In near future, experts see a wave of drastic price raises

In near future, experts see a wave of drastic price raises | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As the country’s economic crisis continues to administer its blistering effects on businesses and consumers, industry insiders and experts are saying the country still has yet to bear the brunt of an economic downturn that has no real relief in sight.

If the government continues down its current path, and hopes for loans from international foreign institutions remain unattainable, such as Egypt’s US$4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, experts have repeatedly warned that the situation will become drastically worse. When it does, they predict the real effect of the crisis will come in a tsunami of price increases that could spark social unrest.

A net importer of food and consumer goods, Egypt relies heavily on foreign supplies imports to feed its growing population.

But retail and import sources are warning that the ongoing devaluation of the pound will lead to large price raises in the immediate future, especially those of imported products. These price raises, experts say, will shock the Egyptian economy and drive it into further crisis. (Egypt independent)

 

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/near-future-experts-see-wave-drastic-price-raises

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Price hikes for food, medicine

Price hikes for food, medicine | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The overall index of food prices went up by 1 percent last week, said Osama Sultan of the Federation of Egypt Chambers of Commerce (FECC).

“Prices of rice went up 14 percent, and poultry 15 percent,” he noted.

Yasser al-Shazly, an economic researcher, attributed the rise in poultry prices to a rise in the price of feed, and to bad weather conditions.

An FECC report said several medications have also gone up in price due to the dollar rising by 12 percent against the Egyptian pound, which affects the cost of imported raw material.

The report added that there is a shortage of 100 types of medicines. (Egypt independent)

 

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/price-hikes-food-medicine

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L’Égypte face à la flambée des prix

L’Égypte face à la flambée des prix | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La baisse des revenus et les hausses de prix rend la vie des Égyptiens de plus en plus difficile. C’est ce qu’affirment plusieurs études et statistiques officielles qui viennent d’être publiées à l’occasion de la fin 2012. Ainsi, du gaz au poulet, et même les pâtes, les prix ont connu une culbute. Mais un produit affiche une baisse spectaculaire : le Viagra.

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Par Alexandre Buccianti

 

L’année 2012 est à marquer d’une pierre noire. Selon l’Office central des statistiques, les prix ont augmenté de 4,5% en moyenne, tandis que les revenus du ménage moyen ont baissé de 11,4%.

Mais c’est le mois de décembre qui a été le plus calamiteux. Le gouvernement a levé une partie des subventions sur l’électricité et le gaz. Plus 10% sur la facture, et 34% si vous utilisez le butane comme les trois-quarts des Egyptiens.

Pour ce qui est de se nourrir, la situation n’est guerre meilleure : plus 10% sur la viande, le poisson, les produits laitiers et les pâtes, mais plus 21% pour le poulet. De quoi vous rendre malade. Mais attention, cela risque de vous coûter très cher.

Se faire ausculter par un médecin a augmenté de 42% tandis qu’une trentaine de médicaments essentiels ont doublé de prix et que près de 300 autres ont disparu du marché en attendant une hausse.

La seule bonne nouvelle concerne les hommes et les cardiologues : le prix du Viagra a baissé de 70% tandis que des succédanés aux origines douteuses se vendent à moins d’un euro.

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