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Coronavirus – Egypt: IMF Executive Board Approves 12-month US$5.2 Billion Stand-By Arrangement for Egypt

Coronavirus – Egypt: IMF Executive Board Approves 12-month US$5.2 Billion Stand-By Arrangement for Egypt

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 27, 2020/ -- The IMF approved a 12-month Stand-by Arrangement (SBA), with total access of about US$5.2 billion to address balance of payments financing needs arising from the COVID-19. Approval of the SBA enables the immediate disbursement of about US$2 billion; The SBA will support the authorities’ efforts to preserve the macroeconomic achievements made over the past four years, and advance key structural reforms; Structural reforms will aim to continue strengthening the frameworks for public finances, improve governance and transparency, and reduce barriers to competition to ensure a path towards sustainable and inclusive private sector-led growth.The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved today a 12-month S...
Coronavirus – Egypt: U.S. supports Egypt’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus – Egypt: U.S. supports Egypt’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Egypt, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing 51 million Egyptian Pounds (or $3.2 million) to the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Egypt.  This funding will support ERC’s network of 30,000 volunteers and health professionals to conduct community outreach and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as build ERC’s capacity to respond to future crises. U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen stated, “As the entire world battles coronavirus, the United States felt it important to provide special, targeted support to Egypt to fight this pandemic. This support from the American people will assist tens of thousands of Egyptian healthcare professionals ...
Coronavirus – Egypt: UK company delivers over 40,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits to Egypt

Coronavirus – Egypt: UK company delivers over 40,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits to Egypt

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT
The UK and Egyptian government have been working hard to address the immediate medical needs of both countries by keeping essential trade flowing. In April, Egypt fulfilled an export agreement with the UK, sending shipments of medical gowns to support the UK. British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams said: "Egypt and the UK are committed to working together to tackle this global challenge. The UK government and British businesses are united in their commitment to support Egypt. That means protecting Egyptians from the impact of the virus, providing for the most vulnerable, and where possible using the crisis to make progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals". On 4 May, the UK co-hosted the Global Response Summit and raised USD8bn in pledges to combat COVI...
Coronavirus – Egypt: World Bank Provides US$ 50 million in Support of Coronavirus Emergency Response under new Fast-Track Facility

Coronavirus – Egypt: World Bank Provides US$ 50 million in Support of Coronavirus Emergency Response under new Fast-Track Facility

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT
The World Bank approved US$50 million for Egypt as an emergency response under the World Bank Group’s new Fast Track COVID-19 Facility - a global effort to help strengthen the COVID-19 response and shorten the time to recovery.   The project aims to strengthen the prevention, detection and response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Egypt. The project will focus on the immediate and critical areas of support identified by the Government of Egypt’s National COVID-19 response plan. The project funds will support (1) procuring and distributing medical equipment and supplies necessary for the COVID-19 response; (2) health worker training; (3) operations of specifically designated quarantine, isolation and treatment centers; (4) mobilization of rapid response teams in contact tracing of COVID-1...
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation extends US$100m COVID-19 Emergency Financing for purchasing wheat and sugar in favor of Egypt

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation extends US$100m COVID-19 Emergency Financing for purchasing wheat and sugar in favor of Egypt

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EGYPT
ITFC intervention to help finance essential strategic food commodities in light of the impact of COVID-19 JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, -- The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), has signed a US$100 million financing agreement with the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) to cover the Egyptian Government’s essential strategic commodity needs during the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The Approval of the financing, which forms part of the ITFC’s Master Murabaha Agreement, enables Egypt’s General Authority for Supply Commodities to mitigate the very worst human impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by securing food commodity imports. From his side, H.E Dr. Ali Al-Mesilhi, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, affirmed that the Ministry o...
Coronavirus – Egypt: The UK and Egypt establish basis for cooperation during COVID-19

Coronavirus – Egypt: The UK and Egypt establish basis for cooperation during COVID-19

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The British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams, has agreed with Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat the key elements of the UK’s engagement with Egypt in the two countries’ shared fight against the Coronavirus. The British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams In a letter addressed to Minister Al-Mashat, the British Ambassador set out the UK’s support for the Ministry’s efforts, in line with its People, Projects, and Purpose framework. Under this framework, the Embassy and British businesses will work together to address the immediate medical needs of both Egypt and the UK. The UK has already provided training to over 250 Egyptian medical staff, equipping them with advanced skills in Intensive Care, Basic Life Support, and Cardiovascular Life Support....
Coronavirus – Egypt: WHO delegation concludes COVID-19 technical mission to Egypt

Coronavirus – Egypt: WHO delegation concludes COVID-19 technical mission to Egypt

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A team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded a COVID-19 technical support mission to Egypt on 25 March 2020. The objectives of the mission were to understand the current situation; review ongoing response activities; provide on-site technical support as needed; and identify strengths and gaps to guide response priorities. “After several days of intensive meetings and field visits both inside and outside Cairo, we see that Egypt is making substantial efforts to control COVID-19 outbreak. Significant work is being done, especially in the areas of early detection, laboratory testing, isolation, contact tracing and referral of patients,” says Dr Yvan Hutin, Director for Communicable Diseases in WHO’s Regional Office and mission team lead. Dr Yvan Huti...
ASIA: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan receives note from President of Egypt.

ASIA: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan receives note from President of Egypt.

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 10, 2020/ -- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a message from President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, over bilateral ties. The message was delivered to H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, by Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. The two ministers reviewed bilateral relations and took stock of the latest regional and global developments. Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the depth of ties binding the UAE and Egypt and their firm determination to bolster relations and cooperation to serve the interests of the brotherly peoples of both countries. The Egyptian top diplomat praised th...
HEALTH: New cases of the Coronavirus confirmed in Egypt and Algeria.

HEALTH: New cases of the Coronavirus confirmed in Egypt and Algeria.

AFRICA, ALGERIA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT, HEALTH
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...
BREAKING: Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Dies at 91.

BREAKING: Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Dies at 91.

AFRICA, EGYPT
Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday, never expected to be president. But when a very public assassination thrust the former bomber pilot into the job, he made it his mission never to give it up.His story became Egypt's story for the next 30 years until, finally, his people found they could write it themselves, in a 2011 Arab Spring revolution that consigned him to history. An unremarked vice president to Anwar Sadat, he was a stopgap in the anxious days of 1981 after Sadat was gunned down beside him at a military parade. Few thought he would last.Yet slowly, surviving attempts on his own life, he became "Pharaoh", presiding over decades of stagnation and oppression and offering his people a choice: Mubarak or mayhem.Many believed him, not just in Egypt. US administrations ...
“Create long lasting global solutions to water challenges” – Museveni

“Create long lasting global solutions to water challenges” – Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni has urged African water leaders to deal with water issues in a holistic manner so as to create long-lasting and effective global solutions to water challenges and threats. Delegates at the 20th African Water Association (AFWA) International Congress and Exhibition at the Kampala Serena International Conference Center during a group photo with the Chief guest President Yoweri Museveni.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. “Issues of water cannot be talked about in a fragmented way. For instance, in such a conference, the Minister of Health should be in it because water also affects the country’s health. You cannot also talk about water without talking about electrification because the population needs to find an alternative source of energy to avoid destroyin...
AFRICA: Ambassador-Designate of Kingdom of Bahrain in Cairo meets Arab Republic of Egypt’s Permanent Representative to League of Arab States

AFRICA: Ambassador-Designate of Kingdom of Bahrain in Cairo meets Arab Republic of Egypt’s Permanent Representative to League of Arab States

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Ambassador Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder reviewed the close historical relations between Bahrain and brotherly EgyptCAIRO, Egypt, February 18, 2020/ -- The Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder, met today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, the Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the League of Arab States, Ambassador Alaa Rushdie.During the meeting, Ambassador Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder reviewed the close historical relations between Bahrain and brotherly Egypt. He also stressed the importance of continuing cooperation and joint coordination between the two brotherly countries in light of the convergence of views on issues facing the Arab nation, noting the Kingdom’s keenn...
HEALTH: Egypt records Africa’s Coronavirus first case.

HEALTH: Egypt records Africa’s Coronavirus first case.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT, HEALTH
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...
HEALTH: Egypt takes precautionary measures against coronavirus.

HEALTH: Egypt takes precautionary measures against coronavirus.

AFRICA, EGYPT, HEALTH
Officials from the World Health Organization in Egypt said they were working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. The virus has killed more than 300 in China, with cases reported in several other countries. The WHO’s regional headquarters held a news conference in Cairo on Sunday on developments related to cases of the new virus in the Middle East. We are working with them just to ensure that those students who are coming are healthy and they don't disseminate. Abdi Nasir Boubakr is Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) unit team leader. “As you know that there are a number of cases in the region, who are bringing back their students into the country. Egypt is one of them, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia. We are helping them and we are working with them just to...
Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

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Uganda,Kampala: The government should make a deliberate effort towards compiling data for Persons with Albinism (PWA) while carrying out national census, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said. Ugandan Albinos are seen marching 20th Jan,2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. She said this will help in planning for the special needs of PWAs like healthcare and education. “Even the local council leaders should make it their responsibility to know the number of persons with albinism in their areas so that we can plan for schools,” Kadaga said. Albinos perform.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Speaker made the call after a fundraising walk aimed at raising funds for  the construction of a rehabilitation centre for PWAs. The event on Monday, 20 January 2020 is part of ...
Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda: Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announces this day that it has opened operations in Uganda. This development expands Lycamobile’s global network reach to 24 counties worldwide. Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman (R), Ambassador V.Kananathan (middle) and at the launch of the above telecom Company in Uganda at Sheraton Thursday evenning 16th January,2020. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Uganda is one of the biggest destinations for telecoms business in Africa, characterized by discerning high utility consumers. It has approximately 25 million mobile phone users and a nationwide mobile penetration rate of 71%with Kampala alone accounting for over 50%. Lycamobile has established countrywide infrastruc...
Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt agree preliminary deal in Washington

Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt agree preliminary deal in Washington

AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, INTERNATIONAL, SUDAN, united states of america
Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three days of meetings in Washington on Wednesday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass. The project, called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is around 70% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity for Ethiopia’s more than 100 million people. However, Egyptian officials are concerned that filing the reservoir behind the dam too quickly could significantly reduce the amount of Nile water available to Egypt. The joint statement late Wednesday d...
USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

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USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling over $30 billion since 1978, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed populationCAIRO, Egypt, January 16, 2020/ -- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin visited Aswan Governorate to reaffirm USAID’s strong partnership with the Egyptian people and support for Egypt’s development priorities, including higher education and voluntary family planning.In partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, USAID inaugurated the University Center for Career Development at Aswan University, which will prepare Egypt’s youth for—and connect them to—today’s job market. This activity is a vital link between higher education and the private sector in Egypt.“It’s an honor to celebrate the ...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

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Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...

The 2019 player of the year Caf award between Mahrez, Mane and Salah the race is on

AFRICA, EGYPT
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) will crown its 2019 Player of the year at its awards ceremony in the Egyptian coastal resort of Hurghada on Tuesday. Algeria's Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez is up against the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane of Senegal and Egypt's Mohamed Salah for the prize. Mane and Salah helped Liverpool win the European Cup and Club World Cup with the Egyptian striker in contention to win the prize for a third successive time. Mahrez captained Algeria to Nations Cup success in Egypt in 2019 with Mane helping Senegal reach the final. The women's shortlist has also been narrowed down to three names with Ajara Nchout of Cameroon and Valerenga joined by Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria and Barcelona and South Africa's Beijing Phoenix FC star ...