Govt denies reducing pubic servants’ salaries over economic crisis

The media center of the cabinet denied on Sunday reports that the government plans to decrease financial allocations directed to public servants’ salaries due to the current global economic crisis.

In a statement, the center said it contacted the Finance Ministry that dismissed as groundless such reports.

It stressed that the State is committed to paying all financial dues of employees on time without any deduction.

The center urged different media outlets to verify the authenticity of news before publishing them to avoid disrupting public order.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Egypt works on expanding reclaimed lands

Egypt is acting to expand a lot of reclaimed lands and to cultivate strategic crops, such as wheat, said Minister of Public Business Sector Mahmoud Esmat Sunday.

It is a general policy meant to achieve self-sufficiency in food crops in order to narrow the gap of imports, Esmat noted.

He was speaking during a visit to South Valley Co. in Toshka.

Esmat spoke with Aswan governor and discussed a number of projects in the Upper Egyptian city in light of partnership requests submitted by the private sector, according to a statement by the Ministry.

They also talked about ways to best use assets of the Public Business Sector Ministry to guarantee utmost returns, the statement said.

Esmat’s visit to South Valley Co. today aimed to also review the firm’s plan of action in the coming stage and to inspect lands affiliated with it, the statement added.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Manpower Minister: We plan to enroll 2.5 mn irregular workers in 1st phase of comprehensive database scheme

Executive Director of the Irregular Employment Account Management Unit at the Ministry of Manpower Reda el Araby said on Sunday 8/1/2023 the ministry intends to set up a comprehensive database covering sectors and groups of irregular workers working within the public and the private sectors on several stages, putting number of targeted first phase beneficiaries at 2.5 irregular laborers, in line with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s directives on this score.

In statements to MENA Sunday, Araby, who doubles as member of the technical office of Manpower Minister Hassan Shehata, said the minister of manpower instructed finalizing the database encompassing list of intermittent workers, with a view to providing essential health and social care services to them.

All measures are aimed at guaranteeing safety and occupational health conditions for all workers, said the official.

So far, 331,688 irregular workers have been registered on the official central database, operating in the public sector, he added.

Work is now in progress regarding the amendment of bylaws regulating work of irregular workers, mainly Ministerial Decision No. 253 for the Year 2007 and Ministerial Decision No.162 for the Year 2019, according to el-Araby.

All efforts run as part of a protocol signed with the National Organization for Social Insurance (NOSI) to provide social insurance to irregular workers, he said.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Egyptian, Somali FMs to meet tomorrow

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will hold on Monday a session of talks with his Somali counterpart Abshir Omar Jama.

Talks will tackle distinguished relations binding the two countries.

Later on Monday, Shoukry will also receive Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Elizabeth L. Dibble.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

1,933 traffic violations recorded for not installing electronic stickers

The Ministry of Interior’s traffic directorate recorded 1,933 traffic violations against drivers for not installing electronic stickers over the past 24 hours Saturday.

The electronic car stickers are fixed to windshields and include a SIM card that holds the vehicle’s data, allowing authorities to track violations, license expiration and traffic congestion.

The data can be read by special infrared sensors at traffic lights.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

High turnout reported at Egyptian museums on occasion of Christmas

Head of the museums’ sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mo’men Othman has reported numerous visits to the Coptic Museum in Cairo throughout Saturday and Sunday, as Egyptian Christians celebrate Christmas.

A temporary exhibition is organized inside the Coptic Museum on the occasion of Christmas, said Othman in statements on Sunday 8/1/2023.

A number of Coptic artifacts are displayed at the Coptic Museum, the Cairo International Airport Museum, the Suez National Museum, the Ismailia Museum of Antiquities, the Tanta Museum of Antiquities, the Alexandria National Museum, the Kom Oshim Museum of Antiquities in Fayyoum, the Malawi Museum in Minya, the Sharm el Sheikh Museum, the Royal Carriages Museum, the Farouk Corner Museum, the Matrouh Museum of Antiquities, the Sohag Museum, the Luxor Museum, the Mummification Museum in Luxor, the Manial Palace Museum and the Police Museum in el Qalaa district of Cairo, Othman said.

He made it clear that museums, as cultural institutions, act to promote awareness of heritage and civilization among the different segments of society.

Some of the niched items display the birth of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary, Othman noted.

He added that the sector is bracing for the midyear break, during which Egyptian families and students pay visits to the different museums across the country.

Source: State Information Service Egypt