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Egypt PM meets street vendor representatives

Street vendors evicted from downtown Cairo meet with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Aug 2014
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Egypt Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab during his meeting with street vendor (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with a group of downtown Cairo street vendors on Tuesday to discuss the government's decision to relocate them to a parking lot at Torgoman bus station.

Mahlab said the vendors would remain at Torgoman temporarily before a permanent location is established for them at Waabor El-Talag in the Galaa area of downtown.

The ministers of industry, commerce and social solidarity, and the governor of Cairo attended the meeting. 

The street vendors requested a bus station, a media campaign to promote their new location at Torgoman, store warehouses and cheap Egyptian goods to sell.

They praised how the police had dealt with them during their transfer to Torgoman. 

Mahlab agreed to initiate an advertising campaign to promote the Torgoman site.

This week, thousands of street vendors were moved from downtown Cairo to Torgoman.

On Monday, hundreds of them protested the move outside the Supreme Court in downtown. 

Street vendors have long been blamed for worsening traffic congestion in downtown Cairo.

 

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Dan Huck
28-08-2014 12:40am
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Part of the $298 billion 'informal' econmy?
A Peruvian economist, Prof. DeSoto, has stated approximately 90% of the Egyptian economy is un-titled and informal, and key to building a thriving economy will be the inclusion of what he also refers to as an 'informal' economy. Is this the case with street vendors in Cairo? Or are they licensed and inspected by the city, and taxed? Treating them as first-class citizens is the first step towards helping them to be part of the solution towards the betterment of the city atmosphere.
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