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Egypt's PM says state keen on supporting national press institutions

He stressed the importance of rationalizing the spending on national press institutions, saying that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi personally follows up a plan to develop such institutions

MENA , Monday 27 Jan 2020
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Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stressed on Sunday the State's keenness on providing all possible support for national press institutions as long as they achieve their goals.

The prime minister made the remarks during a meeting with board chairmen of national press institutions in the presence of Finance Minister Mohamed Maait, Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal and Head of the National Press Authority Karam Gabr.

Madbouly stressed the importance of rationalizing the spending on national press institutions, saying that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi personally follows up a plan to develop such institutions in order to help them overcome different challenges.

Gabr, for his part, said that the development plan focuses on digitization of the news service at press institutions, as well as implementing financial and administrative reforms to ensure the best use of their assets.

He added that the plan was carried out in cooperation with the ministries of planning, the public business sector, finance, investment and social solidarity.

At the end of their meeting, the attendees agreed not to hire any employee, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, or extend the service of the retired journalists, except for senior writers.

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