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Egypt court revokes leasing contract of Egyptian docks

Administrative court halts the leasing of three Egyptian docks, rules contract illegal

Ahram Online, Sunday 30 Dec 2012
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Egypt's administrative court suspended the leasing contract between the Egyptian Port Authority and a Chinese investor to manage the Dekhela dock and two other vital docks at the Alexandria seaports.

Earlier this year, a complaint was filed by the independent workers' syndicate of the Alexandria Containers & Cargo Holding company, a subcontractor at Egyptian seaports, claiming that the leasing contract was "illegal" and was ratified though "direct order", and would consequently deprive the Egyptian Port Authority of millions of pounds in revenues.

"The public sector, Alexandria Containers & Cargo Holding, lost almost 41 per cent of its annual revenues due to the leasing contract after losing main navigation lines and operation terminals," the Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress, which includes over 271 independent labour unions, said in a statement.

Alexandria's Court of Misdemeanors has previously sentenced five workers from the Alexandria Container & Cargo Handling Company to three years in jail each for inciting a labour strike after they demanded the removal of the company's board of directors, members of which were accused of corruption.

Egypt's administrative court has halted several privatisation contracts since the January 2011 popular uprising, renationalising Shebin El-Kom Textile Company, the Tanta Company for Linen and Derivatives and the Steam Boilers Company.

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