Egypt's parliament to discuss two laws regulating vehicle manufacturing and illegal building on farmland

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 15 Oct 2022

Egypt's House of Representatives – the lower house of parliament – will reconvene this week, holding plenary sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Egypt s parliament. AP
Egypt s parliament. AP


On Sunday, the House will discuss amendments to the 1966 Agriculture Law that impose harsher penalties for illegally building on farmland.

The one-article bill (Article 156) will be amended to impose a fine of between EGP 500,000 and EGP 10 million and a jail term ranging from two to five years on those convicted of violating the law.

Currently, the law stipulates a fine of between EGP 100,000 and EGP five million and two to five years in jail.

Contractors and engineers implicated in violating the law will be subject to three to five years in jail and a fine of between EGP 100,000 and EGP three million. They will also be stripped of their membership in the Syndicate of Engineers and the General Federation of Contractors.

Sunday's schedule will also include a vote on eight foreign agreements, the most important of which is a $500 million loan agreement between Egypt and the World Bank.

Minister of Supply Ali Moselhi told MPs last week that $350 million of the loan will go to helping Egypt foot part of its wheat imports bill, while the remaining $150 million will go to reforming the bread subsidy programme and building more silos for the country's strategic wheat reserves.

On Monday, the House will discuss the new 13-article bill establishing a supreme council for vehicle manufacturing and setting up a fund to provide incentives to the electric vehicles (EV) industry.

The discussion of the bill comes after it received final approval from the Senate and the House's Industrial Committee on 11 October.

Committee Head Moataz Mahmoud said the committee had adopted the changes introduced by the Senate to the bill.

"We think these changes made the wording of the articles and objectives of the bill clearer and more understandable," said Mahmoud.

The Senate changed articles one and four on the formation of the supreme council, and the objectives of the fund. It also added a new paragraph to Article three on the definition of "environment-friendly vehicles."

On Tuesday, the newly-appointed Minister of Education Reda Hegazi is expected to be the first of the cabinet ministers to come to the House to answer questions.

Hegazi will face questions on private school admission fees and the deteriorating conditions of government schools.

Many MPs have also complained of "the dramatic rise in private and international schools’ fees and asked the Ministry of Education to intervene to regulate them in a more transparent and fair way."


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