Egypt Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab during his meeting with street vendor (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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.