Egypt's PM to announce 'surprises' in first govt plan

Ahram Online, Saturday 25 Feb 2012

Interim Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri will present Parliament on Sunday with a comprehensive government action plan pertaining to foreign funding, squandered public funds and wage restructuring

Egypt's current interim Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's interim prime minister, Kamal El-Ganzouri, has drafted an action plan for his government, to be discussed in Sunday's session of the People's Assembly, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language portal.

El-Ganzouri will reportedly announce a number of "surprises" when he addresses the People's Assembly, related to the government investigation involving a number of local and US rights organisations accused by the government of receiving illegitimate foreign funds and operating in the country without authorisation.

Another "surprise" will address the issue of returning Egyptían funds that were smuggled abroad during ousted president Hosni Mubarak's rule via bank accounts belonging to the Mubarak family as well as other regime tycoons. 

The government's document will be finalised Saturday after a series of meetings between Cabinet members and the ruling military council. The document is expected to contain an all-encompassing action plan for the government to work on in the coming period, encompassing political, social and economic matter.

El-Ganzouri is expected to announce details of a minimum and maximum wage. The plan also includes a review of the loans the government has requested from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the African Cooperation Bank, which amount to $4.7 million.

With regard to foreign relations, the document outlines a plan to prioritise Egypt's relations with Nile Basin countries.

A set of draft laws are also expected to be covered, amending the existing laws of medical insurance, monopolies, as well as the much-debated civil society legislation.

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