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Ten cabinet ministers to deliver portfolios before Egypt's parliament this week

For the third week, the ministers will present the current policies and future agendas of their portfolios, while answering questions from MPs

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 30 Jan 2021
Egypt Parliament
Egypt's parliament (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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In this third week the cabinet ministers come to parliament to address MPs on the policies of their portfolios.
 
On Sunday, Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir and Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Mola will explain the policies of their ministries. They are also expected to answer questions from MPs on transport projects, reform of the railway authority, and the latest discoveries in the two areas of oil and natural gas.
 
On Monday, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait and Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbag will deliver statements on the state budget, public debts and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on state treasury and social protection programmes.
 
On Tuesday, Minister of Justice Omar Marawan and Minister of Industry and Internal Trade Nevin Gamea are scheduled to appear before parliament.
 
On Wednesday, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker and Minister of Housing, Utilities and New Communities Assem El-Gazar will appear in parliament to deliver statements on the policies and programmes of their ministries as well as answer questions.
 
On Thursday, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anany and Minister of Health Hala Zayed will address MPs on the agendas of their ministries.
 
Anany is expected to explain the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector. Zayed will outline the state's efforts in containing the virus and the performance of the health sector in the upcoming period.
 
Cabinet ministers began appearing before parliament on 18 January. A number of 16 cabinet ministers have so far delivered statements before parliament.
 
House speaker Hanafi Gebaly indicated two weeks ago that 30 cabinet ministers would appear before parliament to explain the latest developments of the two-year old "Egypt Kicks Off" programme. Gebaly said parliament noted that the "Egypt Kicks Off" programme, delivered by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly before parliament in June 2018, is short of the expected and is full of shortcomings and negative points.
 
"I agreed with PM Madbouly that cabinet ministers should come to parliament and explain the role of their ministries in implementing the "Egypt Kicks Off" programme while answering questions from MPs," said Gebaly, indicating that "two cabinet ministers will come per day to deliver statements and answer questions."
 
PM Madbouly delivered a statement before parliament on 18 January, stressing that his government was able to achieve a higher economic growth rate despite the coronavirus pandemic.
 
He also indicated that his government aims to boost growth rates in 2021, double exports, and increase social protection programmes.
 
Madbouly's statement was followed by eight cabinet ministers appearing before parliament from Monday (18 January) to Thursday (21 January) and answering questions on the roles of their ministries in implementing the "Egypt Kicks Off" programme.
 
In the second week, a group of eight cabinet ministers also delivered statements before parliament (between 24 and 27 January).
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