Egyptian parliament approves new law supporting disabled citizens – Politics – Egypt

Article 2 of the law, which was approved by the Senate last March, states that its name will be changed to the “Different Ability Citizens Support Fund Act”. The fund will also be affiliated with the presidency and located in Cairo; however, other branches may be opened in other governorates.

Article five stipulates that the fund will be managed by a board of directors which will be headed by the president of the republic and responsible for drawing up its rules of procedure and its technical, administrative and financial regulations, adding that the board will have all the powers to achieve the objectives of the fund in an economical and sustainable manner.

In addition, article four states that the money from the fund will be used to build hospitals and health units for disabled citizens. “It will also serve to rehabilitate disabled citizens to integrate them into society by organizing vocational training programs,” the article said, adding that “the fund will also help disabled citizens to set up small and medium-sized productive projects. medium scale with good economic returns.

In addition, the fund will help citizens with disabilities to participate in sports, cultural and social activities and provide support to those who show talent.

“The fund will also finance programs, forums and conferences aimed at raising awareness in society about the rights and requirements of citizens with disabilities and creating employment opportunities for them,” reads article four.

Shaimaa Hassanein, deputy chair of the House Social Solidarity Committee, said the amendments are in line with Article 81 of Egypt’s 2014 constitution, which states that the state guarantees health, economic, social , cultural, entertainment, sports and educational for people with disabilities.

“In addition, the law also reflects part of Egypt’s new human rights strategy, which aims to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities and help them integrate into society,” Hassanein said.

Meanwhile, the House also gave final approval on Sunday to an agreement signed between the Egyptian government and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

The agreement – signed on March 30, 2022 – aims to boost FIP ​​investments in Egypt so as to broaden the scope of economic cooperation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia and promote their investments in other countries at the levels regional and international.

In addition, a report prepared by the Economic Affairs Committee and the House Budget Committee indicates that the agreement with the PIF also aims to contribute to the achievement of the foreign investment objectives of the Egyptian government during the financial year. 2022/23 and the localization of modern technology.

Separately, Sunday’s House session saw three lawmakers make “urgent statements” to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

The first, presented by MP Mostafa Bakri, calls for invoking legal proceedings against the chairman of the conservative party Akmal Qortam. Bakri accused Qortam of taking part in a telephone interview with the Mekamleen channel, a Muslim Brotherhood television affiliate, in violation of the law and the state’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

“How can a president of a licensed political party take part in an interview with a Muslim Brotherhood channel and talk to a host accused of inciting violence against the Egyptian army and police,” Bakri said. , calling on the prosecution to take legal action again against Qortam. .

The second – presented by MP Mohamed Rady – called for an investigation into what he called “gross financial and administrative irregularities” committed by Ayman Hossam, president of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA ).

Rady said “the president of the Consumer Protection Agency is taking more than one salary in violation of the maximum limit stipulated by law.”

“He receives a salary of EGP 52,000 from the agency, a salary of EGP 82 million from the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade and salaries from several food companies in exchange for his membership on the boards of these companies. “, he added, noting that “it has failed to address many crises in the market, the most notable of which is the current crisis in the automotive market”.

The third statement — presented by MP Mahmoud Essam — relates to the decision of the world’s largest cigarette producer, British American Tobacco, to liquidate its operations in Egypt and withdraw from the Egyptian market.

“As Egypt is doing its best to attract $8-10 billion in foreign investment in the 2022/23 fiscal year, we are surprised by British American Tobacco’s decision to pull out of the Egyptian market,” Essam said.

He asked “whether the withdrawal of British American Tobacco is due to the government’s recent decision to declare an offer between international tobacco companies to grant a license to produce cigarettes in Egypt”.

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