Alahram Egypt's FM Shoukry to attend African Union institutional reform meetings in Addis Ababa Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to travel late Friday to Addis Ababa، Ethiopia to participate in African Union (AU) institutional reform meetings on Saturday، an official statement from the foreign ministry said.
Egypt is keen on the speedy implementation of institutional reform proposals for the AU، and to achieve consensus on the course of the reform process among member states، Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in the statement issued friday.
Abu Zeid explained that the meetings come at a crucial time since Egypt will chair the AU next year. In January 2018، Egypt was elected by African leaders in Addis Ababa to head the union's upcoming 31st session in 2019.
The AU agreed in January 2018 on the need for more consultations and discussions to deepen the consensus between its members by expanding the membership of the current Reform Troika and establishing a 15-member committee of foreign ministers to provide advice.
The meeting of the 15-member FMs committee will discuss implementing institutional and financial reform as well as the division of labor between the AU and regional economic blocs.
Al-Akhbar Cultural forum: Journalist Hanan Hagag discusses preservation of Egyptian heritage Saturday The House of Egyptian Architecture announced on its Facebook page it will host on Saturday evening an open forum with well-known journalist Hanan Hagag titled Dealing with Egyptian Heritage. Hagag، who is a writer at Al-Ahram Daily newspaper and has led initiatives to preserve Egyptian heritage، will discuss the urgent need to exert more efforts to preserve the country's heritage، as well as the dangers that threaten its legacy.
According to the announcement، Hagag will also discuss a recent controversial decree to move 55 historical pulpits from Islamic mosques to museums.
Saturday، 26 May at 9:00pm
House of Egyptian Architecture، 4 Darb El-Labbana، Qalaa Square near Sultan Hassan Mosque
Al-Shorok Top 5 laws issued by Egypt's House of Representatives The Egyptian Parliament has approved a number of legislations during the current legislative period، the most important of which pertain to the unified places of worship law and the health insurance law. The following are the most important laws passed by the Parliament in the current legislative period:
1. The New Health Insurance Law، which consists of 67 articles، was approved in Dec. 18، 2017. Under this law، the government is to fully cover the treatment of citizens who cannot afford it and will improve the quality of medical services in public hospitals by inspecting and supervising medical facilities. The law will be implemented in the duration of 15 years to include all Egyptian governorates.
2. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Law was approved in July 2017. The law aims to create the National Electoral Commission (NEC) that will be responsible for supervising elections and referendums by 2024.
3. The long-awaited Church Building Law issued on Aug. 30، 2016، consists of 13 articles that regulates building and renovating churches in Egypt.
Cabinet approves law regulating unlicensed churches CAIRO - 18 April 2018: The Cabinet approved legislation proposed by its committee for legalizing unlicensed churches and services buildings on Wednesday. The legislation is set to legalize 166 churches and buildings across the nation.