Water crisis looms for Egypt as Ethiopia’s Nile mega-dam nears completion #Environment Ethiopia’s GERD dam is set to reshape the complex water politics of the Nile Basin – and ‘water stressed’ Egyptians will be the biggest losers Kieran Cooke Thursday 27 December 2018 Editor’s note: Two of the biggest dam projects in the world – one […]
Egypt’s 95% of populations live in the Nile delta and along its banks. The most heavily populated country of the MENA region that is like all countries of the Middle East going through rapid urbanisation has an issue of settlement of its population’s habitable space and yet not compromises its vital agricultural lands. Despite the successive governments trying to encourage the move towards some greened lands of the surrounding desert but in vain; fast going encroachments on Egypt’s state lands spread in those relatively small but habitable lands.
As the shift continues from the manufacturing economy of the industrial age to the digital economy of the information age, socio-political organizations throughout the developed countries, would have to transform themselves or else, by having to forcefully adapt [ . . . ]
AMEinfo came up with this formidable vision of next year titled 16 events that will shape 2017; we could not help but reproduce it here all for the benefit of our readers. All comments are welcome but we would advise to address direct to AMEinfo with nevertheless a copy to MENA-Forum.
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The listing of the events as proposed by AMEinfo summed up thus.
Many events of 2016 will have repercussions spilling over into 2017
Positive impacts include Saudi Vision 2030, OPEC deal
The fallout of Trump’s presidency, JASTA law, Italy referendum, etc. remain to be seenThe year 2016 was eventful, to say the least, with the world shaken by several momentous events whose repercussions will spill over into 2017. [. . .]
Bloomberg informed that Egypt took the dramatic step of allowing its currency to trade freely as it announced measures to stabilize an economy crippled by a dollar shortage that has raised concern about social unrest. The same piece of information was reported thus by the BBC as Egypt allows its currency to float freely . A shortage of basic goods and skyrocketing food prices are fuelling discontent in Egypt, where a currency crisis has hit imports. Image copyright AFP Egypt has floated its currency in a move that has reduced its value by almost 50% against the dollar. One US dollar is buying around 14 Egyptian pounds, up from the nine Egyptian pounds the central bank was trying to keep it at. The country’s central bank said the move was one of a list of reforms designed to strengthen confidence in the economy. Egypt’s main stock index jumped by more than 8% on Thursday. The central bank has also increased interest rates by 3 percentage points to 14.75%. The move is a key requirement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), from which Egypt is asking for a $12bn loan over three years. The IMF’s mission chief for Egypt, Chris Jarvis, said the move would make more foreign exchange available and would “help foster growth, job creation and stronger external position for the country”. . . .
Of all the MENA countries capital cities, the Greater Cairo Region (GCR) with a present population well over the 20 million mark is a vast agglomeration with many challenges. It is a place of unique political and cultural significance for the world. It has always and still is the prime engine of economic growth and the main population centre in Egypt. The newly settled leadership facing enormous challenges has wisely decided to involve two of the many influencing factors of the country, i.e. its youth and transportation.
Prior to diving the thick of the subject, and as highlighted in an article of the UN HABITAT, Cairo lives with many key challenges; most importantly planning, infrastructure and service delivery which has been managed to barely keep up with the very rapid urban growth over the past four decades, we would like to propose in this context, this article of Centre for Mediterranean Integration of Marseille, France, titled:
Promoting Public Private Partnership “PPP” to Include Transportation Start-ups in Greater Cairo
Transportation has direct impact on the economy, the environment and people’s mobility. On one hand, the air quality is getting worse and there is pollution due to vehicle emissions resulted from the increasing fuel consumption. On the other hand, the large number of people working in places far away from their residence directly affect traffic negatively.
The 4,500 years old papyrus has just been displayed in public in Cairo Museum as reported by the International Business Times on July 21, 2016 in an article written by Léa Surugue. it is about the Great Giza Pyramid’s Construction Details.
Oldest papyrus ever found reveals details of Great Giza pyramid’s construction
Ancient documents described as the oldest papyruses in existence have been put on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The 4,500-year-old documents, unveiled at the museum last Friday (15 July 2016), appear to detail the steps of the Great Pyramid of Giza’s construction as well as the daily lives of workers.
The pyramid is believed to have been completed between 2560 and 2540 BC under Pharaoh Khufu’s reign – during the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt. Some scholars believe the King’s Chamber at the heart of the pyramid contains his royal remains, but this has not yet been proven.