Op-ed re­view: Stray dogs’ ex­port, NGOs law, and SMEs

Egyp­tian writ­ers picked up va­ri­ety of lo­cal top­ics which topped this week’s news agenda

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Amira El-Fekki

Egyp­tian writ­ers picked up a va­ri­ety of lo­cal top­ics that topped this week’s news agenda.

Al-Ahram’s Sherif Ab­deen chose the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue when news erupted last week that Egypt be­gan ex­port­ing stray dogs and cats to coun­tries that eat them. He started by un­der­min­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the prob­lem, then crit­i­cised an of­fi­cial from the agri­cul­ture min­istry for re­treat­ing his an­nounce­ment of the ex­ports un­der pub­lic opin­ion pres­sure. Ab­deen also slammed an­i­mal rights groups, and said their crit­i­cism should be di­rected to so­ci­eties that ac­tu­ally eat dogs, con­clud­ing that Egypt is in most need of boost­ing its na­tional pro­duc­tion.

In the pri­vate Al-Shorouk news­pa­pers, Tarek Ab­dul Aal looked at the NGOs Law as it en­ters an amend­ment phase upon di­rec­tions from Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi, as Egypt faced in­ter­na­tional back­lash be­cause of the re­stric­tive law. The writer re­minded of con­sti­tu­tional guar­an­tees on free­dom to as­sem­ble and per­form civil so­ci­ety work in­de­pen­dently, out­lin­ing a se­ries of con­sid­er­a­tions and work the par­lia­ment will have to deal with to come out with a sat­is­fy­ing law.

On SMEs, as the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to im­ple­ment an ef­fec­tive sup­port pol­icy for young en­trepreneurs, Al-Ahram’s Na­dia Man­sour opin­ion­ated that those projects should fo­cus on prod­ucts com­plet­ing or needed by the in­dus­trial sec­tor to be­come a sub­sti­tute for im­ports.

For Al-Youm Al-Sabea Hazem Salah El-Din, the gov­ern­ment is ful­fill­ing its role to­wards in­creas­ing out­comes and fight­ing un­em­ploy­ment, as he fo­cused on the role of busi­nessper­sons and called on their con­tri­bu­tions and dona­tions.

Al-Ahram’s Sherif Ab­deen slammed an­i­mal rights groups, and said their crit­i­cism should be di­rected to so­ci­eties that ac­tu­ally eat dogs

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