Within its “Property Rights” Program, The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies held a round table entitled “The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Clubs” on Thursday August 24th 2017 in ECPPS’ office in Bab el-Louq, Downtown, The objective of the round table is to hold a discussion about the privatization of sports clubs with the active and effected parties, in an attempt to add the recommendations and opinions to the research paper “The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Clubs”. Representatives of ECPPS, MPS’, a number of political parties and sports clubs attended the session, including: ECPPS Researcher Adel El Hemaily, Member of Wadi Degla Club’s Board of Directors Tarek Rashad, Head of Masr El Horreya Party and Member of El Tayaran Club’s Board of Directors Tamer Sahab, Member of the Supreme Council of Free Egyptians Party John Fekry, and Representative of MP Nadia Henry, Mohamed Mostafa Kamal.
In the framework of ECPPS' Program "Property right", the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies “ECPPS” held a public meeting entitled “The economic effect of privatization of sports clubs” on Wednesday, 16th of August 2017, at ECPPS office in Bab El-Louq. The meeting is one of successive activities of the “Property right” program which the ECCPS try through them to raise the awareness of the society and the decision makers about the importance of ownership, its effect on the economy and developing legislations which pave the way to achieve this.
ECPPS’ Advocacy Team and Property Rights Researcher Adel El Hemaily met with MP and Member of The Economic Committee, Nadia Henry, on Wednesday July 19th 2017, at ECPPS. During the meeting, ECPPS’ Advocacy Team presented Research Papers published within the Programs “Economic Freedom”, and “Property Rights” (“The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Club”, “The Role of Civil Society in Economic Development”, and “Intellectual Properties and its Protection Methodologies in Egypt”). MP Henry said she is interested in the issue of privatization in Egypt, and showed interest in the research paper “The Economic Effects of the Privatization of Sports Club”. Henry added that she has recommendations regarding the matter, and assured that she is willing to join the closed meetings that will be held to discuss the research paper. Henry mentioned Japan as an example of exchanging experiences and partnership between sectors through investments. She also said that the concept of privatization is valid, however, the problem, as it has been throughout history, is its application. MP Henry welcomed cooperation with ECPPS regarding economic matters, and showed interest in the Individual Freedom Program, explaining that it is very important to work on this matter during the meantime, and particularly to work on the issue of freedom of press and media.
Within ECPPS’ Individual Freedom Program and the center’s work on the issue of freedom of media and press, ECPPS held the public meeting “Reformation of Maspero” on July 12th 2017. ECPPS’ Administrative Director, Mohamed Rabie, Managing Director at the economic sector in Maspero, Khaled El Sobky, and Member of the Media and Culture Committee at the Egyptian Parliament, MP Ghada Saqr, were speakers at the meeting. Rabie commenced the meeting with a brief introduction about ECPPS and the issues the center works on, as well as a presentation of the “Monthly Observation of Freedom of Media in Egypt (April 2017)”, an observational guide published by ECPPS monthly to document the status of the freedom of media and press in Egypt. El Sobky started with information about Maspero’s history, and the economic situation and problems facing Maspero since the Egyptian revolution. One of the economic adversities facing Maspero are advertising agencies who drifted to the private TV channels that had been given licenses by the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) without any content censorship. El Sobky added that the apparatus used in Maspero is inadequate, needs periodical maintenance, and is not suitable for big events. He also said that 12 projects have been presented to the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), along with feasibility studies and international companies’ approvals to carry out the projects for Maspero’s benefit. However, the projects have not been given any concern. He assured that the interference of the government in Maspero’s authority, and favoring the interests of businessmen instead of defending the interest of the state’s TV or remaining unbiased, negatively affected Maspero.