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.

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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.

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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.

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The term privatization may be frowned upon every time it is discussed as a solution to the development and renewal of governmental establishments, and it raises a lot of reservations and questions. Privatization usually is discussed as an ineffective solution and a quick way to deprive the citizen of his rights and benefits from any advantages offered by government bodies, we might be able to console this to the previous history of privatization in Egypt, as most of the public sectors that were privatized by previous governments did not succeed in increasing the productivity of these sectors at a price that is proportionate to the size of privatized sectors, perhaps one of the most prominent example of companies that have been privatized was the starch and glucose Company “Nesha And Glucose”, which was unique to the Middle East and was privatized in 2003 and sold to a businessman. The company was bought for 160 million pounds, of which only 126 million pounds were paid, even though its assets exceeded 400 million pounds. A report by the Center for Land Rights done on the corruption of the sale of public sector companies as part of the privatization program in Egypt revealed that, the sale of Egypt's assets -after the sale announcement- had produced proceeds from the sale estimated at 32 billion pounds from the total value of selling 314 companies, while the proceeds from selling 326 companies were also 32 Billion which was the total value of selling only 314 companies. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) published data from the Ministry of Finance revealing that between 1991 and 2009, 407 public sector companies were sold, with sales exceeding 57.3 billion dollar, resulting in the referral of more than 500,000 workers to early retirement.

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Within ECPPS' Program Property Rights, and the center's work on the issue of intellectual property, ECPPS held a closed meeting entitled "Intellectual Property and the Proposed Draft Law". The meeting was held on June 21st 2017 at ECPPS' office, to discuss intellectual property, and its protection methodology in Egypt, as well as to present the proposed draft law for founding an Intellectual Property Protection office for all types of IP. IP experts who attended the closed meeting were: Head of Intellectual Property Protection office in Information Technology Industry Development Agency, Mohamed Hegazy, Dean of the National Institute of Intellectual Property at Helwan University, Yasser Gad Allah, Head of Civil Law Department in Beni Suef University, Hossam Lotfy, IP Expert at Abu Ghazaleh IP Office, Ahmed Donia, Kamal Abd Elgayyed and Iman Saleh from the Patent Office at the Scientific Research Academy, Ahmed Shousha, Khaled Adham and Hala Hassan representatives of the Parliamentary Board of Al Wafd Party.

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