Property rights is considered to be one of the most important files that is presented on the current scene in Egypt at the moment, as it contains a lot of topics that contribute towards the constant improvement and betterment of both the social and economic sectors and aid as well in the formation of an improved development framework. Property rights has a lot of forms whether private of public properties, in this paper we are trying to understand the economic impacts that usually take place when we start privatizing sectors of public property, specifically in this paper, public sport clubs, then we try after this to explore the importance of financial investment in the public sports sector In Egypt, as a start to create a legal and economic atmosphere which ensures obtaining the benefits that we expect from it, and to encourage the continuous work towards its development.

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The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) issues this monthly report on policy updates regarding freedom of press and media in Egypt, in an attempt to support the principles of transparency, freedom of information and freedom and independence of press and media in Egypt.

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The report aims at observing the state of freedom of media in Egypt during the last two years, specifically, after the approval of the Egyptian constitution of 2014.The goal is to identify legislative, political and economic problems encountered by media, as well as problems related to media performance itself, in order to eventually try to find solutions of these problems in the form of recommendations for decision makers and media men and to open a discussion over such problems. It should be noted that this report does not aim at fully observing legislative, political and economic conditions, or providing a full analysis of media content. The report only cites examples that could indicate the general conditions of each of the said aspects.

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This research paper is part of an awareness campaign launched to highlight the importance of civil society’s role, and the legislations regulating it. Within this campaign the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies publishes researches, and creates community dialogue, aiming to empower civil work, change the public image of civil society, and answer the questions raised about NGOs. ECPPS tries to achieve this goal through social communication, using different means, including this research paper which explains why ECPPS believes in the importance of civil work. This research paper presents the role of civil society organizations in protecting fundamental rights in Egypt, as well as its mechanisms, and achievements. Finally, the research paper also discusses how civil society can play its role without facing obstacles.

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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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ECPPS publishes a monthly observation guide titled “Freedom of Media in Egypt”, as an attempt to monitor the freedom and independence of media in Egypt. The guide discusses the issue within 5 contexts: legal, political, economic, media performance, and the role of NGOs.

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ECPPS publishes a monthly observation Report titled “Freedom of Media in Egypt”, as an attempt to monitor the freedom and independence of media in Egypt. The guide discusses the issue within 5 contexts: legal, political, economic, media performance, and the role of NGOs.

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Within the Individual Freedom and Economic Freedom programs, ECPPS published the study “Civil Society’s Role in Economic Development” to highlight the role of civil society organizations in sustainable development and economic development. This topic has not been researched enough. Civil work is considered one of the most important means of societies’ progress nowadays. And it becomes more important with the widening gap between the state’s resources and citizens’ necessities, which is why civil organizations should be considered the state’s partner in sustainable development, and in providing citizens’ needs.

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The housing  file in Egypt  is one of the most important obstacles facing both the government and  the civil society and it creates  a barrier against  the development of the community and hinders its progress, the housing  sector is the one of the biggest indicators of the stability of many social groups in Egypt and it is vital in insuring an acceptable  standard of living to citizens, given the figures and statistics, we find that' it poses a lot  of challenges for a number of reasons which  include: rising real estate prices, the difficulty of real estate and land registration because of the lengthy  government procedures  and its dramatic bureaucracy, and the difficulty of obtaining financing to buy a patch of land or property , as well as the steady increase in population and the increasing need for more real estate to accommodate those needs, so when law No. 148, issued in August 2001,which puts mortgages as a solution to some of these problems, many sectors of the demographic had the opportunity to acquire financing to buy, build or finance portions of land or property through capital provided.

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ECPPS publishes a monthly observation guide titled “Freedom of Media in Egypt”, as an attempt to monitor the freedom and independence of media in Egypt. The guide discusses the issue within 5 contexts: legal, political, economic, media performance, and the role of NGOs.

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ECPPS publishes a monthly observation report titled “Freedom of Media in Egypt”, as an attempt to monitor the freedom and independence of media in Egypt. The guide discusses the issue within 5 contexts: legal, political, economic, media performance, and the role of NGOs.

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ECPPS publishes a monthly observation report titled “Freedom of Media in Egypt”, as an attempt to monitor the freedom and independence of media in Egypt. The guide discusses the issue within 5 contexts: legal, political, economic, media performance, and the role of NGOs.

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For nearly five months of 2016, ECPPS has monitored developments regarding freedom of the press and media in Egypt, in addition to monitoring the second half of the year 2015.

In order to produce this report, which aims to build on the observations and conclusions of Egyptian and international human rights organizations. Along with the statements of Journalists’ Syndicate during the second half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 which document violations to the rights of journalists, media personnel and bloggers.

 

This report impacts through previewing the legal loopholes which open the door to the occurrence of these violations, and presents alternatives that provide protection and guarantee freedom for the profession of journalism.

 

 

May 31, 2016 

 

 

 

International Coalition Letter to the WHO makes the case against #PlainPackaging

 

Washington, DC– Property Rights Alliance (PRA) is proud to join 46 free market organizations from 30 countries in a letter to Dr. Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) expressing its strong opposition to plain packaging and its support for all types of intellectual property rights (IP). The letter comes on the occasion of the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day and the theme this year is Plain Packaging, which means the complete removal of any type of brand and trademark on cigarette packets. Instead of weakening the rights of innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs, policymakers should reflect on the integral role IP rights play in economic, technological, and cultural leadership. As such, governments and NGOs should focus on preserving and enhancing IP rights by fostering solutions to widespread IP theft.

 

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The recent successive decades has witnessed an obvious decline in the status of freedom of belief in Egypt, since a general societal rejection emerged for giving someone the right to convert his/her religion or to publicly practice his/her un-Islamic religious rites and duties. 

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Since the beginning of the seventies a new economic trend started to appear worldwide called " privatization ". It is a phenomena that reflects the followed policy to enlarge the state’s intervention in the economic and social activities. 

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  This research paper, issued by the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS), addresses the issue of police intervention in economic activities, through studying both the economic and the legal aspects of the issue.

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The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies worryingly monitored the critical crisis that the country is currently facing, which does not cause optimism in regard to either citizens' lives, their properties, personal freedoms, or the worsening economic situation which could lead to its total collapse over night.

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The role of SMEs has been proved successful in the development of many economies around the world, notably those of the United States and China. This is due to the fact that they are easily-initiated projects which carry various benefits to the state and the citizen alike. 

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   The Egyptian NGO Law -Law 84 (2002)- follows the traditional restrictive views of the Egyptian legislator. That obviously appears in the successive laws which are supposed to aim at organising the work of civil society but end with restricting and undermining them. The Law 84 (2002) is the law governing the relationship between associations and civic foundations on the one hand and the state on the other hand.

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