Cabinet 17th Meeting Statement

The Cabinet resumed its weekly meeting on Wednesday 5112014, following the return of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the ministerial delegation which accompanied him from the accident of school bus crash in Beheira.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet agreed on a draft resolution amending the traffic law and toughening up penalties on violators.

The amendments came in response to the frequent road accidents.

The Cabinet has decided to send the draft resolution to State Council for reviewing.

During the meeting, Mahlab ordered legal aisers at the Cabinet to draft deterrent laws to reduce road accidents in Egypt.

Mahlab made the statements during his inspection visit to the site of the school bus crash, which took place early on Wednesday 5112014 leaving 18 students dead.

As many as 18 students were charred in a fire that was caused by the collision of their bus with two private vehicles and a truck on Cairo-Alexandria road near Behira province.

The government also approved a bill on mineral resources.

The Cabinet endorsed the bill after being reviewed and approved by the ministries of industry and petroleum as well as representatives of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, chamber of chemical industries and chamber of building materials.

The bill includes provisions that govern issuance of licenses for mines, quarries and salt pans.

In the same vein, the Cabinet agreed on amending a law on universities.

The amendment stipulates that a faculty member, who incites terror, rioting or violent acts in the university, shall be sacked.

It also approved projects to generate solar power.

One of the approved projects will be implemented on a road near Kom Ombo.

The power plant is planned to generate 110 megawatts, and it will serve agricultural projects in Kom Ombo.

The Cabinet authorized the Egyptian Electric Holding Company to proceed in signing a memorandum of understanding with a power company for establishing a 1,150 megawatt capacity power plant in Kafr el-Sheikh.

Another memorandum of understanding will be discussed with a UAE company for establishing a coal power station with a total capacity of 2,640 megawatts in Eyoun Moussa, east Suez Canal.


Source : Egypt State Information Service