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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Region(s): Egypt ; Middle East & North Africa
Egypt Morsy cracks down on street vendors Daily News Egypt . (9 December 2012)
By El-Dabh, Basil.

President Mohamed Morsy used his legislative powers to pass a law on Sunday, enacting stricter penalties against street vendors who violate the law. Under the new law, numbered 105/2012, vendors can now be sentenced to six months imprisonment, be fined up to EGP 5,000 and have their goods confiscated.

Egypt Policing Egypt’s street vendors Daily News Egypt . (20 November 2012)
By Masry, Sarah El.

Egypt’s streets are congested with street vendors who often disrupt roads and pedestrians and increase traffic. They strive to maintain their sustenance and autonomy, but they are curbed by the police eviction policies that threaten to terminate their small businesses at any time.

Egypt Cairo's street vendors: a curse and a blessing Ahram Online . (13 November 2012)
By El-Kouny, Nada.

As struggling street vendors continue to lay claim to Cairo's streets, amidst police roundups and mixed public reactions, sellers and urban specialists debate the future for 5 million Egyptians.

Egypt Development: Towards a bona fide bazaar Financial Times . (12 November 2012)
By Daragahi, Borzou.

Arab countries are using the wrong strategy with the informal economy. Tens of millions in the region work only in the informal economy. A 2010 World Bank review of labour markets in the Middle East and north Africa, not including the oil-rich kingdoms of the Arabian Peninsula, concluded that the informal sector accounts for about 67 per cent of the region’s workforce and 35 per cent of gross domestic product. By comparison, informal employment accounts for only 9 per cent of the workforce and 16 per cent of GDP in developed world economies.

Egypt Street Vendors Demand Justice After Police Kills One of Their Own Egypt Independent . (21 October 2012)
By Fahmy, Heba.

Around 30 street vendors gathered in front of the Public Prosecution's office on Sunday, demanding retribution for Mostafa Eid, who was killed during clashes with security forces last Monday as they attempted to clear Giza Square of vendors.

Egypt Tahrir Square Cleaned After Protests, Security Forces Evicts Vendors Egypt Independent . (20 October 2012)
By Al-Youm, Al-Masry.

Traffic returned to normal at Tahrir Square Saturday morning, after Friday’s mass demonstrations saw nearly 50 different political parties and activist groups attend.

Egypt Chambers of Commerce Demand Restrictions on Street Vendors Egypt Independent . (4 October 2012)
By Al Youm, Al Masry.

The Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce has called on Prime Minister Hesham Qandil to draft legislation regarding Cairo’s street vendors for the People's Assembly to discuss following the elections. “The government wants to allocate a weekly market day for [the vendors],” said federation vice president Mohamed al-Masry. “We want permanent markets to incorporate them into the official state entity.”

Egypt Street Vendors' Protest Blocks Talaat Harb Street Ahram Online . (24 September 2012)

Street vendors blocked Talaat Harb Street in the heart of downtown Cairo on Sunday night in protest at an ongoing campaign to remove them from the streets. Authorities in Cairo have been targeting unlicensed street vendors and kiosks for over a month.

Egypt Cairo's Governor Attempting to Remove Street Vendors-Again Egypt Independent . (6 September 2012)
By Mohsen, Ali Abdel.

Over the past two weeks, and on Makram’s orders, Cairo police have intensified their efforts to clear the city’s streets of all vendors, along with their stands, carts and unregistered kiosks. The neighboring governorate of Giza has also experienced a similar wave of unrest. Sudden stampedes of vendors rushing down the street, merchandise clutched to their chests or held above their heads as they flee from baladeya (municipality) raids, have become a common sight

By al-Khair, Waleed Abu.

The new plan, launched this week after the Eid al-Fitr holiday, transforms a number of public spaces into small markets where these vendors can showcase their goods. According to the plan, officials allotted vendors six spaces, each to be used on a different day of the week, in western Cairo. Anywhere from 150 to 5,000 vendors gather in their designated spot in the various locations and markets are open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.