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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): Egypt ; Middle East & North Africa
Egypt Egypt's street vendors face new restrictions. Al Monitor . (24 April 2018)
By Sameer , Hani.

The Egyptian parliament decided April 15 to prepare a law to unify the authority that issues permits for stores, street vendors and roadside open-air shops in Egypt.[...]The law aims to merge the unregulated sector with the formal economy under state supervision, according to April 14 press statements by Mohammad al-Dami, the secretary-general of the local administration committee in the Egyptian parliament.

Egypt Cairo's Treasures of Trash. Newsweek . (24 May 2017)
By El Habachi, May.

Moussa is among the 70,000 Coptic Christians whose livelihood is based on collecting and recycling trash.

By Reuters, .

Despite the low prices, the financial incentive is worthwhile for many in Egypt where millions live a paycheck from hunger and an established network of informal waste collectors already pick up, sell or recycle household garbage.

Egypt Street vendor gives Egyptians sweet taste in bitter times. Gulf News . (28 December 2016)
By Al Sherbini, Ramadan.

The Egyptian parliament has recently disclosed a plan to merge the street vendors and their informal business of around 80 billion pounds into the official economy that has been in the doldrums in recent years.

Egypt Guangzhou unveils winners of third urban awards. Cities Today . (8 December 2016)
By Mulrenan, Stephen.

Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, was recognised for its work in building a climate-resilient neighbourhood in the St Kields district; and Qalyubeya, a governorate of greater Cairo in Egypt, was rewarded for its waste management programme integrating informal waste pickers.

By Davies, Caroline.

Despite the growing intolerance Copts face in Egypt, they are finding great success in the country's recycling business.

By Gamal El-Din, El-Sayed.

Cairo Criminal Court will start the first session of the trial of the lower-ranking policeman who shot dead a street vendor over the price of a cup of tea on 14 May.

By Fahim, Kareem.

The intricate mural took shape over the past few weeks, little noticed at first, spreading across a harried quarter of Cairo where Egypt’s garbage collectors live, amid overflowing bundles of this overcrowded city’s trash.

By the time the painting was finished two weeks ago, it stretched across more than 50 buildings, making it the largest public work of art here anyone can recall. The mural, a circle of orange, white and blue in Arabic calligraphy, quotes a third-century Coptic Christian bishop who said, “If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes.”

With little to no improvement in Egypt's struggle with unemployment, many young Egyptians face a rough start as they venture into their independent lives due to the lack of sufficient job opportunities. According to the latest statistics published by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAMPAS), 12.9 percent of Egyptians aged 15-64 are unemployed, while the rate increases to 26.3 percent for the age group 18-29.

Egypt Kiosks offered to metro's street vendors Daily News . (5 December 2015)
By and Rehab Saber, Sara Aggour.

In an attempt to resolve the issue of street vendors selling products in subway carts, the Ministry of Transportation offered kiosks in which those vendors can sell their products and avoid harassing passersby and passengers.