Banks opted to close their office at noon
Several banks in Cairo sent staff home at midday yesterday due to possible demonstrations following the announcement of Egypt’s new president. Banks, fearing a return of lawlessness reminiscent of the days during the Egyptian uprising, closed branch offices between 1 and 2pm. A Security officer at the Central International Bank in Zamalek said he was told to leave at noon. Banking staff at Audi Bank in Dokki were given similar instructions.
A high demand for camel meat imports
A new, stronger strain of foot and mouth disease is infecting Egyptian livestock, United Nations reported yesterday. Egypt’s meat industry faces growing concerns over SAT2, a stronger variation of foot and mouth disease, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations reported. The agency warned that “6.3 million buffalo and cattle as well as 7.5 million sheep and goats are at risk.” Humans are not at risk of catching foot and mouth disease from infected cattle, but meat and milk from infected stock are not fit for human consumption.
Egyptian Minister at Rio+20 Environmental Summit
Egyptian Minister for Environmental Affairs Moustafa Hussein Kamel discussed Egypt’s role yesterday in improving its green economy and environmental preservation projects with Norwegian minister of environment, Bard Vegar Solhjell, according to the State Information Services. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+ 20), currently in session in Brazil. Kamel also discussed with the Norwegian minister waste recycling projects, production of clean energy and ways of combating climate change. They also discussed details of supporting an air monitoring network, biodiversity in natural reserves and eco-tourism in Egypt.