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Falak Startups Hosts Inaugural Demo Day from Thirteen Egyptian Governorates

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Falak Startups, in partnership with EFG-EV Fintech, announced its official launch to the regional entrepreneurial and investor community through an inaugural Demo Day sponsored by the SANAD Fund for MSME. Fifteen high-growth startups from thirteen governorates presented their refined business models, in an effort to secure funding from Egyptian and regional investors.

Falak (largest startup accelerator in the Middle East and Africa) organized  4-month acceleration program provides entrepreneurs with funding, mentorship, training, and comprehensive all-round support, in order for Egyptian youth  to thrive and compete in the global economy.

“Entrepreneurial success, especially within our young demographic, creates positive spillover effects throughout the entire economy, supports our goal to achieve wider financial inclusion and boosts job creation on the macroeconomic level. It is an essential component in creating a sustainable engine for long-term economic growth.” Said Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of
Investment and International Cooperation.

Dr. Shehab Marzban, Chairman of Egypt Ventures and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation also added: “We’re very proud to see our youth develop strong business cases out of mere ideas they came to us with only months ago. Falak Startups will serve as a platform from which we aim to launch numerous acceleration programs, spanning across multiple sector industries. The feedback received today was tremendously positive, and is a strong reflection of the private sector’s support of our mission, as they are key partners in this journey to establish a dynamic, globally-competitive ecosystem”

The event took place at the Golden Room Hall in Prince Mohamed Ali (Manial) Palace, and was attended by y Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and international Cooperation, Dr Ali ELMoselhy, Minister of Supply, Dr Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism, Khaled Badawi, Minister of Public Enterprise, Dr Shehab Marzban, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Investment and International cooperation and Chairman of Egypt Ventures, Mohamed Fareed, Executive Chairman at the Egyptian Stock Exchange, General Mohamed Amin, Treasurer of the ‘Tahya Masr’ Fund, MP Amr Ghalab, Chairman of the Economic Committee of the House of Representatives, as well as numerous foreign dignitaries, prominent businessmen and investors, and entrepreneurs.

Some of the startups that participated in the event were Pay Nas, Auto Parts, Masry Market, 3elagi and Olli.

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Egypt Jumps Ten Places in ‘Global Knowledge Index’ in Only One Year

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Egypt has jumped 10 places in just a year in the 2020 Global Knowledge Index (GKI), according to three infographics released by the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center.

The index, which gets issued every year by the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, shows that Egypt has moved from the 82nd place to the 72nd in only one year.

The rankings are based on a survey done on the knowledge performance of 138 countries in 7 areas and 199 indicators. Egypt has shown great advancement in all areas, it moves 23 ranks up in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and 11 ranks up in Pre-University Education.

The index also highlighted Egypt’s points of strength in education sector, which included higher enrollment in universities and a significant decline in out-of-school children. There’s also an increase in the number of students enrolling in vocational and technical schools.

Switzerland, the United States, and Finland came on top of the 2020 index.

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Egypt Set to Build Its First Train Factory in Port Said

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Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has announced that Egypt is planning on building its very first train factory in Port Said.

The factory will build EMUs, DMUs and monorail trains in East Port Said industrial zone.

The Ministry made the announcement on the 16th of September in a meeting attended between the minister of planning and economic development, Dr Hala El-Said, transport minister Major General Kamel El-Wazir and chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority, Mr Yahia Zaki.

The meeting went over the project’s implementation plan and the possible outputs of the factory.

Egyptian Railways Services and Maintenance Company (Ermas) will most probably run the new plant in cooperation with the private sector including a number of international companies, such as the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and Egypt’s Sovereign Fund.

According to El-Waziri, the factory is seen as part of a localizing initiative that aims at producing railway equipment locally, in order to meet the rising demand both domestically and in Africa and on the Arabian peninsula.

The factory will help boost the Egyptian economy, in addition to generating hard currency and providing job opportunities.

 

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Shows 90% Effectiveness With No Serious Side Effects

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AstraZeneca announced today the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine and it turned out to be around 90% effective with no serious side effects!

According to data from the late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil, the vaccine, which is developed by Oxford University, has shown 90% effectiveness after being administered as a a half dose followed by a full dose at least one month apart.

“This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” Pascal Soriot, Astra’s chief executive, said in a statement.

British Prime minister Boris Johnson said it was “incredibly exciting news the Oxford vaccine has proved so effective in trials.”

The next step now is for the company to start preparing regulatory submission of the data to authorities across the world that have a framework in place for conditional or early approval.

It will also seek an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up availability in countries with low income. In parallel, the full analysis of the interim results is being submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

With both Oxford’s and Pfizer’s vaccines, we can be hopeful that the new year will come bearing good news!

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