After 22 years of conflicts, the Egyptian parliament sets a road map to solve the Sheraton Hurghada hotel crisis
After 22 years stumbling, the Egyptian parliament sets a road map to solve the Sheraton Hurghada hotel crisis

The local administration committee in the House of Representatives, headed by Eng. Ahmed Al-Sajaini, laid out a map to solve the crisis of the Sheraton Hurghada Hotel, Red Sea Governorate, after a faltering period of nearly 22 years.

 This came in the meeting of the Committee, today, Wednesday, with the participation of Major General Amr Hanafi, Governor of the Red Sea, and Deputy Amr Sedky, Chairman of the Tourism Committee in the House of Representatives, to follow up on its recommendations on the subject of the request for briefing submitted by MP Mustafa Bakry regarding the failure of the Red Sea Governorate to terminate the contract with the Egyptian Company  Saudi Arabia due to its breach of contract terms around the Sheraton Hurghada Hotel.

 Ahmed Al-Sajaini, head of the committee, said that this problem has existed for 22 years, and that MP Mustafa Bakry raised it according to the control procedures stipulated in the law and the constitution, and a session was held to discuss it and its content, and specific convictions were completed according to the discussions that enabled all the parties concerned, and then consensus  On a set of recommendations as a solution map for this problem that can be implemented on the ground in an official memorandum approved by the President of the House of Representatives.

 He added that everyone followed this file because it is complicated and related to interlocking parties at the time when the first party represents for everyone that it is an investor that came with good reputation, while the other party represents the country that encourages investment and welcomes investors in a serious and continuous manner, and then the arrival of the problem for these years is illogical, directing the greeting to the presenter  A briefing request that is treated professionally in this file and which targets a solution for the common good, a rational solution, and balance.

 He also thanked the Governor of the Red Sea, Major General Amr Hanafi, who insisted on attending the parliament to participate in the discussions, even though he was in charge of the issue recently, stressing that this behavior confirms that we are in front of a statesman and has an eagerness to cooperate between Parliament and the government, saying: “We are keen to achieve the public interest.”

 The Chairman of the Committee reviewed the recommendations and a solution map, while giving the representatives of the company that owns the project an opportunity to express their views, as the solution map included that after listening to government representatives, the applicant for briefing, and the deputies, it was found that there was a defect in the contractual relationship between the governmental administrative body and the investor over the last years, which ended with the conclusion of a settlement contract on 3/6/2013, between the Red Sea Governorate and the head of the local unit for the city of Hurghada and the Egyptian Company for Red Sea Investments, and after discussions and examination of documents, it was revealed that there are multiple interlocking parties in this file and the lack of positive channels of communication. 

 Al-Sujaini explained that the Committee has settled many question marks about the real reasons that led to the failure of a project of this size since the early 90s to date, noting that the Committee is keen to achieve the public interest of the state by recovering its lands and collecting its dues with others to advance the investment wheel  Development and overcoming obstacles and facilitating procedures for investors who exercise their responsibilities seriously and transparently.

 The map included, according to Al-Sajini, the speed of the formation of a committee headed by the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, the membership of the Minister of Local Development and the governor of the Red Sea, and representatives of the ministries of defense, housing, utilities and urban communities, water resources and irrigation, the environment, tourism, culture, communications and information technology,  Electricity and renewable energy, transportation, civil aviation, antiquities.

 The committee is concerned with evaluating and assessing the legal, technical and investment study of the whole file, with a view to overcoming obstacles and facilitating procedures, and preparing a concept and a transaction map coupled with a number of investment and legal alternatives, and that the committee as a last opportunity to summon the investor and notify him of those alternatives that must include mutual obligations coupled with an executive program and time limits  , Payment systems that do not accept ambiguity or interpretation.

 For his part, Representative Mustafa Bakry, a member of the House of Representatives and the applicant for the briefing, said that supporting the national economy is everyone's responsibility, and we are all in the Egyptian state with all its institutions working for that, and then removing any obstacles or obstacles to the economy and investment represents a matter of life or death and therefore there is no  Any position of the investor at all.

 Bakry stressed that the goal is the right of the Egyptian state according to the regulations and laws that regulate work, and therefore there is absolutely no position on the investor and our concern is the right of the Egyptian state and the public interest, while MP Amr Sidqi, Chairman of the Tourism Committee in the House of Representatives agreed with him, praising the content of the request, especially that it targets the public interist and the right of the Egyptian state, stressing that the requests submitted by MP Bakry are always serious and accurate.

Source : Tourism daily news

Photo Credits : Attia Awadh

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