Egypt's priorities shift with regime change

Underneath the debates surrounding democracy, progress and freedom lies an industry in Egypt that is trying to stabilise and move forward. Anna Mitchell learns about the opportunities and threats present in the country after the revolution.

A lot has changed in the 20 months following the widespread civil unrest that coursed through Egypt in protest against Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year reign.

Mubarak has resigned and a brief period of military rule has given way to parliamentary elections and the appointment of Mohamed Morsi as the country’s president.

Opinion is staunchly divided as to whether the nation’s journey towards democracy is truly delivering freedom to the country’s vast population. Questions are continually asked about the role of the army, ever a mighty force in Egyptian politics, in the restructure of government after the revolution.

Politics aside, the country is putting the Mubarak years behind it and, in many business areas, is starting to stabilise and move forward.

Mohamed Attia is deputy manager of and a partner in Egyptian Engineering Projects (Quality), a systems integration company that specialises in total solutions and integration for light current systems starting from engineering, procurement, installation, and maintenance.

He says that the government funds the big projects in Egypt. “If you have an unstable government, or governor or even an unstable region then projects will suffer,” he explains.
“Now the government is stabilising you can see the effect in the projects coming through.” Already there is a marked difference between pre-revolution Egypt and the country that is being shaped by a new regime.

Attia says the new government brought in new policies and a change in direction that has directly affected the AV industry.

“The government's priorities have definitely changed and we are seeing less museum and stadium projects."

To learn what the current government’s priorities are as well as other opportunities starting to emerge in the country read the full article in InAVate Active

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