Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
1 - 7 June 2000
Issue No. 484
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Muddying the waters
By Aziza Sami

  Cinema under siege
Is the increased importation of American movies responsible for the ongoing crisis in the local film industry? Gamal Essam El-Din lends an ear to parliamentary discussion on the matter

Chamber puts the house in order
There will be a lull in Cairo Chamber of Commerce activities after a court annulled its elections on grounds of procedural irregularities. Mona El Fiqi reports

A taxing question
TAX laws are made to be evaded, runs the questionable maxim. And in Egypt, alas, it is not always the tax payers' fault. In fact, some laws appear to have been designed expressly to complicate, rather than regulate, commercial and industrial dealings. Among these is the Unified Tax on Income, issued in 1993 and criticised at the time by tax experts for not having been "discussed properly, but hastily ratified by the People's Assembly" according Hassan Kamal of Ain Shams University.
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Arabising Cyberspace
The issue of Arabising the Internet as well as computer software was in the spotlight during this year's COMDEX exhibition. Shaimaa Labib attended

Igniting the engine
The first US IT trade mission to Egypt is unlikely to be the last, Niveen Wahish reports

Piracy down
Egypt has scored some success in reducing software piracy in the past year, according to the annual report issued by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA), writes Niveen Wahish.
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A few weeks more
The Egypt-EU Partnership agreement is likely to be signed in a few weeks. Yet after years of negotiations, some industrialists continue to fear the worst, writes Niveen Wahish
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From American aid to trade
Although trade between Egypt and the US has strengthened, an American trade official has indicated that Egypt must promote itself if it wishes to lure greater US investments. Sherine Nasr reports

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