On Tuesday, the Tuttofood conference, a massive Italy-based culinary trade show, was held in Cairo. In May the show will move to Milan, Italy. The presentation was aimed at Egyptian companies interested in doing business in Italy in the fields of agriculture and foodstuffs. According to the Egyptian financial newspaper Amwal Al Ghad, during the session, the head of the economic office of the Italian Embassy, Pietro Tombaccini, said that the volume of Italian imports to the North African country increased 3 percent in the first eight months of the year, reaching $2 billion.
That increase may sound very small, but it is a sign that relations between Cairo and Rome were not really affected by Giulio Regeni’s assassination. The measures that the Italian public was expecting were never put into place, and Egypt continues to enjoy friendly relations after the three years of military rule.
The repression campaign that permeates the entire civil society is so broad that it’s been legalized. After the anti-terrorism law that allowed the incarceration of thousands of opponents as well as those accused of opposing the regime, on Tuesday the government passed controversial legislation on NGOs that effectively bans independent civil society groups. It was finally approved by the parliament, a day after the green light by the Council of State, which determined the law was constitutional.