Yesterday, Tuesday, the Egyptian House of Representatives rejected a parliamentary proposal to increase fees for locally made cosmetics, following a vote that saw all members of parliament reject the proposal.
Parliamentarian Ayman Abul-Ela submitted a proposal recommending the approval of 2% of the selling price of local cosmetics, to be allocated within the funding resources of the Medical Emergency Fund, but the Council rejected the proposal submitted by the majority, and none of the female members of Parliament raised their hand in approving it, which was indicated by the President Parliament Hanafi Jabali.
Jabali commented on the position of the women representatives, jokingly, the representative who proposed the proposal: “No female MP has raised her hand in agreement… Women in Egypt will be upset with you.”
Medical Emergency Fund
The House of Representatives approved a draft law submitted by the government to establish a medical emergency fund to cover the costs of disasters, medical emergencies, crises, epidemics and critical and delicate medical interventions, and to contribute to the expenses of treating patients subject to the treatment regime at the state’s expense.
According to Article 10 of the new law, the resources of the Emergency Medical Fund consist of financial contributions for treatment at the expense of the state, and 3% of the selling price of pesticides intended for use in non-agricultural purposes.
The fund’s resources also include the account balances of the Medicines Support Fund, 1% of the proceeds of accounts for the various sectors at the General Office of the Ministry of Health and Population, and the account balances of the Fund for the Elimination of Waiting Lists for Patients.
The financial amounts provided by the Central Bank of Egypt, banks and the Union of Banks are included in the resources of the new fund, in addition to gifts, donations, grants and gifts from individuals or organizations, and the investment returns of the fund’s money.
In addition to these resources, 2% of the selling price of imported cosmetics was allocated to the fund, which prompted MP Ayman Abul-Ela to demand the inclusion of locally made cosmetics as well, which was rejected by Parliament by a majority.
And last May, the head of the Export Council for Medical Industries, Dr. Maged George, announced that the exports of the medical sectors with their derivatives of medicine, medical supplies and cosmetics had increased to $ 176 million during the first quarter of this year, compared to $ 118 million during the first quarter of 2020, with an increase It reached 47%.