Egyptian gas stations prepare for rationing

Drivers fill up their cars at a Cairo gas station. Gas stations around the country will start using a new coupon system this summer. [Waleed Abu al-Khair/Al-Shorfa]

Drivers fill up their cars at a Cairo gas station. Gas stations around the country will start using a new coupon system this summer. [Waleed Abu al-Khair/Al-Shorfa]

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Egyptian gas stations will begin distributing gasoline and diesel fuel under a coupon system in July, according to Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Osama Kamal.

Preparations for implementing the plan, previously scheduled to begin in April, are now complete, Kamal said February 20th.

The plan aims "to rationalise subsidies and petroleum product consumption by limiting the quantity distributed on the markets, ultimately reducing consumption", said Radwan Fathallah, marketing studies adviser at the ministry.

All subsidy beneficiaries will be issued smart cards -- five million of which have already been prepared -- and they will use these to obtain their allocated amount of fuel, Fathallah said.

Private cars with a tank capacity of 1,600 cubic centimetres or less will be allocated 150 litres per month, large mass transit vehicles will be allocated 10,000 litres of diesel per year and heavy trucks will be allocated 100,000 litres of diesel per year.

"If a citizen exhausts his allocated amount, he will buy additional amounts at prices yet to be determined," Fathallah said.

Based on ministry studies, he said, the smart card price of 80-octane gasoline is expected to be 90 piastres ($0.13) per litre, while 90-octane gasoline will be sold at a subsidised rate, 1.75 pounds ($0.26), and the regular rate, 3 Egyptian pounds ($0.44).

Meanwhile, the ministry is expected to cancel subsidies on higher octane gasoline, with the price for 92-octane gasoline anticipated at 3.25 pounds ($0.48) per litre and the price for 95-octane gasoline at 4.75 pounds ($0.70) per litre.

The ministry is also considering setting its non-coupon price for diesel at 2 pounds ($0.29), compared to the subsidised price of 1.1 pounds ($0.16), Fathallah said.

Many previous subsidy beneficiaries, such as those who operate private school buses, embassy vehicles and tourist yachts, will lose their fuel subsidies, he said.

"This system is expected to reduce the current level of consumption by 30%," Fathallah said.

The ministry's latest data indicates there are about six million vehicles in Egypt, requiring close to 130 billion pounds ($19.3 billion) to subsidise the fuel they consume, he said.

Rigorous monitoring of markets

The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade and the Ministry of Petroleum are working to improve their intercommunication, to better monitor and control fuel markets and prevent black market fuel sales, said Amr Mukhtar, director of planning at the Ministry of Supply's subsidies department.

"The monitoring plan will be very rigorous, not only in Cairo but in all provinces, with emphasis on monitoring gas stations to ensure they distribute all they are allocated, to citizens, to end the shortage crisis on the market," he said.

Mukhtar said his ministry plans to increase the number of monitors on its staff, with the eventual goal of assigning one monitor to every gas station.

"Studies suggest that [fuel] manipulation and smuggling outside official markets strips about 30% of supply from these markets," he said.

Meanwhile, Fahim Abdul Zawaq, petroleum science professor at Cairo University, said he believes the new plan will have a positive effect on the economy and will help bring government spending under control.

The plan should be even more "comprehensive and broader, and develop the oil sector as a whole", he said.

In Abdul Zawaq's view, the initiative should also aim to modernise and develop the refining system in Egypt and improve workforce training so more locally-produced fuel can meet market needs at reasonable prices.

"It would be better if consumers turn to natural gas instead of diesel or gasoline, for example, because it is cheaper" and would also contribute to reduced consumption, he said.

Trend towards economical cars

The government's decision to rationalise fuel consumption has directly affected the automotive market in Egypt, said Hajj Ameed Mohammed, owner of a Cairo car dealership and member of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce's vehicle division.

"Consumers will now be inclined to buy economical cars that do not consume much fuel, which would weaken the market for cars with a tank capacity of more than 1600 cubic centimetres," he told Al-Shorfa.

Many new car buyers are now opting for cars that run on natural gas to alleviate the financial burden they expect because of the anticipated increase in gasoline costs, he said.

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    مروان إبراهيم

    2013-3-14

    The diesel and gas crisis has many solutions that include encouraging the use of the natural gas in the vehicles, confronting the thugs strictly, even if this required execution, because they are responsible for torturing the people of Egypt and stealing their wealth and prevent them from handling their interest. The solutions also include preventing the sale of gasoline to the foreign ships in the sea, because this means that the Egyptian government supports the foreigners rather than the poor people. Is this possible in Egypt? Does the government want us to hire some people to protect us from the thugs who control the gas stations in the broad daylight and in front of the officials? They take 50% of the amount of fuel to be sold to their credit. Otherwise, they would threaten with burning the gas stations. Of course, they agree with the owner of the gas station at the expense of the poor people. I speak from the heart of the Egyptian rural areas and people. If the government did not take strict measures, despite of having all the necessary deterrent tools, we would consider this as a breach of trust and the people. You are the cause of the torment of the Egyptians. There are organized gangs of thugs specialized in embittering the lives of the Egyptians. Who is responsible for protecting Egypt? Is it possible to go to the foreign states to ask them to protect us from this torture? Egypt is bleeding and no one helps it. I call on all the officials in the Pyramids and in the government, the armed forces and media and all the officials to listen. I want to know to whom should I speak?

  • لطيف شندل

    2013-3-9

    What is happening in Egypt now is only a small part of what will happen in the coming few days. Basically there will be ire across all Egypt because of the constant power outages with the beginning of the Summer while the government is unable to provide Solar and gas for the power plants because there is no money in the country's treasury that is enough to cover the increased use of electricity and Solar all over the country. The season of reaping the grain causes psychological pressure for the Egyptian people, besides the gap in the budget, and the government's inability to provide the necessary resources to fill that gap. All it does is increase prices of strategic merchandise to fill the gap by taking from the poor, which presents also an increase in pressure on the Egyptian citizen. With the upcoming elections, and the presidency's insistence on holding these elections on schedule, with a debased electoral law that threatens the upcoming parliament with dissolution. This will definitely happen with the increase of strikes in the cities surrounding the Canal, and the inability of the government to solve the problems in these cities will lead to the absence of parliamentary elections over there, plus the increase in clashes day after day in Al-Mansoura and Kafr Al-Sheikh and Al-Sharqiya. These clashes will increase with time because the presidency and the government as well as the Freedom and Justice Party don't care about these problems. What's happening in Egypt is chaos and injustice, and killing youth. What the Presidency, government and Brotherhood care about is to accuse the elections in any way. All that I've mentioned and what will happen will only have one effect which is that once the first session of the unconstitutional parliament is held, they will not be allowed to enter. Thousands of people will gather to stop them whoever they are and however they are protected as well as to protect the Parliament itself. The Ministry of Interior and the military forces will fail to protect them and so the Brotherhood will start to act, as their Murshid will order their Militias to protect the Parliament.

  • طاهر الزين

    2013-3-8

    I hope you apply coupons based on the car’s make as well as the CC capacity and not only the CC, as many old cars have a high CC while their value is low, and one who drives the same make with a 1600 CC receives welfare. How is that possible?

  • سمر مرسى

    2013-3-8

    Nobody can deny the increasing crisis of gasoline and oil in Egypt, due to the smuggling of diesel and gas and their being sold on the black market in Egypt. This does not ensure the rights of the Egyptians, but what will actually happen will make Egyptians feel safe and comfortable about their shares of diesel and gas, because each one will get his own share that is assigned to him. There will be no need to take more than one's share or to sell it on the black market; therefore, there must be permanent monitoring.

  • سمير المرسى

    2013-3-8

    We all know that the crisis of gasoline and gas is not the Brotherhood's alone. Unfortunately, this crisis is very ancient, and this is because the Ministry of Petroleum does not care. You remember the former Minister of Petroleum, Sameh Fahmi, and you certainly know that he looted a lot from the country's wealth. We are waiting to see how he will be judged for that! May God take revenge on him! Now we have to struggle a lot so we can restore some of our rights that were lost. Today everyone is out to exploit the crisis of gasoline and gas and earn profits; therefore the government issued the project of coupons. Actually I don't see it as a difficult project. To the contrary, I support this project strongly, because it will serve this category of citizens who are unable to get gasoline or gas, and therefore they are forced to go and get it on the black market at the highest prices. Thus, these coupons will save time and effort, which is a very advanced way of thinking, in order to enable us to complete other projects of the renaissance. It is quite certain that when the owners of a vehicle or any other means of transportation use gasoline and gas, we must realize that the conditions of Egyptians will clearly improve, because each one will get his own share and nobody will take the others' share, so there will be no overcrowded gas stations. But there is another problem that is not being taken into consideration, which is that of the fishermen’s boats. These boats smuggle gasoline to big ships in the open sea, and this causes a permanent shortage of gasoline and gas and reduces profits. Therefore, there must be supervision and monitoring via marine inspection, because these boats are supposed to go out for fishing, not for smuggling gasoline and gas.

  • باسم محمد

    2013-3-8

    We don’t know and we’ve never read or watched any of the wealthy countries coming to Egypt’s rescue. I’ve got a simple analysis that is becoming clearer. Go to Iran; history is repeating itself, like when Gadhafi stopped supplying Egypt with oil during the war, because they didn’t tell him about the time of the beginning of the operations and the attack plans, so he pulled out his sixteen war planes and his oil supply, because the ball is in the court of the oil-exporting Arab countries now; don’t blame the Egyptians.

  • لطيف شندل

    2013-3-7

    O, Morsi, the only thing that is left for you to do is to sell us the air in shares, even that would not be enough for you! You are doing things that we don't understand; if only we could get one day of your days, Mubarak. They said you were a thief; it seems that he was a thief, because he was feeding us. Now the country is going backwards every day because of the strange resolutions he undertakes. The problem is that there are a lot of people who wouldn't like this system at all. As for fueling the cars in rations in this way, nothing will work in the country, and everything will be more expensive due to the amounts being allocated for each car. Now, whenever a car has a specific amount and then when this amount is depleted, then if the car wants to work, then it should buy at the unsubsidized price, and this will be at the expense of the customer. This will be a great problem, as the car owner will require more money at all times, because of the allocated quantities of fuel. The customer will not ask each time if the fuel is subsided or from the free market. This is awful, and the prices will get higher. For example, if I would talk about the vegetables, for example, one kilo of tomatoes, which usually costs 1 Egyptian pound, can possibly cost 2 pounds. The reason is simple: it is because the diesel became more expensive! As you wish! This will leave a lot of room for corruption, and everything will be at the expense of the citizen. I swear by God, this is prohibited. Also, we forgot the Fisheries, which will also have double prices, as when these boats have a specific amount of subsidized fuel, it will not be enough. The fish will be more expensive, and that is a main meal in all households. Also transportation will be more expensive, as the minibus owner will either increase his fees or he will park his car. This will lead to a great problem, which is the lack of cars, and people won't be able to go to their jobs, or they will have to pay double fees to get there. Really, people will really suffer hard times, and this will be a great problem.

  • حمزة قاسم

    2013-3-7

    I support the rationing of subsidies on fuel, but this needs to be applied in a fair way between those who have a car with a small-capacity gas tank, and those who have cars with a big-capacity tank. One may say that whoever has a car with a big-capacity tank is a rich person who can afford to pay the required price without any trouble; but I would say that not everyone who has a car of this type is very rich, especially if he bought it according to the market conditions at the time of the purchase, and after accounting for his operating expenses. So I suggest that the subsidies be for all cars, whatever their liter capacity is, with a maximum of 1500 liters a year, and for anything beyond that, the increase will be applied. This is quite fair, as whoever owns a car with less than 1600 cc may not consume this much gasoline during the year, and whoever has a car with a big-capacity tank may consume this much in nine months, and he would make up the price difference for the rest of the year. Another point: what is the concept of a family in applying this, especially since it is specified that there is only one car per family? So, would the son who has finished his studies but is not married yet and is still living with his parents be considered as one of the family members to whom the concept of one car would be applied?

  • عبد المجيد حازم

    2013-3-7

    The removal of subsidies for diesel and gasoline will affect the poor people, because all the goods are transported from production areas to the outlets, and the increase will be borne by the consumer. This means that in the end, the poor people are going to suffer.

  • كرم جابر

    2013-3-7

    Removing aid from power sources and increasing taxes, those are the conditions that were given by the International Bank in order to give Egypt the loan. The Muslim Brotherhood will execute the plan after the parliamentary elections, meaning after they've gotten all of the Egyptian idiots’ votes, and there are many of them.

  • طارق فواز

    2013-3-7

    I hope so, so that we can all rise up and revolt and get rid of our mess. You've made us regret getting rid of Mubarak.

  • شادي قصي

    2013-3-7

    I am completely sure that the Muslim Brotherhood government is doing all it can, because the gas stations in Egypt need more rehabilitation, and they need plans to gradually increase the amount of oil in Egypt. We know that the coupon system will determine for the people the amount they can get, so that they can't get more or less than that, so it will cover all of their needs by the beginning of July.

  • راشد معاذ

    2013-3-7

    I swear this government will set this country on fire. How come I had to buy a car with money I earned from the sweat of my brow and the (transportation) minister declares that he will no longer subsidize petrol and the only option is to switch to gas? But the number of petrol stations that pump gas is limited to begin with, so he must first make gas stations available and only then should we be asked to switch to gas. But then how did Mubarak manage to run this country and how was he able to subsidize fuel if he was engaged in misappropriation of public funds while you are the decent ones? What happened to the subsidies that Mubarak used to provide now that you have outlawed embezzlement and managed to save public funds? You are really destroying this country with your decisions and I myself will take to the street to reject these acts of theft and these nonsensical decisions made by the government. Folks, please first combat feudalism and abolish the middleman role played by businessmen who are in control of the nation’s wealth and are making millions in profits on a daily basis. They make these profits off of public properties, such as ports, agencies and monopolizing many products, such as animal feed, grains and others. By doing so, you will be able to save a lot. But fuel is indispensible to everyone, rich and poor alike. How can a teacher like me drive a car an entire day with 5 litters of petrol, knowing that my workplace is 1290 km away from my residence? Should I beg others so that I can fill my (used) car with petrol and then go to my work and arrive on time without getting late by taking public transportation? We have suffered a great deal to buy the car, but when I managed to buy it, I was surprised to learn that His Excellency the minister has decided not to subsidize fuel anymore. I’m wondering whether 5 litters are enough for the minister and his children. That is my question to him and I want an answer from him.

  • حاتم سامي

    2013-3-7

    We elected a president who memorizes the Quran… Is this Islam, Mr. President? Or is it the first IMF condition, you people of Islam? Isn’t memorizing the Quran implying mercy on God’s servants and justice and knowing your worth? So if you’re not worthy, just leave. We need to create a balance in the economy and development by improving your resources, not from people’s blood, and not by lying about a delusional development plan to get elected, and whoever says no to it, you’d accuse him of being an infidel, while hiding behind the book of God, which is innocent, you merchants of the religion. You attracted people with bright promises, and then you don’t keep them, and you say you’re an elected president? You lost your legitimacy the day you refused to do everything that you promised. We are not asking for a chalet in Marina or a Mercedes to ride in; we just want to raise our children and live in dignity in our country, or at least to go back to the previous conditions. God damn you; you’re a curse to us. You are sick people who want to project your diseases on the people, who thought that you would save them and voted them into power.

  • أيوب باهر

    2013-3-7

    To give support only to those who deserve it; what the government is doing is the right thing, despite the attacks they’re facing because of it. It is the real solution to balance a budget that has been drained by support. Thus, lowering the state support will prevent the losses and allow some people to have access to the state support, and this is the role of the state; that is, to insure social justice. In my opinion, giving everybody what he needs in terms of fuel without any increase in the prices is a lot better than this randomness.

  • أمجد ماضي

    2013-3-7

    Shame on you; the minister is not paying for the gas in his car, while it’s proven that the government is a failure. He should go on foot on the streets, so he could get a feel of what the prices are like. Unfortunately, I supported President Mohamed Mursy, but I discovered that he is Mohamed Mursy Mubarak. He doesn’t know what the people are facing and he is building an economy on the ruins of a people. This revolution is dead. You destroyed the country. God be merciful to this people and keep them safe from your wrath.

  • إيهاب رشاد

    2013-3-7

    We started a revolution to get some respite, but we got people who are unfair to the people and who are even worse than the previous ones. If this news is true, then may God help us. They exhausted the population and instead of making development their main target, they are aiming at raising funds, even if it’s from the blood of the people.

  • غاده عبد الرازق

    2013-3-7

    May God send his wrath on you, Mursy, your family and your tribe. God has sent you as a punishment for us. What are you, a demon in a form of a human being? How can you sleep at night? Have you any conscience? So, how much will bus and metro tickets be? Or will you give checks to people? How much will the vegetables cost? And the minimum wage is what? 10000 - ten thousand pounds? Seriously, may God help us with you and your advisers; would you just leave? What evil are you bringing? Who told you that we want the loan you are running after to give to the mercenaries who are working with you? We don’t want it.

  • عمار المنفلوطى

    2013-3-7

    Higher prices for gasoline and diesel only mean higher prices for all the other products that we consume, because they are all transported from the farms or the factories to where they are sold and consumed. This will lead to higher prices for bread, vegetables and fruits, because they all require gasoline and diesel; the same thing goes for electrical products, electricity and water. May God have mercy on us and save us from the rising expenses.

  • أنور مراد

    2013-3-5

    Thus, the people fall in a disaster! Because the prices of the project and the bus will change as all the trucks transporting vegetables, fruits and flour use gasoline. This way the people with limited income will be killed quietly (47%)!!! This is what was mentioned in - The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – which is planned to get rid of the poor because the problems of the world will be solved by getting rid of the poor and the rest (the rich) will live in prosperity and the world will become calmer. The power and water will be available and global warming and ozone depletion will decrease. So, let the poor in the world go to Hell!

  • حمزة قاسم

    2013-3-5

    There is no doubt that oil prices are globally in line with any suggested price, but we have a big problem and that is the per capita income reflects a very weak economy. So, how can we commit to the global prices while the per capita income is very low?! This is considered suicide for the Egyptian government and a revolution that no person would remain silent about, whether he understands or not because fuel is the basis of life for transportation, industry, travel and the economy. The government should reconsider the idea of fuel and its distribution. As for managing the budget deficit, it requires to create an investment climate first and to open great opportunities for production and reformation of the administrative system for the Egyptian product which suffers from major weakness. There has to be allocation of lands for industrial zones with world-class specifications, freeing the State from regulations and laws that disable all the growth and investment and reprogramming administrative employees of Egypt in the sectors of production, industry and trade and changing the perception of subsidy to direct it to the individual and not to the item. For example, bread does not go to those who deserve it because it is stolen and smuggled as it is tied to the commodity. But if it is associated with the person, he will not steal it as the subsidy would go to the individual. For example, in the support sector the subsidies go to the people, so there are no thefts except in sources like procurement and tenders. As for, the distribution it is safe and the same should be applied on bread, gasoline and medicine. They should be directed to the individual through a high-tech system linked to the joints of the State’s ministries. It should be on the national card for each person. So, the people entitled to subsidy will be known in terms of the type of work they do, their income and what they deserve and all information about them because we are facing major technical backwardness. You can have multiple national cards with different numbers, addresses, phone numbers and jobs. Everything can be done without any information or links between you and the government except what you need and want. This is a huge mistake for a nation that has leaderships and professional departments. I hope the government would be able to do that quickly. By doing so, no citizen who owns a car, a lessor, a property owner,...

  • عبد المجيد حازم

    2013-3-5

    Subsidy cuts and tax increases will lead to a substantial increase in the prices of goods which is postponed until after the parliamentary elections. By then, the Muslim Brotherhood would fool the people and have control and let the people go to hell.

  • رائد نادر

    2013-3-5

    With the beginning of the implementation of this privatization, petrol stations will really witness a lot of crises since it is difficult for Egyptians to understand these new issues, particularly under the current poor economic conditions. However, the Government is also unable to pursue the process in light of the low prices of gasoline and diesel. In fact, one liter of water is more expensive than one liter of gasoline or diesel. Besides, the State cannot increase subsidies since it is not able to meet this continued deficit in the budget.

  • حازم مؤيد

    2013-3-5

    Dr. Ashraf Arabi, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, has declared the implementation of the program of cutting subsidies on gasoline 80.90, 92, by the beginning of next April in addition to examining the reduction of the types of gasoline products in the market to 3 types only. He has also announced the introduction of smart cards system in distributing these gasoline types, whereby each 1600 cc car will get 1,800 liters per year, i.e. 150 liters per month, which is equivalent to 5 liters per day. Those who get more than this amount will buy at another price.

  • عبد العزيز محمد

    2013-3-4

    “The dollar will continue rising up to 10 pounds/dollar in the next few months.” He added, “The resignation of El Oqda came as a result of his refusal to declare Egypt’s bankruptcy, and also the resignation of the chairman of the National Bank, after government withdrawals from the depositors’ money had reached dangerous levels.”

  • سلطان برجس

    2013-3-4

    Unfortunately, the statements of the Minister of Planning were not well planned. He canceled the subsidies on 95% petrol which would make the users of this product resort to cheaper products. In this case, the petrol stations would have an overstock. Eventually, the prices will rise. The authorities must plan to allocate ten-liter subsidized quotas per day for all car owners. The price of the rest could be free. However, the authorities must also plan to monitor the uncontrolled market. Indeed, the oil prices are skyrocketing. We should bear in mind that price rises in oil would affect the prices of all commodities. These are only the ABC’s of economic policies. I hope that the Planning Minister is aware of these facts.

  • رعد حمودي

    2013-3-4

    Not enough ... You know quite well that this is not enough ... Don’t try to fool us… You must restructure the prices of all petrol derivatives... It is also necessary to remove the subsidies on Petrol 92 too... You must also reduce the subsidy on the Petrol 90 and increase the supply, together with Diesel 80. The subsidies on the fuel must be cancelled for tourism facilities, mobile networks, and yachts. The authorities should find a method to ensure that only the needy get the subsidies.

  • إحسان بهية

    2013-3-4

    In Egypt, the oil producing nation, only the upper classes afford for Octane 95. Good God. We, in Emirates, consider the 98 octane costly while it is designed to the ordinary cars only. Praise and thanks be to God!

  • لطيف شندل

    2013-3-4

    This is just the first step and the coming is worse. The oil price increase economically means the increase of the price and living cost inflation. In the future, we should wait for more subsidies and tax removal in addition to privatization and internal and external loan demands.

  • حمزة قاسم

    2013-3-4

    It is a news feeler and will be followed by the removal of subsidies on a number of supply material, electricity, fuel and taxes as the country is on the verge of bankruptcy. In fact, there are not any developments or reform plans but loans to pay the government bills and the interest on these debts.

  • عادل كامل

    2013-3-4

    This is the result of 40 years of deception, corruption, and planning to keep Egyptians in poverty, ignorance and backwardness. Thus, what we are witnessing today are natural reactions of people who have fallen prey to this hellish plan. In fact, many people in our communities have become ready to do anything in order to earn money and make personal profits, unfortunately, even at the expense of their neighbors.

  • منار سليمان

    2013-3-4

    I wish they would cancel subsidies on Petrol 92 since it is neither used in the transportation of goods nor by taxis. They should allocate the saved money to improve transportation. They should also cancel subsidies on the energy of exporting companies to save about 300 million pounds. This amount of money is sufficient to increase the salaries of 50 thousand poor workers by 500 pounds per month.

  • على زايد

    2013-3-4

    It is a successful step and we pray Allah to privatize most of the public services since we are fed up with the failure of the Government in running public projects and services. We approve of supporting the Government but we strongly disapprove of the State’s management of public projects and services.

  • مهند المطيرى

    2013-3-4

    Coupons have become needed in everything. It seems that decision makers do not know Egyptians well. People have really got bored of the routine and queues. Everything has become difficult. As far as I am concerned, when I compare life outside to the life of Egyptians, I really feel very sad. As if they are torturing people in everything so that they will die of narrowness and choking. In this respect, when all vehicles get their oil supplies using a coupon or a specific share, I wonder what the service cars, taxis and buses should do when they run out of petrol. I believe that this will bring about a crisis in people transportation. In fact, if they buy petrol at an unsubsidized price, they will raise the transport fee on Egyptians who are suffering from price increase and the low salaries and unemployment. In so doing, the Egyptian Government will really harm people, even though it is expected to find solutions in order to develop the budget to increase subsidies rather than to cut subsidies on petrol. Petrol is responsible for the operation of everything in the country, and diesel in particular which is considered as the most important thing in the State. The Government thinks that by selling petrol at two prices, they will avoid corruption. However, they are not aware that there is not a limit for corruption since the petrol station owners could invent plenty of deceptions in order to sell diesel at an unsubsidized price. Therefore, the Muslim Brotherhood will really harm Egypt since they lack administrative experience. I wonder whether they expect people who have spent most of their lives in prison to govern such a populated country as Egypt. Let people who have elected them assume and become aware that Allah is right. I believe that the Muslim Brotherhood will not stay for a long time in office, God willing, as long as people will still witness such bitterness. I hope they will not wreak havoc in Egypt so as not to hamper the work of their successors.

  • عبد اللطيف الصقر

    2013-3-4

    I laughed a lot and smiled at adopting the same approach to deceive the world by claiming that there are subsidies which will be granted to people who deserve it. This is a good claim but I wonder what the reason is. Oil subsidies in Egypt amount to 11 billion pounds. The fact that subsidies on 95-92 essence are estimated by 500 million pounds and the 95 essence subsidies do not exceed 250 million pounds is something good and honorable when the 250 million pounds will grant support to those who deserve it and financial support to people and workers so that they will give up strikes and make life pink. In fact, instead of investigating the mafia of smuggling petrol inside the Ministry itself and its leaders in collaboration with petrol station owners, they are talking about petrol subsidies. This is really nonsense.

  • ماريان نبيل

    2013-3-3

    The gasoline in Egypt we sold at 2.5 LE, while it is about 1.5 Euros (equal to 12 LE) in Europe. On the other hand, the minimum threshold of salary in Egypt is 700 LE, while the minimum wage in the EU reaches 8 euros per hour, i.e. about 1408 euros monthly (equal to 11264 LE per month). This is unfair! Can you make the minimum salaries in Egypt reach this number and then you can do whatever you want. I stress that this is the least wage in Europe that any worker can get. If we transferred the salary into gasoline, the minimum salary in Europe can buy 938 liters, while the Egyptian minimum salary can buy 280 liters. Please, restore our money that was smuggled abroad. Please, restore our stolen rights. Restore our blood that was shed. We will meet on the Day of Judgment.

  • ماجد المصرى

    2013-3-3

    Comparison between the incomes in Egypt and Europe is wrong, and if you insist, then we can say that the current price of the gasoline is consistent with the income of the Egyptians, and raising it is unacceptable because this will cause many problems to the people with low income, and this would not affect the taxi driver or owner, but the customer, because they will raise the fare to cover the additional costs. In Egypt, we notice that there is no monitoring over the taxi and private transportation means fares. I wish that before thinking about such things to consider the wages and prices of the foods, which increased significantly. I hope that we would stop making comparison between us and the European states, because this is too inaccurate.

  • جيسى محمد

    2013-3-3

    I think this is really prohibited because everyone here analyzes as if he is the sales manager at Renault or Toyota, whose income is no less than 100,000 LE. (One hundred thousands Egyptian pounds). Of course, no one referred that prices of all goods will increase because of the increase in the price of the gasoline, and this is a given. We are expected to facilitate people’s affairs after the revolution rather than strangling them, because the only one who would suffer is the Egyptian citizen, whether he owns a car or not. if the Minister of Environment is going to leave within two weeks utmost, then why would he take such decisions, which cause real problems. We must know that the price of gas in Saudi Arabia is 45 halalas per liter in Saudi Arabia (equal to 73 piasters in Egypt). Why those economists did not make comparison with Saudi Arabia, despite the high income there. We seek God's help and support!

  • فارس احمد

    2013-3-3

    We are bored with the traditional pattern of thinking, which is outdated. Each minister comes to save some billions without thinking about any new project. He only thinks about the easy things, which is raising the prices of the services through lifting the subsidies, which is the only thing that the citizen gets from his country. The people pay the price for using the roads, fees of the education, because subsidized education is like the subsidized bread that is used as food for the chickens not the minds. Why we do not think about new projects to make use of our looted riches and establish factories in addition to attracting the international companies to decrease the unemployment and increase the income. When this happens, we will increase the subsidies not lift them.

  • نور حمدى

    2013-3-3

    The government’s subsidies to gasoline should be terminated in Egypt and it should be sold at the international price. However, the customs should be removed completely on the cars that work on gasoline and the same thing should be applied to their spare parts. Before that, public and comfortable transportation means should be provided under strict control. The majority of the transportation means must be owned by the state whether buses or minibuses, so as not to leave the citizen for exploitation by the microbuses’ drivers. I think that this solution would solve significant part of the traffic problem in Egypt. Thanks.

  • محمود عبد القادر

    2013-3-3

    Whenever the government needs money, it steals from the citizens and takes whatever it wants and the citizen has no right t object. Of course, the people are preoccupied with the political state and the new situation is imposed upon us. I wish that the presidential candidates would tell us what they intend to do regarding this issue, because this is really enough for us. Where are the economic programs?

  • محمود ذو الفقار

    2013-3-3

    I think that we need wisdom to avoid the explosion of the situation. Why do you not price Gasoline 85 at one pound/liter, gasoline 92 at 2.5 pounds/liter, and gasoline 95 at 5 pounds/liter. Then, an additional tax should be imposed upon the cars that exceed 1600 cm with 100%, the cars that exceed 2000 cm by 200%, and the cars that exceed 3000 cm by 300%, and so on. Those who need more powerful motors have to pay more because they are very rich. This is a reasonable increase and it may provide the required funds rather than the coupon system, which cannot be applied to the distribution of the gasoline as this step can undermine the stability and cause endless problems as if we are at war. Despite the poor performance of the Nazif government, it included smart people and they raised the prices of the gasoline and the taxes reasonably and did not cause any troubles. As for the circulated thoughts, they would cause unrest in the country.

  • امينة شلباية

    2013-3-3

    I swear we do not know what more they will do. Our living conditions deteriorated may God crush you. Everything became more expensive and finally they plan to apply the coupon system. What will happen if everything became with coupons? We will not be able to live normally. We have been suffering since the days of the deposed president and nothing has changed. We want to see stability in the country rather than inventing something new every time. We have to save the situation because we do not want to see the country bleeding in front of our eyes. Everything today is distributed with the coupons, but the problem is that the Egyptian people do not find the gasoline, or diesel. Irrespective of the coupon system applied by the government, there is no use because the smuggling never stops and the black market thrives. We need to think a little and I see that the coupon system will not work and stop it, because they try to make the poor Egyptians rationalize the consumption, while those who live in bliss and enjoy all the riches of Egypt enjoy their live as usual. We are supposed to go to the gas station with a coupon and demand our share in gasoline and diesel? What if the gas ran out? Should we put life on hold until our turn comes again or what? This is the first time I see this, and since the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power, they provide us with everything with a dropper, despite the fact that everything we expected the opposite when we elected them. We expected the new president and government would fix our affairs but it seems that we will not find any change at all.

  • معوض إسماعيل

    2013-3-3

    When you provide world-class salaries to the Egyptians, you can then humiliate them by selling goods to them at the international prices. I also wish that you would steal from us according to the international code of theft rather than in the criminal way as is the current case in Egypt. This is enough, because you made us feel bored. However, we still love the revolution and we will clear the country and swipe you to take care of ourselves even for a while.