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EGYPT - Decision Maker Profile - Dr. Atef Obeid.

The Prime Minister since October 1999, Dr. Obeid is the second highest ranking member of the SCE. Occasionally, he deputises for the president in chairing SCE meetings. It was the SCE which first approved Egypt upstream/downstream gas strategy and Master Plan to the Year 2017 (see Obeid's profile in Gas Market Trends).

The Petroleum Minister, Eng. Sameh Fahmi who has been in this post since October 1999, is the person who appoints the chairman and board members of the ministry's executive arm, EGPC. But his appointment of the EGPC chairman must be ratified by President Mubarak after approval by Prime Minister Obeid.

More than his predecessor Dr. Banbi, Fahmi is accelerating the shift to natural gas for domestic energy and is aggressively promoting gas exports. He is expected to appoint a new chairman for EGPC to succeed Abdel Khaleq Ayad, who should go into retirement before May 2000 (see profiles of Fahmi and his aides in OMT). The Director of the Minister's Office is Mohammed Abu Zeid, who was brought in by Fahmi.

The Minister of Electricity & Energy, Dr. Ali Fahmi Al Saidi who has been in this post since October 1999, plays an important role in the gas sector in his capacity as a key member of the SCE (see profiles on following pages).
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Publication:APS Review Downstream Trends
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Date:Jan 24, 2000
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