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Egypt's expansion of no-bid contracts raises ethical issues

The Egyptian government issued a decision allowing the disposal of state-owned lands through direct agreement without putting them up for public bidding, which some critics say invites corruption.
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CAIRO — Egypt is expanding its use of no-bid sale, lease and licensing of state-owned property to investors, companies and even private citizens, raising concern among human rights activists and public affairs observers who believe the decision opens up the possibility of corruption and favoritism.

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly issued a decree effective Aug. 31 allowing the disposal of state-owned property by government agencies by direct agreement, saying the action aims to meet the social and economic requirements of the public interest.

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