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Egypt Minister of Supply Bassem Ouda Profile – Success Story Loathed by Salvation Front
Egypt Minister of Supply Bassem Ouda Profile – Success Story Loathed by Salvation Front
For long months, the so-called National Salvation Front rejected dialogue with the government and the Presidency, setting the most absurd pre-conditions, the latest of which is dismissal of the best and most efficient and dedicated Ministers.
Saturday, April 27,2013 18:02

Many questions were raised by the demand of Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the founder of the Constitution Party and the National Salvation Front (NSF), to sack the Minister of Supply as a pre-condition for talks with the government.


Facebook, a symbol of the January 25 Revolution, witnessed quick reactions, some of which accused the NSF of Brotherhood phobia, asserting that the NSF does not wish to see the Muslim Brotherhood successful in any way at all, while others agreed that the dedicated efforts of the industrious Minister lend support to the Brotherhood in all governorates across Egypt.

Bassem Ouda is one of the most prominent and active Ministers who – due to his unique performance – got the closest to the pulse of the Egyptian street. Since taking charge of the Ministry of Supply in January this year, Bassem Ouda was able to develop solutions to the most important problem of concern to the Egyptian people, which is bread. He was able, in a short period of time, to achieve price liberalization and to deliver government subsidies to deserving citizens, resolving the dilemma that many Egyptian ministers of supply before him failed to solve. Furthermore, Bassem Ouda quickly managed to solve the problem of subsidized flour smuggling.

However, what increased people’s admiration for Ouda was not the achievements of his ministry with regard to the bread issue alone, but his actions and spontaneous discourse, which some described as ‘humane’. For instance, when he surprised officials at Cairo University’s student dorms in an inspection campaign, moments after the news were out that expired meat were stored in the dormitory’s restaurant, the Supply Minister said he took full responsibility, and personally supervised the disposal of the meat.

Another of the Supply Minister’s notable acts is that when a number of bakery owners gathered to demonstrate at the doors of the ministry building in Qasr Al-Ainy Street and tried to storm it, he addressed the security forces stationed there at this time: "If they want to break into the Ministry, let them do that. It is easier to rebuild the ministry offices than face an injured demonstrator".

There is no doubt that the 43-year-old Minister of Supply Bassem Ouda – who is married, with four children – has become seriously busy since taking charge of the ministry. Nevertheless, this did not stop him from visiting his family once every week (according to press statements by his brother Ihab).

It is expected that, during his term, the wheat crop will be the greatest ever seen in Egypt in long decades. In his recent tours following the wheat yield, the minister announced special awards for the province with the largest wheat produce.

Bassem Ouda was born on March 16, 1970, into a moderate religious family. He has two brothers and three sisters. His father, Kamal Mohammed Ouda, was the head of one of the education departments of Menoufia province.

Despite his intense student activity at the University of Cairo, Ouda was graduated first of his class, and became a professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Systems, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, then Medical Engineering and Health Care Technology Consultant.

Immediately after the revolution, Dr. Ouda invented and developed the idea of popular committees formed by ordinary citizens from all walks of life to protect the homes, streets, mosques, churches and government facilities during the events of the revolution. He endeavored for this spirit to prevail bringing all the Egyptian people under one banner - to serve fellow citizens in their respective districts.

Dr. Ouda further helped with the establishment of the first popular committee in ​​Faisal district (Giza province), which took over management of the Coalition of Popular Committees in Giza Governorate, and which took responsibility for the successful first city cleaning campaign, attended by Governor of Giza Dr. Ali Abdel-Rahman.

Dr. Ouda – who took responsibility for the Fuel and Energy Committee in the Freedom and Justice Party – also invented the idea of forming committees to distribute butane (cooking) gas cylinders to areas as yet unconnected to the national natural gas networks. He contributed to the establishment of a committee for bread distribution and bakery supervision.

Before the revolution, Dr. Ouda served as Muslim Brotherhood student supervisor at Cairo University. He was one of the first Muslim Brotherhood leaders to participate in the January 25 Revolution, over 18 days, and stood up to the thugs in the notorious Camel Battle, where he was seriously injured in the head, a wound that required more than 10 stitches.

 

tags: Egypt / Revolution / Bassem Ouda / ElBaradei / Constitution Party / Egyptian People / Egyptian Ministers / Demonstrator / Supply Minister

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