The Egyptian Center for Public Policy (ECCPS), an Atlas Network partner based in Cairo, Egypt, has found that privatization of Egyptian sports clubs would increase the competitiveness of Egyptian sports teams and promote the establishment of more private sports teams in a number of sports.
“With an ongoing dialogue and a deepened understanding of various spectrum of topics, we hope to push the climate of intellectualism and the social political scene towards a more enlightened and improved direction,” said ECPPS Deputy Executive Director Ahmed Ragab.
ECPPS recently released research on the effects of privatization and held a subsequent public discussion forum on the topic.
Egypt’s football clubs have long been owned by government institutions. In order to comply with FIFA regulations, however, a new law has been passed to allow for private investment into football clubs while still retaining public ownership. Although many of the popular clubs have seen massive financial gains from the policy, the government has drastically increased its funding to some of the low-earning clubs so that they can remain competitive with the privately funded ones. This inefficient system uses taxpayer money and stunts the growth of new clubs that could perform better.
ECCPS hosted a roundtable event with representatives from Parliament, sports clubs, and political parties to discuss the benefits of a free-market approach to sports teams. “The goal of the roundtable event was to present our finding and policy papers to Egyptian decision and law makers, in order to move these files to the legislative body in Egypt, as a method of producing effective policies and laws to tackle and solve these challenges,” continued Ragab.
All in attendance agreed that the foundation of new and private sports teams would be a positive advancement for Egyptian sports.