On 24 May 2017, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued the new law no. 94 of 2017 for Non-Governmental Organization.
The Law establishes a new agency called “the National Agency for Regulating the Work of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations” (the “Agency”) which shall be responsible for, among others, the following:
- handling the compliance process of existing NGOs;
- permitting the incorporation of new NGOs and controlling its activities, funding and cooperation’s fields;
- permitting the transfer and receiving of funding and donates from foreign entities;
- supervising and ensuring the disbursement of NGOs funds within its licensed purposes;
- receiving notifications relating to donations from Egyptian entities or individuals inside Egypt to NGOs subject to the NGO Law; and
- Allowing foreign NGOs to conclude protocols and cooperation agreements with any other entities inside Egypt.
The Agency’s board of directors shall be appointed by virtue of a Presidential Decree. The board shall include representatives of Egyptian’s top ministries and governmental bodies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior, Justice, the General Intelligence as well as representatives from the Central Bank of Egypt, the Money Laundering Unit and the Egyptian Supervisory Authority.
The Law provides for one-year transition period for existing associations and entities to comply with the new provisions, otherwise they may be dissolved by virtue of a decision from the competent court.
The executive regulation of the NGO Law is said to be issued within two months from its publication date.