If a monument to revolution is ever built in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the face of Ahmed Ezz should be carved upon it. That, at least, is the opinion of one Egyptian activist, who credits the widely hated former steel magnate – Egypt’s most important political power-broker under the Mubarak regime, now beginning a 10-year jail sentence for corruption – for helping spark the mass social unrest that eventually toppled the dictatorship back in February. “Ezz embodied everything that was wrong with Mubarak’s crony capitalism. If it wasn’t for people…
01Dina El-Khachab and Heba El-Gabaly
10Gamal El-Din Sadek
15Ali Ali and Maged Nassar
17Hind Wassef and Nadia Wassef
Key issues and improvements for the interim government
Improve transport links
Egypt’s traffic-snarled road network stifles productivity, so a major upgrade is necessary.
Get tourism back on its feet
The tourism industry is Egypt’s biggest foreign exchange earner, but has stumbled since the uprising.
Stamp out corruption
Trials of former regime fraudsters are a good start, but confidence must be rebuilt from top to bottom.
Get out of Cairo
Coloquially Egyptians use the same Arabic word for their country as they do for their capital; it’s time other cities became centres of growth.
Encourage the diaspora
Egyptians around the world have the money, contacts and ideas to help rebuild their country.
Start saving water
Egypt needs more water to expand both industry and agriculture, but levels of waste are shocking.
Support small business
A wealth of skill and potential lies in the nation’s vast informal and small business sector.
Exploit regional support
Egypt once led the region and it could do so again, but only with help from new allies such as Turkey.
Announce a concrete timetable for transition
The military junta needs to state clearly when and how a civilian government will take power.