Engineer Ziad Al Makari, Lebanese Minister of Information, emphasized the historical relations that unite Egypt and Lebanon and the peculiarity of the relationship between the two brotherly peoples, pointing out that these relations are distinguished in many fields, whether cultural, media and political. This came during his visit to EMPC today, accompanied by a Lebanese media delegation. They were received by Abdel Fattah Al-Gibali, EMPC Chairman of the board, and a number of the city’s officials, after the meetings of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, hosted by Cairo over the past three days, ended.
Al-Makari expressed his happiness at visiting EMPC, this great media edifice, and the warm reception he received, expressing his hope to enhance cooperation between the two sides in the media and cultural fields, wishing that Beirut would be the capital of Arab media next year.
For his part, Abdel-Fattah Al-Gibali welcomed this visit, which comes within the framework of strengthening the bonds of friendship between the Arab brothers, and briefed the guest on EMPC scientific and technological capabilities, the most important activities in it, and its studios that are equipped with the latest technology, from which the most famous Arab and Egyptian satellite channels are broadcasted. During the meeting, Al-Gibali stressed that EMPC opens its arms to offer all its media and technological capabilities, in order to cooperate with the brothers in Lebanon in many common areas between the two sides.
Al-Gibali accompanied the guest and the accompanying delegation on a tour around EMPC which included the Up Skill Training and Development Center with its training rooms and art laboratories and the Center for the Restoration of Film Heritage, which preserves the audio-visual documentary heritage and protects it from damage and age. They also visited the Dolby Atmos studio, in which the sound is recorded with the latest technologies applied in the world in this field.
After that, the delegation headed to the outdoor shooting areas and watched the filming of a number of works and the equipment currently underway, including decorations and preparation of filming sites in different neighborhoods in preparation for the month of Ramadan. There, they met the great director Mohamed Fadel during the shooting of some of the scenes of his series "The Weeping Laughing", which is currently filmed in Imad El-Din neighborhood. The series depicts the biography of the great artist Naguib Al-Rihani, during the first half of the twentieth century. The minister and the accompanying delegation also visited the Alexandria neighborhood where the decorations for the series "London Batch" produced by MBC are being prepared.
At the end of the visit, Al-Gibali accompanied the guest minister and the accompanying delegation to visit a number of the channels’ studios located within EMPC premises including ON T.V studios. The guests were received by Mr. Albert Shafik, head of the ON T.V network. , who accompanied the delegation on a tour around the channel's various studios, and control room.
The delegation also visited the "Cairo and the People" channel, where they were received by the channel's general manager, Ahmed Afifi, and the Lebanese minister conducted a television interview for "Hadeeth al-Qahirah" program, which is broadcasted on the channel's screen.