Monday, July 4, 2016

Amid glut of Chinese wares, Egypt merchants laud increased tariffs on imports

By Betsy Hiel

TRIBLIVE | Saturday, June 25, 2016

CAIRO — Shops in the medieval-era bazaar known as the Khan el Khalili are filled with reproductions of Egyptian artifacts and other souvenirs, brass lamps, colorful cloth and intricate jewelry, much of it handmade.  Off the bazaar's main street, where men sell restaurant equipment and food carts to street vendors, a workman hammers an enormous copper basin in a darkened stall.  Walid Abdel Gawad, 40, sits in his family-owned lantern shop. His stock includes elaborately designed lanterns traditionally sold and used during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims break their daylong fast at family or community feasts.  He expects business to pick up this season after years of struggling.