GEM pre­pares for high-level in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion at open­ing cer­e­mony

Ja­panese co-fi­nanced project to be com­plete by De­cem­ber, open end-Jan­uary

The Daily News Egypt - - Business -

Tarek Taw­fik, gen­eral su­per­vi­sor of the Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum (GEM), told Daily News Egypt that the mu­seum is pre­par­ing for high­level in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion at the GEM’s open­ing, planned for the end of Jan­uary 2019.

Taw­fik added that he has fully co­or­di­nated with many other min­istries for the open­ing, like the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Min­istry of In­vest­ment and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, and Min­istry of Tourism, as well as the pres­i­dency. How­ever, the mu­seum’s con­struc­tion is planned to be com­plete by De­cem­ber.

Taw­fik noted that ticket prices have not been de­ter­mined yet, adding,“we have a com­mit­tee which is study­ing ticket sug­ges­tions, but the prices will be at the global av­er­age for for­eign­ers and af­ford­able for Egyp­tian fam­i­lies and cit­i­zens.”

Khaled El-Anany, Egypt’s an­tiq­ui­ties min­is­ter, said re­cently that he re­ceived gov­ern­men­tal sup­port of EGP 3bn in one year, which was spent on many ma­jor projects, in­clud­ing the GEM, adding, “the gov­ern­men­tal fi­nan­cial sup­port al­lowed us to re­sume the work [on the GEM].The per­cent­age of com­ple­tion was 20% 24 months ago, but it in­creased to about 75% now,”

“We have al­ready se­cured 90% of the needed cost from both the Ja­panese and Egyp­tian sides, which is why you can note re­mark­able de­vel­op­ments at the site now,” noted Taw­fik.

Mean­while, he said that in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the GEM’s man­age­ment ten­der, sched­uled to be an­nounced by June.

Taw­fik added that the GEM is now pre­par­ing for the planned ten­der’s con­tract terms, say­ing, “the best tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial of­fer will win the ten­der.The com­pany will be re­spon­si­ble only for its man­age­ment, un­der the con­trol of the GEM’s eco­nomic au­thor­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Egyp­tian law on an­tiq­ui­ties.”

In Oc­to­ber 2016, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Sa­har Nasr re­ceived let­ters of in­tent for the GEM project from the Ja­pane­seAm­bas­sador to Egyp­tTake­hiro Ka­gawa, es­ti­mated by ¥46.409bn (about $450m), to re­sume the con­struc­tion of the GEM, ac­cord­ing to a min­is­te­rial press re­lease.

The GEM is sit­u­ated only 2 km away from the an­cient pyra­mids of Giza. It is be­ing built on a plot of land of ap­prox­i­mately 117 fed­dans, about 480,000 sqm.

The new mu­seum will pay homage to per­ma­nent an­cient Egyp­tian mon­u­ments, trea­sures, and his­tory. It will house over 100,000 arte­facts. Of those,about 3,500 be­long to the fa­mous King Tu­tankhamun, ac­cord­ing to the GEM’s of­fi­cial web­site.

The GEM is sit­u­ated only 2 km away from the an­cient pyra­mids of Giza. It is be­ing built on a plot of land of ap­prox­i­mately 117 fed­dans, about 480,000 sqm

Tarek Taw­fik, gen­eral su­per­vi­sor of the Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum

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