MIIC signs two mar­itime MoUs with Ukraine

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Ha­gar Om­ran

Egypt’ s Min­is­ter of In­vest­ment and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, S ah ar Na sr, signed with the CEO of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Author­ity( US PA) Raivis Veck­a­gans, two mar­itime Mo Us be­tween the Ukrainian Odessa port and Alexan­dria and Egypt’s Dami­etta Port ,dur­ing the course of the sev­enth ses­sion of the Egyp­tian Ukrainian Joint Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic, Sci­en­tific, and Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion.

Nasr also signed a pro­to­col for the com­mit­tee’s works with Vice Prime Min­is­ter of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko, ac­cord­ing to a Satur­day’ min­is­te­rial state­ment ,not­ing that the meet­ing was held in Kiev and co-chaired by Nasr from Egypt and Rozenko from the Ukraine.

The meet­ing was held in the pres­ence of sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Egyp­tian min­istries in­clud­ing Trade and In­dus­try, Tourism, Mil­i­tary Pro­duc­tion, Trans­port, Civil Avi­a­tion, Fi­nance, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, Min­istry of Pub­lic En­ter­prise sec­tor.

The meet­ing’s at­ten­dees agreed on boost­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in all spheres with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Ukraine’s in­vest­ments in Egypt, said the state­ment, adding that there are 130 Ukrainian firms op­er­at­ing in Egypt which do not cor­re­spond to the am­i­ca­ble re­la­tions be­tween both coun­tries.

In­creas­ing Ukrainian tourists to Egypt was one of the im­por­tant is­sues which was dis­cussed, added the state­ment, not­ing that 800,000 Ukraini­ans tourists vis­ited Egypt in 2017 while 2018 is ex­pected to wit­ness an in­crease of the Ukrainian tourist num­bers.

Trade ex­change be­tween Egypt and Ukraine reached $2.3bn in 2017 while both coun­tries dis­cussed boost­ing Egypt’s ex­ports to Ukraine, men­tioned the state­ment.

Nasr en­sured Egypt’s en­thu­si­asm to strengthen bi­lat­eral re­la­tion with Ukraine, which is based on his­tor­i­cal roots and deep strate­gic part­ner­ship, adding, “the cur­rent meet­ing comes after 8 years,on the sev­enth ses­sion of the Egyp­tian-Ukrainian Joint Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic, Sci­en­tific, and Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion, which is an ob­vi­ous in­di­ca­tor that we are keen on boost­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.”

Fur­ther­more, Nasr noted that the Egyp­tian govern­ment pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to­wards im­prov­ing the coun­try’s busi­ness cli­mate, call­ing for the Ukrainian side to par­tic­i­pate in the new cities as well as projects in the Suez Canal Cor­ri­dor.

For his part, Vice Prime Min­is­ter of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko, said that Egypt is one of the lead­ing coun­tries that en­joys strate­gic re­la­tions with Ukraine, em­pha­sis­ing his coun­try’s keen­ness on boost­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with Egypt.

Over and above, Rozenko called on Egypt’s lead­er­ship to close their ports to ships car­ry­ing goods from Crimea (a penin­sula on the north­ern coast of the Black Sea) ,Ukrainian me­dia re­ported on Fri­day, fol­low­ing Rozenko’s meet­ing with Nasr.

“Ukraine is now un­der­go­ing dif­fi­cult times be­cause of the Rus­sian ag­gres­sion. In this dif­fi­cult strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, the sup­port of the African con­ti­nent, in par­tic­u­lar, Egypt, is of ut­most im­por­tance im­por­tant to us.

The meet­ing’s at­ten­dees agreed on boost­ing the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in all spheres with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Ukraine’s in­vest­ments in Egypt

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