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CAIRO, September 23, 2018 (MENA) - Japan's Ambassador to Egypt Masaki Noke has hailed as unique the project of Japanese schools in boosting understanding and co-operation between the two countries.

Tokyo, represented by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), co-operates with the Egyptian Ministry of Education to sign teachers and experts to train Egyptian staffers on the Japanese educational system, the diplomat told MENA.

The system focuses on teaching pupils basics of discipline, commitment and respect for time, he noted.

It develops their abilities for thinking, deduction and finding solutions, not just memorisation, he said, adding that Japan considers schools  a place not only for learning, but to raise students morally, intellectually and physically.

He hailed, in return, "Egyptian human capital" saying that the development of this element is pivotal.

The Japanese diplomat lauded Egypt's role in the Middle East, and said that his country wishes to foster its strategic dialogue with Cairo especially as regards Middle East issues.

CAIRO, September 17, 2018 - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted on Monday Egypt's keenness on intensifying co-operation with Italy in various fields in a way that reflects historical relations and links between the peoples of the two countries.

The president's assertion of this attitude was highlighted during his meeting with President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico. Attending the meeting were House of Deputies Speaker Dr Ali Abdel Aal and Rome's Ambassador to Cairo Giampaolo Cantini, Presidency Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi said.

The current visit to Cairo by the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies is the fourth high-level mission to the Egyptian capital in less than two months. Called ' Camera dei deputati' in Italian, the Chamber is a house of the bicameral Parliament of Italy and the Senate of the Republic.

During the meeting, President Sisi welcomed the top Italian parliamentarian and expressed willingness to consolidate parliamentary relations and intensify the exchange of visits between officials of the two countries. President Sisi also highlighted that such visits constitute a good opportunity to push forward cooperation and the exchange of viewpoints at various levels, Spokesman Radi said.

The meeting also included discussion on the case of the Italian student Giulio Regeni, Spokesman Radi said, adding that President Sisi reiterated in this regard Egypt's keenness on reaching the truth, the commitment of  Egyptian authorities to full transparency with the Italian side and co-operation between the Egyptian Public Prosecution and its Italian equivalent.

President Sisi also directed that any obstacles undermining ongoing investigations be removed so that the case can be settled and the perpetrators be identified and brought to justice.

On illegal migration, President Sisi asserted that Egypt proved it is a pioneering, credible partner in the field of combatting illegal migration and had taken effective measures at the legislative and economic levels to secure borders and control its coasts, in effect  stopping the flow of illegal migration from Egyptian borders since 2016.

For his part, the Italian official expressed gratification over his visit to Egypt and his meeting with President Sisi, asserting historical and long-standing relations between the two countries and the recent development of co-operation between them especially in the economic and trade field, Spokesman Radi said.

Mr Fico said that he is looking forward to intensifying co-operation in the parliamentary field in a way that contributes to enhancing bilateral relations and pushing these relations forward to new horizons, the Presidency Spokesman said.

Mr Fico also expressed his country's appreciation of Egypt's strong will to reach the truth which both sides are now searching for, as well as Egypt's willingness to arrest the perpetrators of the crime through co-operation – a matter that will have positive effect on the Italian public opinion. He pointed out that he is looking forward to speeding up the settlement of the case in a way that contributes to pushing forward relations between the two countries and enhancing co-operation.


CAIRO, September 13, 2018 - Minister of Public Enterprise Sector Hisham Tawfiq had talks on Thursday with Russian trade representative in Cairo Nikolai Aslanov on means of boosting bilateral co-operation in the heavy industries domain.

In a statement yesterday, the minister said the talks tackled means of promoting co-operation between the ministry’s companies and the Russian side in various domains, especially car manufacturing industry.

The talks reviewed plans to develop El Nasr Automotive Manufacturing Company, he said, noting that no foreign investors would be allowed to buy stakes of the company.

He added that the development plan focuses on using more local components in car manufacturing.
Aslanov said Russian companies are interested in contributing to the development of El Nasr Automotive Manufacturing Company and auto-feeding industries.

BERLIN, September 1, 2018 (MENA) – Egyptian Ambassador to Germany Badr Abdel Aati discussed on Saturday with Minister President of Thuringia state Bodo Ramelow means of boosting investments and German tourism to Egypt.

The meeting was attended by a number of businessmen at Thuringia, who are interested in investing in Egypt in various fields, topped by clean energy, agriculture, information technology, transport, tourism, construction and health care.

Ramelow, along with the German businessmen, said they have a serious desire to cooperate with Cairo in all fields in light of the advantages offered in the Egyptian market.

The two sides also probed cementing relations in the university education field via partnerships between Egyptian universities and their German peers.

ALEXANDRIA, August 31, 2018 (MENA) – Alexandria University President Essam el Kordi on Friday discussed in a meeting with Cultural Attaché at the US Consulate General in Alexandria Michael Harker means of boosting bilateral cooperation in education field.

Kordi said that Alexandria University is keen on fostering cooperation with US universities, citing the recent cooperation protocol signed with the Ocean County College in the US state of New Jersey to activate the community colleges system in Egypt and develop modern technical programs for students in the fields needed for the labour market.

Those programmes will cover the sectors of Information Technology (IT), cubersecurity and telecommunications, Kordi added.

Alexandria University and the American University in Cairo will soon inaugurate two vocational development centres at the faculties of engineering and commerce to provide training courses for students, with the aim of upgrading their skills before entering into the labour market, he noted.

For his part, Harker said the US Consulate General is willing to offer different educational activities for university students, especially in the area of entrepreneurship.

The US official urged Alexandria University students to make good use of programs and initiatives granted by the US educational institutions for the Middle East.

By Gazette staff

CAIRO, August 28, 2018 - Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and his Sudanese counterpart Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed confirmed on Wednesday the depth of the relations that bind Cairo and Khartoum.

The foreign ministers made the statements at a joint news conference which was held at the end of their talks in Cairo on Wednesday. The statements also followed the meeting of the joint ministerial committee concerned with preparing for the meetings of the higher Egyptian-Sudanese committee which are scheduled to be held in Khartoum in October, under the chairmanship of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.

FM Shoukri pointed out that during the past two days, the ministers concerned with this file held expanded meetings in which the spirit of brotherhood and mutual appreciation prevailed. He said that relations between the two countries were sacred, strategic and of a special character.

The Sudanese foreign minister described relations between the two countries as a comprehensive strategic partnership and said he was looking forward to pushing forward relations to wider horizons for the sake of both countries and to serve the interests of the two peoples.

The top Sudanese diplomat also said that more efforts should be exerted to further promote ties between Egypt and Sudan. He added it was important for the joint ministerial committee to discuss all the aspects of co-operation.

Speaking of the achievements of the joint committee and the issue of water which is a source of concern for the Egyptian people, Minister Shoukri highlighted the progress made in the co-operation between Egypt and Sudan, in areas such as transport, railways, joint electricity networks, health and the exchange of expertise.

 “We appreciate that the ambitions of the two peoples are huge and the scope for co-operation is enormous, requiring study and planning,” he added.

The top Egyptian diplomat stressed the need for the pace of negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to be fast and to serve the interests of the three countries, in accordance with instructions issued by the leaders of the three countries during their latest meeting in Addis Ababa.

FM Shoukri praised the development of the historical relations between Egypt and Sudan and the positive results of the preparatory meeting of the joint committee at the level of senior officials, which was held in Cairo on August 7-8. He stressed the importance of putting into effect what had been agreed upon so that the people could benefit from co-operation in the field of development.

During the Egyptian-Sudanese ministerial committee meeting, discussions covered 20 draft agreements and memoranda of understanding, in preparation for signing them during the higher presidential committee meeting, which is due to be held in October.

The foreign minister said that it was important for the foreign ministers of both countries to meet regularly and said he was looking forward to visiting Khartoum to attend a meeting of the political consultation committee.

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