Tourism Minister: Egypt, China have common vision to achieve development in Africa
Saturday، 29 June 2019 - 02:48 PM
Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat said the political leadership in Egypt and China has a common vision for achieving development in Africa and boosting cooperation between Cairo and Beijing.
She made the remarks during a meeting with the deputy governor of the Chinese city of Tianjin on the sidelines of her participation in the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo being held in central China's Hunan Province.
During the meeting, attended by Egyptian Ambassador to China Osama el Magdob, the tourism minister said the Egyptian government is keen on fostering cooperation with China and strengthening ties with African states, with a view to bringing about the desirable economic growth and creating jobs.
She noted that the Egyptian government selected a high-profile delegation to attend the expo, with the aim of pushing forward bilateral cooperation in the different economic, trade and investment areas, as well as opening up new markets for ِAfrican and Chinese services and goods.
Egypt's participation in the event comes within the framework of the government's efforts to attract further investments to support the underway mega national projects, notably the Suez Canal's industrial zone, Mashat said.
The tourism minister pointed out that she will review Egypt's potential in the sectors of agriculture, trade, investment, industry and tourism during her participation in an investment conference, to be organized on the fringe of the expo.
With regard to the tourism sector, el Mashat asserted that tourism industry represents around 20% of the country's GDP, calling the Chinese tourism market as one of the key promising markets for Egypt.
For his part, the deputy governor of China's Tianjin welcomed the Egyptian delegation led by the tourism minister, lauding the Beijing-Cairo historical ties based on trust, mutual respect, support and partnership.
He stressed that his country is committed to fostering cooperation with Egypt as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, citing the Chinese industrial zone in the Suez Canal area.
Tianjin will seek during the coming period to boost cooperation with the Egyptian government in the Suez Canal corridor area, as well as assisting Chinese companies that are eager to invest there, the Chinese official added.