Cairo – Mubasher: Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation hosted representatives of 29 government agencies at the Ministry’s headquarters to discuss preparations and kick off the joint Egyptian-Iraqi committee that is expected to be held soon and is headed by the prime ministers of the two countries, according to a statement on Tuesday.
The meeting was chaired by Tariq El-Shaarawi, advisor to the Minister of International Cooperation and Supervisor of the Arab and African Cooperation Sector, and was attended by representatives of the following ministries and agencies: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Transport, Agriculture, Health, Housing, Petroleum, Electricity, Solidarity, Communications, the Central Bank of Egypt, Justice, Finance, Civil Aviation, Manpower, Planning, Military Production, Higher Education, Enterprises Development Agency, Consumer Protection Agency, General Authority for Investment, Industrial Development Authority, Federation of Egyptian Industries, Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, Egyptian Federation of Investors Associations, and Egyptian Federation for Construction and Building Contractors.
During the meeting, the agenda for the Egyptian-Iraqi Higher Committee was reviewed, and it was agreed that the committee should reflect the tripartite presidential summit between Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, which aims to deepen bilateral ties and enhance economic diplomacy among Arab countries.
Through strengthened cooperation, the joint committee will encourage investments between the countries, particularly in industry, agriculture, energy, tourism and construction.
The Minister of International Cooperation, Rania El-Mashat, met with the Ambassador of Iraq in Cairo and permanent representative to the Arab League, Ahmed Nayef Al-Dulaimi, in September, to discuss developments of the Egyptian-Iraqi Joint Higher Committee, in which emphasised Egypt’s keen interest to grow relations with Iraq in all economic cooperation aspects.