Cairo – Mubasher: Preparatory Experts meetings for the 29th Joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee began on March 20 in the Jordanian capital, Amman, chaired by Tariq Al-Shaarawi, Adviser to the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation and Supervisor of the Arab and African Cooperation Portfolio; and the Secretary-General of the Jordanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, Youssef Al-Shamali.
This comes in light of recent talks held between Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly and his Jordanian counterpart Bisher Al Khasawneh, where they agreed that the joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee meetings would be held within the framework of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries, and trilateral cooperation between Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq.
Minister of International Cooperation Rania El- Mashat held a coordination meeting with the Jordanian delegation last February at the headquarters of the Ministry of International Cooperation, headed by Maha Ali, Jordan’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply. The meeting was attended by nine representatives from Egypt’s ministries, to prepare for the 29th Joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee, and to discuss details and technical features of the documents proposed to be signed in various fields. These documents aim to enhance joint economic, trade, and investment relations.
Experts from the Egyptian and Jordanian sides are working to discuss the proposed documents to be signed during the Higher Committee meetings, in addition to areas of joint cooperation, through various sub-committees: the Security, Political and Consular committee, the Economic and Trade Committee, and the committees of Energy, Transport, Agriculture, and Document Reviewing and Drafting. They also reviewed proposed areas of cooperation in several sectors, including irrigation, housing, etc.
Ministerial preparatory meetings are scheduled to be held today, through video conferencing, headed by El-Mashat, with the participation of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy; Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; Ministry of Trade and Industry; Ministry of Health and Population; Ministry of Supply and Internal Trading; and Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation,
From the Jordanian side, the Jordanian minister of industry, trade, and Supply, well attend alongside the Ministers of Transport, Agriculture, Energy and Mineral Resources and Health.
On Tuesday, the Higher Committee will convene, headed by Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly and Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh to witness the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation documents.
The Joint Higher Committees is considered one of the most important tools for economic diplomacy at the Ministry of International Cooperation. It is also the most effective one for establishing new bilateral cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and neighbouring Arab countries. The Ministry of International Cooperation supervises the preparation and organization of these committees at the ministerial and expert level.
The Egyptian-Jordanian Committee is the first joint Arab committee, as it began in the mid-1980s, and ever since, 28 sessions of the Joint Higher Committee were held. The most recent meeting was held in Cairo in July 2019 and it concluded with strengthened economic cooperation relations across various fields.