The Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, said that the partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has succeeded – despite the decline in development cooperation last year due to the Corona pandemic – in completing many projects, including the agreement to develop the fourth line of the Greater Cairo Metro, and the inauguration of the Egyptian Japanese University For science and technology, and the resumption of the implementation of the new Dairout Barrages project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources.
This came during her meeting with Matsunaga Hideki, the regional director of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Middle East and Europe, on his first official visit to Egypt, in the presence of Omura Yoshifumi, the main representative of the JICA office in Egypt, and the officials of the office in Egypt, to discuss cooperation between the Republic of Egypt. The Arab League and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency “JICA”, within the framework of its work to promote areas of joint cooperation in various fields.
Matsunaga previously held the position of director of the authority’s office in Egypt from 2012 to 2015.
Rania Al-Mashat expressed her appreciation for the strategic relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and Japan, which were embodied during the Corona pandemic by providing the necessary medical and preventive tools to Egypt to combat the pandemic, through a grant of $ 9.3 million, in addition to many other aspects of cooperation.
Al-Mashat reviewed the strategy and work vision of the Ministry of International Cooperation, as the ministry works through the principles of economic diplomacy to push international partnerships in order to accelerate the pace of implementation of the sustainable development goals in Egypt, explaining that the joint projects that are implemented with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency come within the framework of the international partnerships narrative. To the Ministry of International Cooperation, and the three axes; It is the citizen, the focus of attention, the ongoing projects, and the goal is the driving force.
The talks between the Minister of International Cooperation and the Regional Director of the Japanese International Cooperation Authority (JICA) dealt with future areas of cooperation and the possibility of enhancing cooperation in the field of comprehensive health insurance, as well as current areas of cooperation, including development funds in the field of antiquities and the implementation of the Grand Egyptian Museum.
For his part, Matsunaga praised the role that the Ministry of International Cooperation plays in coordinating with the concerned authorities and pushing for partnership projects with JICA, and the ministry’s role in completing the budget financing that was signed during the current year with a value of $ 240 million, in a way that works to strengthen joint relations between Egypt and Japan and stimulate Implementing development projects, expressing his aspiration for more partnerships during the coming period in priority areas, in order to maximize the added value of joint projects and open new horizons for bilateral relations between the two countries.
The regional director of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency “JICA” referred to the global celebration that Egypt succeeded in organizing on the occasion of the transfer of royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum to the Museum of Civilization, explaining that this ceremony is nothing but preparation for the upcoming celebration of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum.
He also praised the government’s efforts to deal with the Corona pandemic and address its economic and social effects, which made it one of the best governments in the world in dealing with the matter.
The ongoing cooperation portfolio between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency amounts to $ 2.7 billion, including $ 287 million for investment in human capital through the Egyptian-Japanese partnership for education development, $ 1.12 billion for electricity, $ 552 million for transportation and navigation, and $ 450 million. For tourism and antiquities, $ 240 million to finance development policies, and $ 57 million for irrigation.
The article: Minister of International Cooperation: The partnership with “JICA” has succeeded in completing many projects in 2020 despite the pandemic. It was written in Al-Borsa newspaper.