Egypt is interested in increasing imports of machinery and high-tech goods from Belarus, Egypt’s Prime Minister Akhmed Nazif said during his meeting with Belarus’ Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov. Martynov paid an official visit to Egypt in early February.
Akhmed Nazif endorsed the intention of Belarusian companies to boost assembly of Belarus tractors and MAZ trucks in Egypt. Besides, Egypt may have new assembly facilities to make it easier for Belarusian goods to get to Africa and Middle East. Egypt is also interested in implementing the scientific and technical potential of cooperation with Belarus, as this country offers its high-tech innovations. The two countries agreed to annihilate obstacles in mutual trade and consider relevant agreements.
The Egyptian premier was particularly interested in training Egyptian students in Belarusian higher educational establishments.
The officials of the two countries noted that Belarus and Egypt shared the same views on international relations. Akhmed Nazif and Sergei Martynov specifically noted that the development of national economies and regulatory framework of the two countries are opportune for deepening collaboration. Trade between the two countries rose 50% in 2005 up to $38 million.
Akhmed Nazif promised to pay a visit to Belarus in months to come. He is expected to lead a delegation of Egyptian businessmen and scientists.