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Boosting cooperation between Africa's biggest capitals

29 March 2018

Ambassador Sherif Issa of the Arab Republic of Egypt to South African met with officials of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Tshwane Economic Development Agency - TEDA and Tshwane Chamber of Commerce, at the Egyptian Embassy in Pretoria on 28 March. Also present were members of the Egyptian Embassy and the Egyptian Commercial Counsellor Wahid Adly.

Photo: Front row (l-r) Refilwe Nyathi- International Relations Specialist, H.E. Ambassador of Egypt Sherif Issa, Chrys Haitas - Executive Director, Strategic Business Development, Capital City Business Chamber and Vusi Mweli – Senior Manager, Investment Promotion, Tshwane Economic Development Agency
Back row (l-r) Monzer Selim - Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Fanie du Plessis - CEO, Capital City Chamber of Commerce, Wahid Adly – Commercial Counsellor, Solly Mabunda – Director International Relations, City of Tshwane and Mohammed Hassan - Third Secretary of the Mission

Boosting relations and cooperation between the biggest two capitals in the African continent, Cairo and Pretoria, were discussed. The upcoming visit of the Governor of Cairo to attend the Capital Cities Sustainability Forum taking place from 5 – 7 June 2018 in Pretoria was also discussed. Ambassador Issa extended an open invitation to the Mayor of Tshwane Mr. Solly Msimanga to visit Cairo later this year.

Ambassador Sherif Issa also shed light on the investment opportunities in Egypt, especially in mega projects such as the New Capital City and the Suez Canal New Development Corridor.

Sectors of interest that were identified, included infrastructure, transport, water treatment and desalination and sanitation. The pharmaceutical sector was identified as well, especially Egypt’s experience in curing Hepatitis C.

Upcoming visits of Egyptian companies to South Africa were on the agenda, and the Chamber’s communication to members to identify joint projects in South Africa. The Embassy of Egypt, Commercial Office will take part in an Africa networking event that the Capital City Business Chamber will organize at the end of May 2018, to present investment opportunities to the members of the CCBC, and to explore joint cooperation opportunities between the two countries.

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