Egypt’s Ambassador to Canada Ahmed Abu Zeid had a video conference meeting, on Monday, with Kelvin Gortzen, Deputy Prime Minister of Manitoba Province, to discuss economic and trade relations between both countries.
In a statement following the meeting, Abu Zeid said that the two sides discussed the situation of the Egyptian community in the province.
Gortzen praised the contributions of the Egyptian community in supporting the province’s economy, and in providing medical care to the people of the province during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The two sides focused the discussions on strengthening economic and trade relations between Egypt and Manitoba province on areas where the province has a high competitive advantage.
This includes areas such as: advanced manufacturing; aviation and space technology; agriculture; innovative industries; energy; environment; information and communication technology; biotechnology; mining; tourism; and transportation.
Abu Zeid added that, during the meeting, he reviewed the developments witnessed in Egypt in all areas of production, services, and economic growth. This was achieved despite the circumstances of the global pandemic, and have been further boosted by the promising investment opportunities provided by Egypt in large national projects.
The Ambassador suggested organising virtual events and visits for businessmen and officials from both sides, to stimulate investment and economic cooperation.
The two officials also discussed the development of Egypt’s education sector, and plans to expand academic and research cooperation with major foreign universities.
The two sides discussed developing a joint action plan that will contribute to increasing the number of scholarships offered to Egyptian students in the province’s universities. This will come alongside expanding research and academic cooperation with Egyptian universities.
Gortzen emphasised his keenness to invite Abu Zeid to visit Manitoba in the coming period, to see the existing opportunities for cooperation.
This will allow the Ambassador to visit a number of projects, and hold meetings with private sector representatives and parliamentary members in the province.