Egypt and Japan discuss financing eco-friendly airports

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FILE – Borg Al Arab International Airport

CAIRO – July 27, 2022: Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar Enaba and Japanese Ambassador to Egypt Oka Hiroshi held talks on Tuesday as JICA funds Egypt’s first eco-friendly building at an airport , the Borg Al Arab of Alexandria.

The construction of the building is part of the country’s strategy to transform Egyptian airports into environmentally friendly airports by introducing the use of renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions.

Therefore, the Minister and the Ambassador discussed possible future cooperation in this area, including increasing the number of flights between Egypt and Japan.

Borg Al Rab’s eco-friendly building spans over 34,000 square meters and will have a capacity of five million passengers. It will also include 40 check-in counters and 16 border control posts.

In a similar context that reflects Japan’s interest in environmentally friendly projects in Egypt, Ambassador Hiroshi had met with Minister of State for International Cooperation Rania al-Mashat in April to express interest in investing in blue hydrogen and ammonia fields through Toyota Tsushu Corporation. , which already operates in the energy sector in Egypt.

The diplomat further noted that such a partnership had been discussed with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, according to a press release from the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation.

Minister Mashat pointed out that such collaboration between the two countries currently amounts to 2.8 billion dollars and includes 14 projects in the sectors of health, electricity, transport, navigation, education, higher education and irrigation.

Mashat added that Japan had supported Egypt during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing it to acquire vaccine doses worth $250 million from COVAX. This is in addition to providing grants for the purchase of medical equipment needed to combat the spread of the virus.

In this context, Minister Mashat pointed out that in the coming period, Egypt will benefit from Japan’s cutting-edge experience in the field of universal health insurance as well as that of France and the support of the the World Bank.

Similarly, Egypt and Japan are collaborating on the second phase of the fourth metro line. However, the minister expressed hope that Japanese private investment would increase in Egypt, especially in priority sectors.

For his part, the Japanese ambassador presented his country’s preparations for the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) which will be hosted by Tunisia from August 26 to 28.

Ambassador Oka Hiroshi also highlighted bilateral cooperation and trilateral cooperation with UNICEF to boost anti-COVID-19 vaccination in Egypt.

The minister and the ambassador agreed to expand the annual economic talks between the two states on the strategic level and not only on the technical level, which is a practice pursued by the Ministry of International Cooperation with international partners such as the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the African Development Bank (ADB).

Additional reporting by Noha El Tawil

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