25 October 2020 09:20 AM

Egypt, China probe latest developments of electric train project

Friday، 25 September 2020 - 09:51 PM

Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir met on Friday with Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang and officials from China's AVIC international and China Railway Group Limited (CREC), the alliance implementing the electric train project that connects ُُُEl-Salam city, the New Administrative Capital and the 10th of Ramadan city.

The video-conference meeting followed up the progress achieved in the project, and discussed future cooperation between the two sides in various transport fields.

During the meeting, the transport minister asserted the importance of Egypt-China strategic partnership and the depth of relations between the two sides.

Egypt is looking forward to bolstering cooperation with China in all fields, including the transport sector, Wazir said.

The two sides discussed the latest developments of the new electric train project, with the transport minister affirming the need to complete it by October 2021, describing the project as "a new development artery in the heart of new cities".

The transport minister said his ministry has an ambitious program that goes in line with the Egyptian state’s plan to transfer the industry of railway mobile units to Egypt.

In this regard, Wazir said his ministry would establish the first factory for mobile units operated via electrical and diesel traction for railways and the Cairo metro, in addition to monorails in East Port Said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador affirmed the strength of Cairo-Beijing relations and the Chinese companies’ keenness to cooperate with the Egyptian side, especially with the great renaissance Egypt is witnessing in all fields, including the transport sector.

The electric train project is a model for fruitful cooperation between the Chinese and Egyptian sides, he added.


Egyptian tennis player Mayar Sherif qualifies for Roland Garros

Egyptian Tennis Player Mayar Sherif on Friday made her way into the main draw of Roland-Garros tournament in France, which runs from September 21 to October 11.

In the third and final qualifying round, Sherif defeated Italian player Giulia Gatto-Monticone by two sets (6-1) (6-3), becoming the first Egyptian player to earn a place in the women’s singles draw at Roland Garros.

The 24-year old player has won eight singles titles and six doubles titles on the International Tennis Foundation’s Women’s Circuit.

She additionally won a gold medal in the African Games 2019, held in Morocco, after defeating South African player Storm Simmons 2-0 in the final match.

Prior to the 2020 France Open, Sherif participated in the 2020 Prague open. She has career-high rankings of 171 in singles, and 268 in doubles, according to world rankings in March 2020.

Sherif studied at Pepperdine University in Malibu in California, graduating in 2018, with BSc in Sports Medicine.


Ministers inspect Migratory Bird Center in Sharm el Sheikh

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad and State Minister of Media and Information Osama Heikal on Friday paid an inspection tour of the Migratory Bird Center in Sharm el Sheikh city within Egypt's preparation for launching its ecotourism promotion campaign (ECO Egypt).

Tourism and environmental experts, as well as representatives for international news agencies, attended the tour.

Fouad said ecotourism goes beyond marine tourism to include activities; like showing fossils in the Fayyoum reserves and learning about local communities' cultures through safari tours.

Egypt promotes avitourism; one of the most important ecotourism activities in the world, she added.

The minister said Egypt is the second most important pathways for bird migration globally as more than 700 to one million kinds of migratory birds pass through the country twice a year during their migration journey between Europe to Africa in the spring and autumn seasons.

The Migratory Bird Center in Sharm el Sheikh offers a chance to enjoy bird watching, she added.

Fouad reviewed Egypt's efforts to protect migratory birds for fulfilling its international obligations and integrating bird watching activities into ecotourism.

Thanks to those measures, Egypt has won many international awards, including the Energy Global Award in August 2020 for its efforts in protecting migratory birds, she added. The award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today's most prestigious environmental awards.

The concept of responsible ecotourism achieves the preservation of biological diversity and natural resources, while preserving economic and social development and providing job opportunities, Fouad said.


Egypt launches ecotourism, natural reserves promotional campaign

The Environment Ministry launched on Friday its ecotourism promotion campaign (ECO Egypt) that aims at promoting natural reserves in Egypt as well as raising the awareness concerning the importance of environment, natural resources and environmental tourism.

The campaign was launched from Ras Muhammad natural reserve, in cooperation with the tourism, antiquities and media ministries as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Egypt’s Tourism (MBDT) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anani, State Minister of Media and Information Osama Heikal, along with 30 foreign ambassadors in Egypt, representatives for international news agencies and the UNDP and public figures attended the event.

Fouad said that the campaign will last for three years, noting that the political leadership pays great attention to the natural reserves file due to its great importance.

She added that the government aims at developing natural reserves according to the latest international systems.

The minister said that the government is keen on enhancing the economic, social and cultural development of these reserves and maintaining Egypt’s biodiversity to preserve the environment and boost the national economy's capabilities to attract more investments to the environmental tourism sector.

In turn, Heikal said that the campaign reflects the significant coordination among the various ministries, noting that his ministry is keen on offering simple information concerning the environment to raise the awareness concerning the issues of environment and sustainable development.

Meanwhile, Anani said that cooperation between tourism and environment ministries would promote tourism that is considered one of the main pillars of Egypt’s economy.

He added that the ministry is working on promoting responsible and sustainable environmental tourism that aims at preserving the environment as well as integrating local communities.


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