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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and New Zealand

Friday، 28 April 2023 - 02:04 AM

Location

New Zealand is in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia, and has no land borders with any country, and is located on the continent of Oceania, a continent in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that includes Australia and surrounding islands, including New Zealand.

Capital

Wellington

Area

268,021 km²

Official Currency

New Zealand Dollar

Official language

Dutch

Political relations

  Relations between Egypt and New Zealand at the political level have been characterized by a remarkable gradual development since the start of relations between the two countries in the mid-seventies, until New Zealand replaced its non-resident representation in Egypt with an embassy in Cairo that was opened in 2006, and then the Egyptian and New Zealand efforts to advance bilateral relations culminated in the decision of the President of the Republic to open an Egyptian embassy in Wellington in April 2010.

The most prominent facts of the relations between Cairo and Wellingon

On 13/8/2022, Peeni Henare, Minister of Defense of New Zealand, received Ambassador Dina Al-Sehi, Ambassador of Egypt to New Zealand, the two sides discussed the overall bilateral relations and how to enhance cooperation between the two countries, and exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest, especially developments in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions.

On 8/6/2021, political consultations were held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and New Zealand via video conference, the Egyptian side was headed by Ambassador Tarek Al-Wasimi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs, the New Zealand side was headed by Ambassador Rob Taylor, Deputy Foreign Minister of New Zealand for Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa, the two sides discussed during the consultations many international and regional issues of common interest, especially the developments of the Renaissance Dam file, and the situation in the Palestinian territories.

On 25/5/2021, the Egyptian Embassy in New Zealand, in cooperation with the South African Embassy and a member of the New Zealand Parliament, organized an Africa Day celebration in the capital, Wellington, on May 25, and on this occasion, Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Lozafi stressed the importance of this occasion and the tireless Egyptian efforts to enhance joint African action and consolidate bilateral cooperation frameworks with African countries and the active Egyptian role in the corridors of the African Union and its mechanisms.

On 6/12/2019, Dina Al-Saihy met with Egypt's Ambassador to New Zealand, Winstonbeaters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. The meeting dealt with the latest developments in bilateral relations between the two countries, including the ongoing preparations for holding political consultation meetings and the upcoming trade committee between the two countries, as well as the latest regional developments in the Middle East and the Pacific region and international issues of common interest .

On 18/4/2019, Tarek El Wasimi, Egypt's Ambassador to Wellington, met with Winston Peters, New Zealand's Foreign Minister, where the meeting dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries, and the Ambassador reiterated Egypt's condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019, calling for unifying efforts and joint action to eliminate the scourge of terrorism. He also expressed Egypt's appreciation for New Zealand's efforts in dealing with the crisis and mitigating the impact of the terrorist incident on the families of the victims.

On 6/9/2015, Gerard van Bohemen, New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, visited Egypt, and was received by Ambassador Osama Majdoub, Assistant Foreign Minister for Neighboring Countries.

On 6/1/2015, New Zealand Foreign Minister Muraimkali visited Egypt, met with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the two sides reviewed the developments in the Middle East and the crises faced by several Arab countries, including Libya and Syria.

In February 2010, the Assistant Secretary of State for Asian Affairs visited Wellington, New Zealand.

In February 2010, the New Zealand Minister of Defence visited Egypt

On February 28, 2010, the visit of the New Zealand Foreign Minister to Cairo where regional issues and bilateral relations were discussed, during the visit the New Zealand Minister announced New Zealand's readiness to provide financial support estimated at $ 200,000 to Egypt to assist it in its efforts to clear mines on the northern coast .

During the period from 29 to 31 October 2009, Mr. Peter Hamilton, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, visited Egypt, where he headed his country's delegation in the second round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, during which views were exchanged on regional and international issues of common interest, in addition to discussing ways to support bilateral relations .

In November 2007, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark paid an official visit to Egypt within the framework of strengthening relations between the two countries at various levels, during which the New Zealand Embassy was inaugurated in Cairo .

In April 2010, Egyptian and New Zealand efforts to advance bilateral relations culminated in the President's decision to open an Egyptian embassy in Wellington.

Economic relations

Egypt occupies the second largest export market to New Zealand in Africa, and the twenty-ninth in the world, as Egypt has been an important trading partner for New Zealand for a long time

The volume of trade exchange between the two countries is only about $200 million, most of which are New Zealand exports to Egypt. Egypt also ranks fourth on New Zealand's Middle East market list and 34th on the list of trading partners.

The total number of New Zealand companies in Egypt reached 14 companies as of 2009, with a total capital contribution of about $ 140,000

Egypt is looking to increase bilateral trade, as well as cooperation in the field of investment, it is worth noting that negotiations are underway between the two sides to establish the Egyptian-New Zealand Business Council.

The most prominent stations of economic relations:

On 15/9/2022, Greg Lewis, New Zealand's ambassador to Cairo, confirmed that economic cooperation between Egypt and New Zealand achieves promising opportunities, and we seek expansion, diversification and trade growth between the two countries, and trade exchange between Egypt and New Zealand is an important field to open a new market for exporting all varieties of Egyptian citrus and citrus fruits to the State of New Zealand, after the success of the orange export experience two years ago, especially since New Zealand is one of the countries that enjoy a strong stone system and require difficult specifications and requirements in importing food commodities, which confirms the quality International Egyptian products and enjoy a good reputation at the international level and the demand has become increasing from all countries of the world.

On 29/8/2022, the Egyptian Chamber of Commerce in Alexandria, headed by Ahmed Al-Wakeel, received the Deputy Ambassador of the State of New Zealand, Colum Hamis, to discuss ways of cooperation between the two sides, and the meeting aimed to discuss mechanisms of cooperation between the two sides and increase the volume of trade exchange, especially in light of the current difficult economic conditions that the world is going through, as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the two sides stressed that trade exchange is an important field and must be developed and developed.

On 18/11/2021, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, met with Hon Damien Connor, New Zealand's Minister of Agriculture, Trade and Rural Communities, in the presence of Joe Tindall, New Zealand High Commissioner for Singapore, and Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Trade, Al-Mashat discussed opportunities for joint cooperation between Egypt and New Zealand, and expanding joint efforts for mutual development in the two countries, where she reviewed the international partnerships held by the Ministry of International Cooperation with many multilateral and bilateral development partners, to promote sustainable agriculture systems in Egypt and develop  Rural communities and enhancing food security.

On 27/10/2021, the Egyptian Embassy in Wellington, in cooperation with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, held a roundtable dialogue on the latest developments in development efforts in Egypt, and also addressed the development witnessed by the education, health, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors in Egypt, and also touched on the most important national projects, especially the New Administrative Capital and other new cities.

On 13/10/2020, the Embassy of Egypt in Wellington, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry and the New Zealand-Africa Business Council, organized a video conference on business and trade opportunities between Egypt and New Zealand, with the participation of the New Zealand Ambassador to Egypt, members of the New Zealand-Africa Business Council and a number of businessmen from the two countries.

On 27/2/2020, Eng. Ibrahim El-Araby, President of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce and President of the Cairo Chamber, discussed ways to increase Egyptian-New Zealand trade exchange, and Eng. Ibrahim El-Araby stressed the need to benefit from the agreements to support trade relations between Egypt and New Zealand, and to increase bilateral trade transactions through export and import according to the needs of each market from the other, and the President of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce pointed out that the Egyptian market has many products in various sectors that the New Zealand side can benefit from during the next stage.  He pointed out that the economic reforms that have taken place in the recent period have greatly improved the trade and investment climate in Egypt, and there are great investment opportunities available in various projects that the New Zealand side can benefit from by establishing partnerships with Egyptian businessmen .

On 18/4/2019, Tarek El Wasimi, Egypt's Ambassador to Wellington, met with David Parker, Minister of Trade, who is also the Attorney General of New Zealand, where the meeting dealt with trade cooperation between the two countries, especially the export of Egyptian citrus fruits to New Zealand, and efforts to export Egyptian medicine to the New Zealand market, in addition to preparing for the work of the joint committee between the two countries.

 On 10/4/2019, Tarek El Wasimi, Ambassador of Egypt to New Zealand, received a high-level delegation of leaders of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International), headed by Dr. Amani Asfour, President of the Federation, the two Vice Presidents of the Federation, the President of the New Zealand Federation of Businesswomen, and the Regional Director of the Federation in Asia, at the Ambassador's residence on the sidelines of the fifty-fifth annual conference of the Federation in the capital, Wellington.

On 11/3/2017, the Trade Agreements and Foreign Trade Sector at the Ministry of Trade and Industry held the first meeting of the Joint Trade Committee between Egypt and New Zealand to discuss ways to develop trade exchange between the two countries, and the meeting discussed opening channels of communication with all countries to facilitate ways of trade exchange and overcome obstacles facing the flow of Egyptian exports, it was agreed to facilitate the process of access of Egyptian agricultural products to the New Zealand market, where the two sides discussed the current problems facing the access of Egyptian exports of agricultural crops, citrus fruits and grapes  It was agreed to exchange technical files, provided that the actual start of the adoption of quarantine procedures will take place in 2018, and a number of New Zealand slaughterhouses exporting halal halloumi to the Egyptian market were approved, in addition to emphasizing the benefit of New Zealand's scientific and technological expertise and progress and agreeing to provide the New Zealand side with a set of training programs in the fields of trade negotiations, rules of origin and vocational training to government officials in Egypt.

On 16/11/2016, Saeed Abdullah, First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Head of the Trade Agreements and Foreign Trade Sectors, met with Barney Riley, Ambassador of New Zealand in Cairo, Abdullah stressed the depth of bilateral relations between the two countries, pointing to the need to strengthen these relations, which is reflected in the movement of trade exchange between Egypt and New Zealand, and in a way that contributes to increasing Egyptian exports to the New Zealand market, adding that New Zealand is one of the most important and strongest trade partners for Egypt during the current stage, pointing to the need to increase the operations of Trade exchange between the two countries in value-added products.

On 28/11/2007, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Nazif, held a session of talks today with his New Zealand counterpart, Helen Clark, the talks dealt with ways to support bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and measures to expand the scope of economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries, as well as discussing cooperation in the fields of tourism, dairy products manufacturing, education, health and information technology.

Tourism Cooperation

On 11/10/2022, as part of a series of official visits to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, the museum received today a high-level delegation from the State of New Zealand, which included Mr. Penny Hanari, Minister of Defense and Tourism of the State of New Zealand, Mr. Greg Lewis, Ambassador of New Zealand in Cairo, and Rear Admiral James Gilmore, Commander of the New Zealand Joint Forces, and their accompanying delegation. They were received by Dr. Ahmed Ghoneim, Chairman of the Museum Authority, who began the visit by welcoming the guests and taking them on an introductory tour of the museum, during which he explained the idea of establishing the museum and its role in highlighting the development of Egyptian civilization and its leadership in the material and immaterial aspects through the ages. Dr. Ahmed Ghoneim referred to the activities and events offered by the museum within the framework of the cultural, educational, entertainment and scientific course to spread tourism and archaeological awareness among members of society, and the museum's permanent readiness to receive delegations and visitors from different countries of the world as one of the important tourist and archaeological destinations with a diverse cultural product

On 24/1/2019, in continuation of the efforts of the Embassy in Wellington to promote tourism to Egypt, and to introduce the New Zealand community to the extent of Egyptian cultural diversity and richness, Tarek El Wasimi, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to New Zealand, inaugurated an art exhibition organized by the mission for the art of drawing on papyrus under the title "Egypt through the ages" by the Egyptian plastic artist Adel Ghabbour. A group of ambassadors, members of the diplomatic and consular corps, representatives of various New Zealand ministries, academics, members of the community and men and women of New Zealand society participated in the ceremony held by the embassy on the occasion of the opening of the art exhibition at the headquarters of the Central Library in the capital, Wellington.

On 12/11/2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received from the Egyptian Embassy in Wellington two Egyptian rock paintings that were recovered from New Zealand, and they were in the possession of one of the New Zealand citizens who obtained them during his work as a photographer in Egypt during the forties and fifties of the last century, who died recently and recommended the return of the two pieces to Egypt, where Ambassador Mahmoud Auf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Cultural Affairs, officially handed over the two pieces to the delegation of the Ministry of Antiquities, who examined the two pieces and confirmed their importance and that they belong to the era of the state Ancient Egyptian

Cultural Relations

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On 18/1/2021, Dina El-Sehy, Ambassador of Egypt to New Zealand, met with Mrs. Courtney Johnston, CEO of the  Te Papa  Museum in the capital, Wellington, where they discussed ways to enhance cooperation with the museum, as well as exchanging views on the best ways to hold a joint cultural event, in order to introduce Egyptian culture.

On 26/11/2020, Dina Al-Sayhi, Egypt's Ambassador to New Zealand, met with Andy Foster, Mayor of Wellington, the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the embassy and Wellington Municipality, where the New Zealand official expressed his great appreciation for the ancient Egyptian civilization and culture, and it was agreed to discuss the possibility of holding a miniature exhibition of the pharaonic civilization in the largest museum in the capital to introduce New Zealanders to the Egyptian civilization.  New Zealand.

On 29/7/2020, Ambassador Dina Al-Sehi, Ambassador of Egypt to New Zealand, met with Mr. Winston Roberts, Advisor for Foreign Relations of the National Library of New Zealand, to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the National Library and both the National Library and Archives and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, where it was agreed to exchange digital cultural materials between the two countries and arrange meetings via video conference technology to transfer and exchange experiences regarding the treatment of archaeological manuscripts and digital archiving of books and historical documents.

On 1/6/2017, a delegation from the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the Eastern Apostolic Churches in Australia and New Zealand, headed by Bishop Robert Eli Rabat, Bishop of Melkite Catholics in Sydney, and the membership of a number of bishops and bishops of the Coptic, Maronite and Armenian churches in Australia and New Zealand visited Egypt, received by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The two sides discussed ways to enhance international efforts aimed at spreading the values of tolerance, coexistence, acceptance of others and laying the foundations of peace .

On 9/3/2020, the Egyptian Embassy in Wellington - New Zealand participated in the activities of the annual Festival of Cultures held by the city of "Palmerston North", among 50 participating countries, where the Egypt pavilion held by the Egyptian community won first place.

On 3/3/2020, Nasser Hassan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education in Gharbia, received Greg Lewis, Ambassador of New Zealand, and a delegation of the "Nedaa" Foundation, in order to follow up on the classes for multiple disabilities, which were opened at Al-Amal School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Al-Galaa, affiliated to the East Tanta Educational Administration, in implementation of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, to care for people with disabilities. This visit comes to learn about the Egyptian experience in the management and education of dual and multiple disabilities, where this experience is applied by 11 chapters in 6 governorates.

During the period 16-18 February 2010, a delegation of representatives of six New Zealand universities visited Cairo to discuss ways to develop cooperation in the field of university education between the two countries in the field of education, where they met with some officials in the Ministry of Higher Education and a number of Egyptian universities

Parliamentary Cooperation

On 11/3/2021, Ambassador Dina Al-Sehi, Ambassador of Egypt to New Zealand, met with the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, Trevor Mallard, and discussed the best ways to enhance communication between the peoples and parliaments of the two countries, building on the previous meeting of the New Zealand Parliamentary Friendship Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee of the Egyptian People's Assembly.

Health Collaboration

On 7/12/2021, the Public Authority for Health Care, headed by Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky, Chairman of the Authority's Board of Directors, Assistant Minister of Health and Population and General Supervisor of the Universal Health Insurance Project, expressed its pride in the praise of the Consul of the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo, for the level of medical service of outstanding quality at Karnak International Hospital, affiliated to the Health Care Authority in Luxor Governorate.

 Environmental cooperation

On 15/9/2022, Ambassador Dina El-Sehy, Egypt's Ambassador to New Zealand, met with the New Zealand Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, as part of the ongoing preparations for coordination on New Zealand's participation in the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), El-Sehy handed the New Zealand Minister the invitation from the President of the Republic to the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to participate in the  COP27 Climate Summit She expressed Egypt's aspiration for the participation of the Prime Minister, especially in light of New Zealand's interest in climate change issues. 

Egyptian Community

On 18/3/2019, in implementation of the directives of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, Ambassador Nabila Makram Abdel Shaheed, Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptians Abroad Affairs, went to New Zealand in the evening to visit the 11 injured Egyptians in the accident of the two mosques, in order to check on them, as well as a meeting with members of the Egyptian community there.

On 12/10/2016, Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptians Abroad Affairs, visited New Zealand, to support and care for Egyptians abroad, Makram held several meetings with the Egyptian community and a number of officials to support cooperation and strengthen bilateral relations .

Contractual framework

On 16/11/2016, a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint trade committee between the two countries aims to support the system of joint economic cooperation, increase the movement of trade exchange between the two countries, and open new markets for Egyptian products in the New Zealand markets.

On 16/11/2016 a memorandum of understanding aimed at opening the New Zealand market to Egyptian products

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