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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and Philippines

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The Philippines and Egypt established diplomatic relations on 3 March 1946.

Political Relations

Bilateral Relations are constantly enhanced through the holding of the RP-Egypt Bilateral Consultations which under an agreement signed in 2000, are to be held once a year, alternating between Manila and Cairo.

The last and Sixth round of bilateral consultations between the Egypt and the Philippines was held in Manila in November 2008, where the two sides reviewed the status of bilateral relations and discussed ways to further enhance and deepen cooperation. They also briefed each other on the recent developments on the domestic, regional and international fronts.

Mutual Visits

On 18/5/2014, Foreign Minister and his Philippine counterpart Albert Del Rosario held an expanded session of talks attended by the delegation accompanying Egypt's guest and senior Egyptian officials. Talks between the two sides covered means of boosting trade, investment and tourist cooperation and a number of outstanding consular issues between the two countries.

From 2-3 May 2009, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited Egypt, on an official visit. This was the first time in 30 years that a Philippine President is visiting Egypt.

From 7-9 March 2009, Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno headed a delegation to attend the 40th Anniversary of the Foundation of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court during the period.

Economic Relations

The volume of trade between the two countries during 2009 climbed to 32 million dollars compared to 26 million dollars during 2008. The value of Egyptian exports has reached 10.5 million dollars, while the value of imports from the Philippines has amounted to 21.5 million dollars.

The main Egyptian exports in 2009 included: Pharmaceutical, chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, aluminum, marble and cotton. Main imports were: fruits, textiles, fish, furniture and electronics.

Prospects of economic cooperation

The current level of trade between the two countries indicate that economic relations, in general, could be upgraded to a new level that is consistent with the common interests and aspirations of the two countries, Especially there remain many opportunities to further increase the level of bilateral trade between the two countries, particularly in agricultural, organic products, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, textiles and petrochemicals. The two countries are working together benefit from their membership in regional economic groupings, as Egypt is a member of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), while the Philippines is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Contractual Framework

·         Trade agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of the Philippines (1998).

·         Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Bilateral consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines 2000.

·         Agreement for Collaboration in Research, Education and Training Programs between Basilan State College and Cairo University (2003).

·         Agreement for Educational and Scientific Cooperation between Basilan State College and Helwan University (2003).

·         MOA between the Commission on Higher Education and Ain Shams University (2003).

·         MOA on Judicial Cooperation (2006).

Cultural and Educational Relations

Several agreements have been signed between various Philippine and Egyptian universities which provide for exchange of information, researchers and scholars. Likewise, a number of Filipino students go on scholarships to Egypt each year. A majority of them study at the prestigious Al-Azhar University.

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