Egypt Attaches Great Importance to Boosting Cooperation With Africa – PM

vPrime Minister Sherif Ismail asserted, during his meeting on Thursday with visiting South Africa’s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, Egypt’s keenness on boosting bilateral relations with African countries, especially South Africa, in various domains.

During a meeting attended by Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazoua, the prime minister underlined the importance of cooperation between both countries in tourism in view of their capabilities and expertise in various fields.

Meanwhile, Ismail asserted the significance of tourism sector in Egypt in light of its links to other vital sectors like economy, Cabinet Spokesman Hossam Qashawi said in statements.

The prime minister also, in this regard, pointed out to government’s ongoing efforts to upgrade the country’s infrastructure with view to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For his part, South Africa’s tourism minister expressed gratitude over warm reception, adding that he had many tours of a number of Egyptian tourist and archaeological sites during his visit.

Hanekom, meanwhile, hailed Egyptian government’s efforts exerted to preserve and renovate the country’s archaeological sites, overcoming challenges facing the tourism sector.

The South African minister invited his Egyptian counterpart to visit South Africa for talks on means of bolstering bilateral cooperation in tourism.

Meanwhile, Zaazoua underscored the importance of boosting bilateral tourism cooperation through activating a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in several activities to exchange expertise in tourism.

Hanekom arrived Cairo Tuesday on a three-day visit to the North African country.

Source: MENA