By Lamia Nabil
Egypt and Qatar will take part in a project to reconstruct Gaza homes and infrastructure damaged by Israeli airstrikes in November 2012.
The project was announced during a press conference organised by the Export Council for Building Materials, Refractory and Metallurgy Industries (ECBRM) on Sunday attended by Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Hatem Saleh and Minister of Housing and Urban Communities Tariq Tawfiq.
“Qatar has allocated $500m to buy building materials from Egypt, as well as participating in the reconstruction process itself,” said Walid Gamal, the head of ECBRM.
He added that a series of meetings would take place in Sharm Al-Sheikh from 7 to 10 October to further discuss the project.
The meetings will discuss the participation of Egyptian companies according to the current protocol between the three countries.
“The reconstruction process includes 70,000 housing units as well as infrastructure projects,” he said.
Egyptian companies are invited to participate in the exhibition which will be held alongside the Gaza Reconstruction Conference.