The Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS) hosted, on Saturday, the first meeting of the Egyptian-Sudanese Business Council chaired by Sherif El Gabaly.
ECS Head Ahmed Maghawry Diab said that the meeting tackled priorities for Egypt’s private sector with the Sudanese side, and ways to enhance joint commercial relations with Egypt’s southerly neighbour during the coming period.
Diab also said that the meeting dealt with preparations for Egypt’s participation as guest of honour at the Khartoum International Fair, which will be held on 21-28 January. Accordingly, Egypt will participate with the largest pavilion in the history of its participation at this exhibition.
He added that Egyptian-Sudanese relations have recently experienced a momentum, regarding official and governmental mutual visits, visits of businessmen, as well as participation in trade fairs and the promotion of border trade. Besides this, there has been a revitalisation of the business council on both sides, and cooperation in the field of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) along with renewable energy use applications.
Sherif El Gabaly, Head of the Egyptian side of the Egyptian-Sudanese Business Council, affirmed the council’s keenness to contribute to making a qualitative leap in terms of joint commercial and industrial relations with Sudan.
He noted that specialised committees are being formed within the Council to define aspects of cooperation with the Sudanese side.
El Gabaly said that the most important challenges facing trade between the two countries will also be monitored, with the aim of coordinating with the government to solve these challenges. This will take place in a way that contributes to the flow of intra-trade and joint investments in the Egyptian and Sudanese markets.