CAIRO: Minister of Transportation Ibrahim el-Demeiry said Thursday that he reviewed opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and France in the transportation field during his recent visit to Europe, Al-Mogaz reported.
Demeiry met with French Minister of Foreign Trade Nicole Bricq and the two discussed French financing for the fourth phase of the Cairo Metro’s third line and making necessary studies for the fifth and sixth lines with a grant from the French government, Al-Mogaz reported.
Bricq welcomed joint cooperation, said relations between the two countries are growing and that France will offer technical and financial support to Egypt through grants and loans to develop the transportation sector, Daily News reported.
Additionally, Demeiry discussed cooperation for computerizing the metro and the possibility of getting French financing for developing Asyut-Aswan Railway’s signals system.
Demeiry also met with Thales Group Deputy Executive Director of International Relations Pascal Sores to sign a cooperation agreement between the ministry and Thales University to develop the Egyptian Academy for Transport Sciences and supply it with modern equipment and labs, Mubasher reported.
The ministry is working to develop the Egyptian Academy for Transport Sciences according to international standards. The academy will include many specialized sections in engineering, administration, economics and a technical training institute.
Demeiry also visited Thales labs in Stuttgart, Germany and was given a demonstration of modern equipment there. He made a request to apply this equipment in Egypt through the development agreement.
“Egypt had the second railway station in the world and had a position of leadership in this field. We should return its leadership in the transport sector, and this will not be achieved without cadres trained on the most modern technologies,” Demeiry said.