Transport Minister inaugurates Qostul land port between Egypt-Sudan
Minister of Transport Hany Dahy - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Minister of Transport Hany Dahy and Aswan’s governor Mustafa Yousri inaugurated Wednesday the new Qostul land port between Egypt and Sudan, Youm7 reported.

Aswan governor Mostafa Yousri said in previous statements that during Dahy’s visit to the port on August 7, he gave instructions to start working towards the official inauguration this Wednesday.

Yousri said that the port was built on space estimated at 60 thousand square meters with a cost of 47 million EGP, adding that the port will help in the trade exchange movement between Sudan and Egypt.

He stated that the port will contribute to increasing imports and exports of goods and livestock between the two countries, adding that the minister of transport promised the youth of Abu Simbel city that they will be given the priority in the job vacancies in Qostul port.

In the same context, the chargé d’affaires of the Sudanese consul in Egypt Abdel Rehim Ser al-Khetm told Youm7 Wednesday that inaugurating the port will achieve progress in the relations between Egypt and Sudan.

He added that it will contribute to flourishing trade and medical tourism between both countries, which will result in an increase in exports and imports of cement.

The move comes amid Egypt’s efforts to intensify its presence and cooperation with Nile basin countries.

Last March, Egyptian Consul General in Khartoum Weaam Abdullah Suwelam and the head of Roads and Transport Committee in Sudanese parliament Ali Abdellah Masar discussed the measures of the overland and coastal road between Egypt and Sudan, according to MENA.

Egypt and Sudan have agreed to strengthen military coordination to prevent smuggling on their shared border, Sudanese Minister of Investment Mustafa Othman Ismail told Ashorooq net last July.

On June 26, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited Khartoum to meet his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir to discuss bilateral relations.

Trade volume between Egypt and Sudan increased to 839 million EGP ($117.33 million) in 2013 compared with 772 million EGP in 2012, recording an 8.7 percent increase according to statistics from the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce on March 20.

Additional reporting by Abd Allah Salah

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