Japanese GEM restoration team ‘upgrades’ Egypt’s conservation capability
The Grand Egyptian Museum

CAIRO: The Japanese team tasked with resorting the Grand Egyptian Museum has praised the restoration center, which is organizing 103 training courses in restoration and maintenance, said Tarek Tawfik, the general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project following a meeting with the delegation.

Tawfik wrote on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Antiquities Wednesday that the estimated 1,350 trainings offered by the training center have contributed a “significant upgrade” in the level of specialists in the field of restoration.

He added that the two sides agreed during the meeting to provide an opportunity to expand the areas of support provided by the Japanese side to contribute to advancing the process of working with this huge project.

In 2006, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) granted Egypt a concessional loan worth U.S. $400 million with a 1.5 percent interest rate over 30 years, and a grace period of 10 years, to construct the museum, Technical Supervisor at the Executive Committee of the Grand Egyptian Museum Wagih Hanna previously told the Cairo Post.

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