CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish Saturday.
Mamish reviewed progress made on the digging of a side canal in East Port Said Port “to ease the passage of ships heading to the port without intersecting with ships heading to the Suez Canal,” according to a presidential statement Saturday.
He explained that the side canal will raise the rating of the East Port Said Port within the context of the Suez Canal Area Development Project, which places importance to developing ports, capitalizing on Egypt’s distinct strategic location.
On Wednesday, Sisi issued a presidential decree to renew Mamish’s tenure as Chairman of the SCA for another year as of January 2016.
During the meeting, Mamish noted the SCA efforts to improve the capacity of its personnel in various sectors. He added that the Maritime Training and Simulation Center is being upgraded to train guides from the authority and foreign guides working in the navigation field to explore the waterway of the Suez Canal after improvement.
Sisi stressed the importance of pursing efforts to develop the Suez Canal, as a vital waterway that enhances maritime traffic and international trade and as a main source of national income.
The president emphasized that developing the canal extends beyond just adding a new canal and encompasses developing ports as well as raising the capacity of guides by improving the Maritime Training and Simulation Center.