UK trade, defence envoys in Egypt to attend EDEX Defence Expo

Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Dec 2018

Part of Egypt's Arms exhibition taking place in Cairo starting December 3-5, 2018 (Photo: Ahmed Eleiba)

The UK Trade Envoy Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Defence Senior Advisor for the Middle East (DSAME) John Lorimer have arrived in Egypt along with a trade delegation to attend the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX 2018) and discuss economic and security cooperation with Egyptian officials.

According to the embassy, UK Trade Envoy Donaldson will meet with Egyptian Minister of Trade Amr Nassar to discuss the future of UK investment in Egypt and deepening trade ties.

Donaldson will also meet with representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education.

"Egypt is a country of vital strategic importance in the region and Egypt’s future is extremely important to the UK. I am delighted to be back to Egypt with a delegation of leading British companies focusing on education, as well as over 20 British companies participating in Egypt’s first defence expo to support this country as it works to realise its development goals,” Donaldson said in the embassy statement.

This is Donaldson’s ninth visit to Egypt in two years in his role as trade envoy, according to the statement.

Earlier this year, Donaldson headed the largest British trade delegation to Egypt in 20 years.

The EDEX conference is organised by leading UK event organiser Clarion Events, and will include over 20 British companies specialised in security and defence.

EDEX 2018, the first of its kind in Egypt and Africa, is set to host several major exhibitors and international weapons, defence and security companies, who will display their products and services.

The event runs from 3 to 5 December and will include high-tech defence systems from around the world, as well as Egyptian-made military hardware.

Last week, over 40 companies joined the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) delegation to explore bilateral investment opportunities and potential partnerships in sectors including healthcare, education, oil and gas, and finance.

British ambassador to Egypt Geoffrey Adams said that “Britain and Egypt have a shared will to grow their partnership. The past two weeks have seen a series of high-level visits in both countries that set a joint path of economic prosperity.”

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