Egypt's Trade and Industry Minister Nevine Gamea has urged quick action to finalise procedures required to export pomegranates to China.
In a telephone conversation with Chinese Ambassador Liao Liqiang on Wednesday, Gamea discussed measures to increase the flow of trade between Cairo and Beijing.
She made it clear that her ministry will coordinate action with the crops export council so that China gets a new list of Egyptian crops that are in high demand in the Asian country.
She also hailed the “strategic” relations between Cairo and Beijing.
The Trade and Industry Ministry is keen on supporting cooperation with China as part of such strategic ties, Gamea stressed.
The minister said that Egypt is seeking China’s help to support Abdel Hamid Mamdouh, the Egyptian candidate for the World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general post.
Cairo also wants to benefit from Beijing’s expertise on small and micro-sized enterprises.
China is 20th on the list of countries investing in Egypt, with about $7.2 billion invested into 1,736 projects in the country until the end of 2018.
The trade exchange between the two sides amounted to some $5.2 billion during the first seven months of this year.