Egypt's Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir and Italy's Ambassador to Cairo Giampaolo Cantini have discussed operating maritime transport lines between the two countries' ports to boost trade cooperation.
During a meeting held Wednesday, Cantini voiced his country's desire to cooperate with Egypt in operating transport lines between Egyptian and Italian ports to serve Egypt's foreign trade.
Italy is one of the leading countries that receives Egyptian exports, particularly agricultural crops, and distributes them to the rest of Europe, said the Italian ambassador.
He added that Egyptian ports represent a gateway for Italy to Africa as well, according to a statement released by the Egyptian foreign ministry following the meeting.
The ambassador also expressed Italy's interest to offer technical consultations in transportation projects carried out in Egypt, most notably in operating electric trains in various parts of the country, in addition to converting gasoline powered cars and buses to ones that run on gas — a plan Cairo has been working on recently.
According to the ministry statement, El-Wazir welcomed Italy’s proposal to run regular navigational lanes between Egyptian and Italian ports. He also welcomed cooperation with international companies working in the transport field, including Italian companies.