Kazakhstan to build logistics zone in Ain Sokhna for trading grains, crops

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Mar 2022

Kazakhstan — a major wheat producing and exporting country — is working on establishing a logistics zone for free trade in Ain Sokhna port so that Egypt can become a logistics hub for the sale of Kazakh grain and other agricultural products.

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Al-Sayed el-Quseir with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Cairo (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian cabinet)

This came after Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El-Sayed El-Quseir met with Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Cairo on Saturday to discuss ways to enhance agricultural cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement released by the Cabinet.

The ambassador said that his country is one of the largest producers and exporters of wheat in the world, emphasising that it is distinguished by its high quality.

The meeting also dealt with cooperation in the fields of crops, seeds, vaccines and veterinary vaccines, livestock, poultry, and fisheries. With the Kazakh side expressing its interest in receiving Egyptian agricultural exports as well, especially potatoes.

According to the International Grains Council’s (IGC) forecasts, Kazakhstan exported 2.5 million tonnes of wheat flour in FY2020/21, up from the previous FY’s two million.

The Egyptian-Kazakh Joint Higher Committee is scheduled to be held in Cairo this year to develop a road map to enhance cooperation between the two countries

In February, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed with his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev a number of regional issues of mutual concern along with ways of boosting bilateral ties, especially in the fields of health, agriculture, tourism, and culture.

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