Egypt, Lebanon discuss launching ro-ro line to boost trade

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Nov 2022

Egypt and Lebanon discussed Monday launching a ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) line with the aim of increasing import/export trade between the two countries.

Egyptian Minister of Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir and Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport Ali Hamieh during a meeting on Monday in Alexandria (Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Transport)


The proposal was tabled during a meeting between Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir and Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport Ali Hamieh on the sideline of the 69th session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Transport Ministers in Alexandria.

Ro-ro cargo shipping describes a vessel transporting wheeled cargo, including cars, trucks, buses, trailers or industrial vehicles.

These kind of ships have built-in ramps on their bow or stern to make the loading and unloading of the wheeled cargo much easier than if it was done with a crane.

Both ministers agreed to hold intensive meetings in the near future between specialists from both countries to study the proposal, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Transport.

Monday's meeting also tackled means of bolstering cooperation between the two sides in the various transport sectors.

Hamieh expressed his country's interest in cooperation with Egyptian construction companies to execute infrastructure projects, underlining the Egyptian experience in the field.

El-Wazir emphasised that all Egyptian companies "are fully prepared to carry out all the work required by the Lebanese side as per the international quality standards," the statement noted.

Lebanon ranked seventh among Arab countries as a destination for Egyptian exports in the first half of FY2022/23, according the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics  (CAPMAS).

Egypt's exports to the Arab country hit $220 million while its imports stood at $108.4 million during the six-month period.

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