Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during the meeting (photo courtesy of the presidential spokesman official Facebook page)
In a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker on Monday, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for intensifying work in linkage power ventures with neighbouring countries.
El-Sisi said that electricity production should be maximised to meet local demands and export surpluses to countries that are linked with electricity grids.
Egypt has signed agreements with a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iraq, to establish electricity grids as part of the country's plan to become an international energy hub.
A trilateral interconnection grid between Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan is due to be set up, as agreed upon during a tripartite summit held in Amman in August to enhance cooperation in all fields, especially in energy, power linkages, and infrastructure.
The president was briefed on the latest developments concerning linkage power projects with Sudan as well as with Jordan and Iraq, the presidential spokesman Bassam Rady added.
He also was briefed on the latest developments concerning a number of national electricity projects that are being implemented in Sinai, the South Valley and the New Administrative Capital, according to Rady.
El-Sisi also ordered the expansion of renewable energy projects in partnership with the private sector, as well as continuing efforts to upgrade the electricity system in Egypt, as part of the state's developmental plan.