Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat
Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat announced on Wednesday that the ministry will follow up on implementing the cooperation agreements signed during the Egyptian-Jordanian Joint Higher Committee meetings.
Headed by Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, the 29th Joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee concluded its work on Tuesday in Amman with the signing of seven memorandums of understanding (MoU) and cooperation agreements across many areas of common interest to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Al-Mashat said that the ministry also organises continuous meetings of bilateral technical committees between concerned authorities from Jordan and Egypt as it is essential to ensure smooth implementation of agreements and to explore new potential areas of partnership.
The seven agreements include plans to enhance the electrical interconnection capabilities between Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
The Egyptian and Jordanian sides also signed an executive program to exchange expertise between Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation and Jordan’s Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.
The meetings also inked an MoU in the water sector, and a bilateral executive program in the housing and urban development sector.
The committee also witnessed the signing of three MoUs in the antiquities, company monitoring, communication, and information technology sectors, in addition to the committee’s meeting minutes, signed by the Prime Ministers of both countries.
The Ministry of International Cooperation supervises the preparation and organisation of these committees at the ministerial and expert levels, in coordination with the relevant ministries and authorities in Egypt. This is in coordination with directives from the Prime Minister to complete all aspects of the joint cooperation between Egypt and Jordan.
Al-Mashat also stressed that the agreed upon documents, MoUs, and cooperation agreements further enhance the aspirations of both Egypt and Jordan and help open the door to more development cooperation opportunities.
These agreements aid in the expansion of new potential areas of partnership in the tripartite cooperation between Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, according to the minister.
The Joint Higher Committees are considered one of the most important tools for economic diplomacy at the Ministry of International Cooperation, and it is the most effective one for establishing new bilateral cooperation between Egypt and neighbouring Arab countries.
The Joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee began its meetings in 1985, and has, ever since, held 28 sessions, the last of which was held in Cairo in July 2019.
In the past four decades, the committee meetings resulted in the signing of 147 signed protocols, agreements, and cooperation documents covering various sectors.
These agreements were largely reflected in the economic, commercial, investment, and cultural indicators between the two countries, as a number of technical committees across various fields have collaborated to regulate the workflow and solve issues that may hinder efforts in strengthening joint cooperation relations.