'Egypt making progress on all fronts': PM Mahlab to expats in E.Guinea
Ahram Online, , Tuesday 21 Jul 2015

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Egypt is making “advancements in politics, economy and security” during a meeting on Monday with Egyptian expats in Equatorial Guinea.

He told Egyptian nationals during the opening of the new Egyptian Embassy headquarters in Malibu that the state is regaining its stature, as the government works on fighting corruption and empowering officials in the decision-making process.

The premier arrived in Equatorial Guinea on Monday for a two-day visit where he gave a speech at the first international conference on Africa’s fight against Ebola, titled 'Africa helping Africans in the Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction'.

Mahlab said that Egypt is helping African countries fight Ebola, saying Egyptian medical products exhibition in Equatorial Guinea represents Cairo's “soft power” in various fields.

Egypt remained Ebola-free when an outbreak of the deadly virus last year hit at least seven of its fellow African countries, killing many.

Mahlab also plans to visit the headquarters of the Arab Contractors Company, Egypt’s leading construction firm, to check on their latest projects across Equatorial Guinea.

The Arab Contractors’ business portfolio was worth around $2.7 billion in 18 African countries, with $1.7 billion in Equatorial Guinea alone, according to data reported by state news agency MENA in 2014.

The PM will head later to Italy for another official visit.