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  • Tuesday, 08 August 2023

31st Egyptian-Jordanian Joint Higher Committee Strengthens Close Partnership Between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

● The signing of 12 MoUs and cooperation programs in the fields of economic and development policies, environmental protection, social affairs, media, cultural cooperation, vocational training, employment, social affairs, health, endowments and postal services.

● Over the course of 31 sessions of the joint committee, Egypt and Jordan strengthened bilateral cooperation through 173 cooperation documents in various priority areas of cooperation, including economic, trade, investment, cultural, scientific and technical.

● The joint committee agrees to activate a number of MoUs and stimulate joint cooperation between the private sector to explore investment opportunities and advance efforts to exchange experiences.

● Agreeing to convene technical committees in a number of areas, including consumer protection, media, aviation, agriculture, land and sea transport.

Yesterday, the work of the 31st  session of the joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee, chaired by Egyptian Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Mostafa Madbouly,  and Jordanian Prime Minister  H.E, Dr. Bisher Khasawneh, enhancing the development of joint bilateral relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, confirming the close ties and historical relations between the two countries, as the committee represented a new beginning  in the development of the well-established Egyptian-Jordanian partnership by signing a number of joint cooperation documents in various fields of development.

The 31st Egyptian-Jordanian Committee, which has been the most regular joint committee since its inception in 1985, was held at an exceptional time at the level of regional and global challenges, reinforcing its importance to open more areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, emphasizing the importance of joint Arab action and regional partnerships to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development, as well as to stimulate triangular  cooperation between Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

With the conclusion of the committee’s work, the harvest of cooperation documents has increased overall sessions since 1985 to about 173 joint cooperation documents in all priority areas, including economic, trade, investment, cultural, scientific and technical, which was reflected in advancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in priority areas and increasing the rates of trade exchange, investments and facilitating the exchange of experiences.

During the session, the prime ministers of the two countries witnessed the signing of 12 cooperation documents in various fields, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of drawing economic and development policies and exchanging experiences, an MoU between the Financial Regulatory Authority in Egypt, the Jordan Securities Commission, and the executive program for cooperation between the two countries in the field of environmental protection for the years (2023/2025), an executive program for cooperation in the field of social affairs for the years (2023/2024), a joint cooperation program between the Jordanian News Agency and the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, the executive program for cultural cooperation between the two countries for the years (2023/2026), and the executive program for technical cooperation in the field of vocational training for the years (2023/2024).

In addition to a MoU between the Ministry of Health in Egypt and the Jordanian Ministry of Health, a MoU between the Egyptian Ministry of Endowments and the Jordanian Ministry of Endowments, Islamic Affairs and Holy Sites, a bilateral agreement in the field of electronic postal payment services, and the seventh executive program for the cooperation agreement in the field of manpower for the years (2023/2024) and a MoU for cooperation between the National Authority for Social Insurance and the General Organization for Social Security.

Preparations have been made for the meetings of the Joint Higher Committee over the past months through multiple meetings and coordination meetings organized by the Ministry of International Cooperation with the participation of the various relevant national authorities to discuss the proposed areas of cooperation and follow up the MoUs that are being implemented to discuss all the joint pillars with the Jordanian side during the work of the committee and at the beginning of the week. Ongoing preparatory meetings started at the expert technical level in Amman, followed by the ministerial preparatory meeting chaired by Minister of International Cooperation, H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, and Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yousef Al Shamali to agree on areas of cooperation and review the results of the meetings of experts and technicians to submit them to the Higher  Committee headed by Prime Ministers of the two countries.

In addition to the documents that were signed during the meetings of the Higher Committee, the committee agreed to activate a number of MoUs that were signed earlier, including the memorandum of administrative and technical cooperation in the field of free zones and development zones, the MoU in the field of roads and bridges, and the MoU for cooperation in the field of establishing and managing industrial zones, and others. The committee also stressed the importance of completing the necessary procedures for proceeding with the project to connect the capacity of the Jordanian-Egyptian electrical interconnection line, exchanging experiences in the field of green hydrogen, mutual participation in international exhibitions, encouraging forums and conferences of businessmen, and exchanging visits to explore investment opportunities in the two countries and encourage the participation of small and medium-sized companies in trade and industrial exhibitions, in addition to agreeing to exchange experiences in the field of grain storage and the establishment of modern wholesale markets for food commodities and agricultural crops.

The joint committee also agreed to hold technical committees and meetings in the areas of planning, consumer protection, medicine, media, aviation, agriculture, land and sea transport, and standards and standards.

Economic relations between Egypt and Jordan have witnessed remarkable development over the past years, with the volume of trade exchange approaching $1 billion by the end of 2022. The private sector of both countries also contributes to boosting investment in various fields, especially energy, real estate investment, financial services, information technology, tourism, and other fields.

The joint committees are one of the mechanisms through which the Ministry of International Cooperation works, in light of the role assigned to it, in order to develop economic relations with many brotherly and friendly countries of the Arab Republic of Egypt, as they are held periodically with the aim of discussing ways to advance and develop bilateral relations in various fields, remove obstacles and support the legal frameworks that will enhance economic, scientific and technical relations periodically.

The Ministry of International Cooperation supervises 68 committees between the Arab Republic of Egypt and countries from different continents of the world, including 8 Asian committees, 30 European committees, 14 committees with Arab countries, 9 African committees, and 7 committees with Latin American countries.