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Japan grants Egypt US$9 mn to combat coronavirus

Japan will provide Egypt with US$9 million for medical equipment to use in treating coronavirus patients at chest hospitals, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania al-Mashat and Japanese ambassador in Cairo, Noke Masaki announced.

The two met on Sunday in Cairo to sign a Japanese grant that will expand Abu al-Rish Children’s Hospital in Cairo, as well as to discuss cooperation between Egypt and Japan on numerous development projects.

Japan will support energy development worth US$236 million in Egypt, according to another agreement.

During the meeting, the two countries proudly praised their relations, which extend back to the 1950s. Japan expressed its support for Egypt’s development vision and its aim to meet UN sustainable development goals.

The meeting also discussed future partnership projects, specifically those in the transport and healthcare industry, with Japan mentioning its interest in helping Egypt with a metro expansion project and contributing to the establishment of a health coverage system.

The current portfolio of economic cooperation between Cairo and Tokyo amounts to about US$2.8 billion through 14 projects.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

IMAGE: Minister of International Cooperation Rania al-Mashat with the Japanese ambassador in Cairo, Noke Masaki.

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