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Egypt to Offer Projects to Domestic, Foreign Investors

Egypt to Offer Projects to Domestic, Foreign InvestorsEgypt to Offer Projects to Domestic, Foreign Investors

Egypt will offer a slew of projects to domestic  and foreign investors at a conference in March aimed at kick-starting an economy battered by years of political unrest, the prime minister said Saturday.

Falling tourist revenues and slowing investments have left Egypt’s economy in ruins after nearly four years of turmoil that saw two presidents ousted following mass street protests.

But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has put economic recovery at the top of his agenda, and the March 13-15 conference in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh will highlight a series of projects for which investment is wanted.

The premier, Ibrahim Mahlab, told reporters in Cairo the gathering will be the “cornerstone for Egypt’s economic revival and aims to provide the resources used... to improve health care services, the educational system and provide energy to all.”

Among them, he mentioned at least 10 projects in energy and river transport, but did not elaborate.

Mahlab said the conference is a message to the world that “Egypt needs a strong economy that can stabilize the whole region.

“Our economy is about to recover... All the economic indicators point to this... and this conference is to support the Egyptian economy.”

  Suez Tunnels

In August, Sisi launched the construction of a $4 billion expansion of the Suez Canal that aims to speed up traffic and foresees the creation of one million jobs.

Egypt will use machines made by a German firm to bore at least four tunnels under the Suez Canal, part of an $8 billion project to expand the waterway that the government hopes will raise revenues and foreign currency reserves.

Unlisted Herrenknecht AG was discussing contract details, a spokesman for the company said, giving no details, Reuters reported.

Kamal al-Waziri, chief of staff of the Egyptian armed forces’ engineering division, had said on Thursday that the army had contracted a German company to provide machines for three car and train tunnels in Port Said, the northern outlet of the canal into the Mediterranean Sea. The tunnels are being built by Orascom Construction and other Arab contractors.

Half of the budget for expanding the canal was allocated for building six tunnels, the Suez Canal Authority said last week.

Egypt has been battered by political turmoil and violence for more than three years and the government hopes the expansion will almost triple revenues from the waterway by 2023 to $13.5 billion from $5 billion.

The development will run alongside the existing 145-year-old waterway – the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.