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Egypt to establish Free Trade Zone for Agric Export

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Egypt is seeking to establish a free trade zone that will enhance the export of agricultural commodities to African countries.

On Saturday, Egyptian Agriculture Minister al-Sayed al-Qusair met with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Cairo, Khairat Lama to deliberate on the matter.

They discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in agricultural commodity exchange, livestock, and scientific research.

They also discussed the interaction of crops, seeds, and veterinary vaccines. According to a ministry statement, the ministry deliberated on measures put in place by the state to achieve food security.

Khairat Lama already made it known said that Egypt is one of the largest producers and exporters of wheat, distinguished by its high quality.

The Kazakh ambassador said his country plans to establish a free trade zone in the Sokhna Port so that Egypt can become a logistical hub to export Kazakh grains and foodstuffs to the African countries.

The free trade zone could also serve as a portal to export potatoes and other agricultural products from Egypt to Kazakhstan.

At the end of the meeting, an agreement was reached to hold periodic meetings between technical working groups formed by the two sides to follow up on cooperation projects between the two countries.

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