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Altmaier in Egypt: a partnership with potential

During his Egypt visit, it's economy Minister Altmaier is to deepen the traditionally good economic relations. However, the human rights were an issue. Cars

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Altmaier in Egypt: a partnership with potential

During his Egypt visit, it's economy Minister Altmaier is to deepen the traditionally good economic relations. However, the human rights were an issue.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is said to have a soft spot for anything German. He especially appreciate the efficiency of German. Maybe that's why the relations between Cairo and Berlin are currently in use from the Egyptian point of view as very well.

Al-Sisi seeks to bring Germany as an important Partner to his country forward. No wonder, then, that Federal Minister Peter Altmaier described his talks with President al-Sisi and the head of government Mustafa Madbouly as "very good".

Traditionally good relations

Egypt is in a "transformation phase," says Altmaier. "The Egyptian government of President Sisi is determined to strengthen the growth forces in the country and to stabilise Egypt politically." This could lead to a "we, the German-Egyptian cooperation on a new basis and to develop further".

Therefore, Altmaier, he traveled with a large business delegation to Cairo. "Egypt and Germany have a high interest in stability in the Region. Therefore, we also have an interest in developing our economic relations." Germany have traditionally good economic relations with Egypt, says the Minister. "There are companies that are in Egypt for many years successfully engaged in economic activities."

Altmaier, traveled with a large business delegation to Egypt.

German investments to the basics

improve According to the German chambers of industry and Commerce are currently represented in more than 190 German companies with branches in all of Egypt. They employ around 35,000 employees.

Altmaier believes that these German companies can improve their investments and training offered the economic basis for the people in Egypt. "It is important that - in particular in the field of education, but also in the area of the middle class, the small and medium-sized enterprises, and the technologies of the future - the investment is made. We found a great openness."

progress in security and stability

As the biggest obstacle to the German companies in Egypt, however, the bureaucracy. Another issue: security and terrorism - there has improved since a few years, a lot of what Altmaier acknowledged explicitly. And finally, the human rights situation from the point of view of human rights organisations, as bad as ever.

Altmaier said cautiously. "There continue to be debates on the security situation and on the situation of human rights in Egypt," he says. "This is known, which has also been mentioned, but the important thing is that the government has made progress in terms of security and stability in the last few weeks and months."

The Altmaier - have contributed to the fact that the number of German tourists had increased in Egypt in the past year by 40 percent. From any other country, more visitors come currently here. Air to the top, however, remains - in every area. "I have found that there is in Egypt a great appreciation for German companies and their work, and that means that we also have a significant potential for expansion, especially in the area of traditional industry cooperation."

Altmaier, Cairo
Carsten district with youngsters, ARD, Cairo
03.02.2019 21:07 PM

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