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Ukraine-Egypt relations
02 February 2021 20:10

BILATERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT


ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS: January 25, 1992

Diplomatic institutions: On September 1, 1993, the Ukrainian Embassy in Egypt was opened in Cairo. Embassy of Egypt in Ukraine opened in 1993.

POLITICAL CONTACTS

VISITS AT THE LEVEL OF HEADS OF STATE: December 1992 - visit to Egypt of the President of Ukraine Mr. Leonid Kravchuk; April 2008 - visit to Egypt of the President of Ukraine Mr. Viktor Yushchenko.

Meeting of the President of Ukraine Mr. Pertro Poroshenko with the President of Egypt Mr. A. Al-Sisi (February 15, 2019) within the framework of the Munich Security Conference.

Meeting of the President of Ukraine Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy with the President of Egypt Mr. A. Al-Sisi  (September 25, 2019) in the framework of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

On July 24, 2020, President of Ukraine Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a telephone conversation with President of Egypt Mr. A. Al-Sisi.

VISITS OF UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTERS TO EGYPT - March 1997, November 2010.

VISITS AND CONTACTS AT THE MFA LEVEL: December 2002 – Ukrainian MFA Mr. Zlenko visited Egypt; December 2005 – Ukrainian MFA Mr. Tarasyuk visited Egypt; December 2010 – Egyptian MFA Mr. A. Aboul-Gheit visited Ukraine; April 2018 - Ukrainian MFA Mr Klimkin visited Egypt.

VISITS AT THE GOVERNMENT LEVEL (in recent years): August 2015 - visit to Egypt of the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mr. Pavlenko.

August 2015 - visit to Egypt of the delegation of the Ministry of Economic Development of Ukraine headed by the Deputy Minister - Trade Representative of Ukraine Mrs. Mykolska.

July 2017 - visit to Cairo of Ukrainian delegation headed by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development of Ukraine Mr. Perevezentsev.

April 2018 - visit to Ukraine of the Minister for Public Sector Companies of Egypt Mr. Badavi

October 31 - November 2, 2018 - the 7th meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Ukraine and Egypt in Kyiv.

November 2019 -  visit to Egypt of Ukrainian delegation of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine headed by the Deputy Minister - Trade Representative of Ukraine Mr. Kachka.

July 2020 - visit to Ukraine of the Egyptian delegation headed by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt Mr Anani.

October 2020 - visit to Egypt of the Ukrainian delegation headed by the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Mr. Zhovkva, accompanied by the Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Yenin, Trade Representative Mr. Kachka and other high officials and businessmen.

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY COOPERATION

In May 2018, a friendship group for inter-parliamentary relations with Ukraine was established in the Egyptian parliament. In December 2018, the members of the Egyptian Friendship Group visited Ukraine.

Inter-parliamentary friendship group with Egypt was established in Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) in June 2020

THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK

There are 31 (conventions, agreements, memorandums) bilateral treaties in force between the two states, most of which are of an economic nature.

KEY DOCUMENTS: Agreement on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Agreement on Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments, Agreement on Trade Cooperation, Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion with respect to taxes on income and property.

TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION: The total volume of trade in goods and services between Ukraine and Egypt in 2020 was 1.8 bln USD. The total volume of trade in goods and services between Ukraine and Egypt in 2019 was 2,63 bln USD.

The main Ukrainian export to Egypt: grain, ferrous metals, seeds and fruits of oilseeds, tobacco and its industrial substitutes.

The main Egyptian export to Ukraine: edible fruits, mostly citrus.

INVESTMENT COOPERATION

NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” is implementing in Egypt the largest investment project of Ukraine abroad. The cost of Ukraine's state investments in Egypt since the start of the project is more than 500 mln USD.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL JOINT COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION 

The Intergovernmental Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Ukraine and Egypt was founded in 1993. The last - seventh meeting of the Commission took place in Kyiv in 2018

The Ukrainian part of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Ukraine and the Arab Republic of Egypt is headed by the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture - Trade Representative of Ukraine Mr. Kachka, his Egyptian counterpart is the Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt Mrs. Rania Al-Mashat.

The 8th meeting of the Commission is expected to be held in Cairo in March 2021.

TOURISM 

Ukraine ranks second in terms of the number of tourists visiting Egyptian resorts. In 2019, 1,49 mln. Ukrainian citizens visited Egypt (first place - Germany, 2,47 mln people). In 2020 almost 730 thousands of Ukrainians visited Egypt.

EDUCATIONAL SPHERE

According to Ukrainian data, as of January 2020, 3499 Egyptian students have been studying in Ukrainian Universities.  

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