UK-Egypt Association Council inaugurated

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, and the UK’s Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Development, Liz Truss, have inaugurated the UK-Egypt Association Council in London. 

The Council aims to create a new platform to further the ambitions of developing the strategic partnership between Egypt and the UK laid out in the UK-Egypt Association Agreement, signed in December 2020.

In a joint statement, the ministers welcomed a number of recent commercial successes between the UK and Egypt (including the 2-line Cairo Monorail project, which includes trains manufactured in Derby) and discussed ways to enhance economic cooperation going forward.

They agreed to tackling trade barriers and sharing expertise, committing to improving market access in the agriculture, healthcare, energy, and financial sectors. And, in particular, they welcomed:

  • a new phase of collaboration between NHS’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Egypt’s Unified Procurement Authority (UPA), helping to institutionalise Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Egypt.

  • a joint statement of intent signed between Egypt’s Energy Regulatory Authority (EERA) and the British Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM), which on focused supporting reform to Egypt’s renewable energy regulation.

The ministers discussed a wide range of other bilateral, regional and global matters, and said that they would be holding regular Association Council meetings together.