During Sisi’s visit to China the past week, Minister of State for Military Production and Minister of State for Trade and Industry Amr Nassar witnessed on Sunday morning the signing ceremony of a partnership agreement with China for the joint manufacture of electric cars in Egypt, as reported by the State Information Service.
Amr Nassar pointed out that the partnership deal includes joint manufacturing of 2,000 buses within four years, in which the Egyptian component represents 45 percent, followed by other phases of joint manufacturing of other types of electric vehicles in cooperation with the Military Factory 200.
He added that he also paid a visit to Foton Motor to ensure that the Chinese company’s factory is capable of fulfilling its obligations under the partnership.
In October 2018, the ‘Sustainable Transport Egypt 2018’ conference kicked off in Cairo discussing the advent and future of electric vehicles in the country.
Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad stated that the environment ministry began working on a sustainable transport project six years ago as part of efforts to reduce emission levels in the country.
Fouad added that the ministry’s target is to also lay a foundation for this technology in the country and create a market for sustainable transport, starting with laws in order to sustain this technology.
“We do not want to have a technology that would fade away after a couple of years. Sustainability means continuation without wasting natural sources,” she said.
Alexander Koerner, coordinator of the Air Quality and Mobility Unit for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke about the programme’s project to foster electric mobility to reduce emissions from the transport sector.
Koernor also spoke about climate change and how the Global Environment Fund (GEF) identified electric mobility as a key mitigation option.