Egypt’s Sissi eyes $1 billion trade with Vietnam on two-day visit

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reviews the guard of honor with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam September 6, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 September 2017

Egypt’s Sissi eyes $1 billion trade with Vietnam on two-day visit

HANOI: Vietnam and Egypt agreed Wednesday to nearly triple trade to $1 billion including with ship-building and IT contracts, as Egypt seeks to kickstart its sputtering economy and forge ties with fast-growing Asian nations.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is in Hanoi for a two-day visit — the first ever by an Egyptian leader — aimed at drumming up business ties with the country.
“We discussed means to reinforce bilateral ties in many areas, in particular in economics, especially in light of Vietnam’s achievements in the fields of industry and commerce,” Sissi told reporters.
Egypt’s economy tanked after a 2011 revolution that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak, and though growth has steadily recovered, reaching 4.3 percent last year from 1.8 percent in 2011, it is still hampered by high inflation.
Last year the International Monetary Fund approved a $12 billion loan to prop up the ailing economy.
Cairo has also sought new trade partners after relations with Washington soured when Sissi overthrew Islamist president Muhammad Mursi four years ago.
Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang called for more trade with Egypt after officials signed nine agreements Wednesday, including in the areas of transport, fisheries and investment.
“We are determined to bring bilateral trade volume to $1 billion in the future,” Quang said, adding they would focus on ship-building, IT, seaports, manufacturing and agro-processing.
Egypt is Vietnam’s second biggest trading partner in Africa, though trade has faltered in recent years, hitting $316 million last year from $395 million in 2014.
Sissi’s visit comes as Vietnam courts international investment from new allies in Africa and the Middle East.
Analysts say Hanoi is looking to drum up trade deals after the US pulled out of the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership in January, a major blow to Vietnam which was set to gain enormously from the 12-nation pact.
Communist Vietnam is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, clocking more than five percent annual growth over the past five years.
Sissi will attend a business forum Thursday before departing.


Dubai launches economic program for post COVID-19 recovery 

Updated 05 August 2020

Dubai launches economic program for post COVID-19 recovery 

  • “The Great Economic Reset Programme” is part of a “COVID Exit initiative” to help the recovery and reshaping of the economy
  • The economic program will feature analyses of current and future policies

DUBAI: Dubai launched an economic program as part of its efforts to reshape the emirate’s economy for a “sustainable” and “resilient” future post the coronavirus pandemic, the government said. 
The Dubai government partnered with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) to launch “The Great Economic Reset Programme” as part of a “COVID Exit initiative” to help the recovery and reshaping of the economy, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday. 
The economic program will feature analyses of current and future policies, research and extensive stakeholder consultation to set the direction and tone of future economic policies, regulations and initiatives.
The government plans to use local and international experts for economies and societies to create growth strategies for the Dubai economy.
The MBRSG held a “Virtual Policy Council,” with global experts and thought leaders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and potential policy responses and initiatives. 
Chief economists, senior practitioners and researchers from leading global institutions including the World Bank, joined experts from Dubai Economy and the MBRSG at the first roundtable.
“I believe the triple helix collaboration between public, private and academia stakeholders have always produced the best solutions in the past. In the highly uncertain environment now, extensive collaboration and cooperation between all stakeholders are vital to our future prosperity. The Virtual Policy Council will propose the best approaches Dubai and the UAE can adopt to address the risks and opportunities in the next normal economy,” said Mohammed Shael Al-Saadi, CEO of the Corporate Strategic Affairs sector in Dubai Economy.
“This Virtual Policy Council is a key component of the whole process where global experts and thinkers share their views on the future economy. In this new era, the role of governments in enabling the new economic actors is becoming increasingly central, and Dubai is well-positioned to lead the way with innovative models of growth post COVID19,” said Professor Raed Awamleh, Dean of MBRSG.
The roundtable also discussed the impact of the pandemic on international trade, foreign investment and tourism, as well as the rise of digital globalization.