On September 6, 2017, Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Huang Wei met with Egyptian Vice Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology Mahmoud Sakr, who was leading the Egyptian delegation to the Forum of China-Arab States Technology Transfer & Innovation Cooperation Conference 2017 in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views and reached a number of agreements on promoting China-Egypt scientific and technological(S&T) cooperation.
Vice Minister Huang Wei pointed out that China and Egypt have long-term friendly cooperation. In recent years, the two sides have worked together under the framework of the Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation and the China-Arab Science and Technology Partnership to build joint laboratories on renewable energies, support Egyptian young scientists to participate in the “Talented Young Scientist Program” and carry out joint research projects. These practical cooperation programs have delivered fruitful results and served as a role model of China-Arab and China-Africa S&T cooperation. Vice Minister Huang briefed President Sakr on the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Action Plan, and welcomed Egypt‘s participation in the program to support sustained and steady economic and social development in both countries.
President Sakr said he was honored to visit China and attend the conference. A series of important cooperation activities between China and Egypt in the field of STI have given strong support to the building of the Belt and Road. On the sound basis of cooperation, the two sides could expand common grounds and lend new impetus to China-Egypt cooperation on S&T innovation.
After the meeting, Vice Minister Huang Wei and President Sakr signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research on the Establishment of the China-Egypt Technology Transfer Center.
Zhu Xuehua, DDG of International Cooperation of MOST, Zhang Fan, DDG of S&T for Social Development, Wang Zhe, DG of S&T for Rural Development, DG Ma Qinggui and Party Secretary Guo Bingchen of the S&T Department of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region attended the meeting.