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Alexandria and Guangdong will stand closely for better cooperation: Governor of Alexandria

By Manal Abdel Fattah

a special ceremony was held in Alexandria Governorate, Egypt. Mohamed El-Sherif, Governor of Alexandria, received the “Guangdong Friendship Award” from Chen Jianwen, Standing Committee Member of the CPC Guangdong Committee, as well as Head of the Publicity Department of CPC Guangdong Committee.

Located in north Egypt, Alexandria Governorate became the 100th sister province of Guangdong in 2010, which was a milestone for both regions.

“It is a great pleasure for me to receive this valuable honour from the province of Guangdong,” said El-Sherif.

As the only award winner in Africa, El-Sherif indicated that the award will make the two provinces stand closely for better cooperation in the future.

Near the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria Governorate owns the port of Alexandria, which registers 65% of Egypt’s total export-import volume.

On November 7, the Guangzhou Port and Alexandria Port established a sister port relationship and are set to launch cooperation in opening sea lanes, building smart ports, personnel training, and more.

“I will visit the ports in Guangzhou, if I have the chance to visit Guangdong,” said the Governor. In his opinion, port cooperation is one of the most important fields for the two regions, since the province of Guangdong stands beside the sea, a similar location to Alexandria Governorate.

El-Sherif told GDToday that Alexandria Governorate owns the largest chamber of commerce in Egypt, as well as an enterprise association. Both of them can play important roles in port cooperation with Guangdong.

“We can see many cargo ships arrive in Alexandria Port every day. The port cooperation will be an important starting point for the two regions,” he stressed.

According to the government of Guangzhou, a total of 24 sea lanes from Guangzhou to Egypt have been launched. Statistics show that more than 27,425 TEU containers of goods have been shipped to Egypt from January to October this year.“A lot of products in Egypt are coming from China,” said he.

During the interview, the Governor showed the Chinese products he is using to GDToday’s reporter, such as pens and glasses. He said, “It is difficult for me to introduce Chinese products to you, because many products from China are being sold in Egypt.”

Not only are small items being sold in Egypt, but also big-size objects are being used by Alexandria Governorate’s people as well.

In 2018, Alexandria Governorate imported 18 electric buses from BYD, a Chinese automobile brand headquartered in Guangdong’s Shenzhen.

El-Sherif emphasized that the technology of electric vehicles (EV) is important for Alexandria’s development, as the city of Alexandria is now facing potential risk brought by flooding, due to global warming.

In fact, flooding is not rare in the city of Alexandria, the second-largest city in Egypt. According to AFP, at least 30% of land in the city of Alexandria will be submerged by the Mediterranean Sea.

“The EV can replace natural gas and oil so that the global warming will be alleviated. In this circumstance, sea level may not rise,” said the Governor.

“I saw an EV can go 450km after charging it for 30 minutes. This is remarkable,” he stressed.He revealed that the province has already imported 40 electric buses from China this year.Cultural collaboration is expected to deepen understanding between people from the two provinces

On November 21, more than 20 books representing Chinese culture and Lingnan culture were donated to the Library of Alexandria from Guangdong Publishing Group, including the Arabic version of A Historical End——Global Perspectives on China’s Poverty Alleviation and World Development, The China Bridge: A Road to Fulfill the Dream of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Poetry with Ink-and-Wash Paintings for Children, Fun Chinese Learning and the bilingual version of Chao Embroidery and more.

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