EU-Egypt Task Force
FIRST MEETING OF THE EU-EGYPT TASK FORCE
AND EU-EGYPT INVESTMENT AND TOURISM FORUM
CAIRO 13-14 NOVEMBER 2012
Egypt has recently held the first democratic elections in its long history and President Morsi chose to come to Brussels on 13 September as one of his first overseas trips. The Egyptian authorities see the European Union as major partner for the new Egypt. For its part, the EU is committed to responding in an appropriately ambitious way to the historic transition we are witnessing.
Against that background, the first EU-Egypt Taskforce will meet on 13-14 November in Cairo. The Task Force was announced in September by Presidents Barroso and Morsi and will be the moment when the European Union needs to come together to send its strongest possible signal of support to the Egyptian people.
Please see here the press statements made by President Barroso following his meeting with President Morsi [68 KB] and High Representative Catherine Ashton on the creation of the Task Force and the organisation of the investment and tourism forum [90 KB] .
The success of the transition in Egypt will have enormous regional and indeed global implications. The European and Egyptian business communities can play a major role. Only by bringing together political and economic leaders from both sides of the Mediterranean can we collectively address our shared agenda of boosting investment, restarting tourism, opening markets, creating jobs and offering new opportunities for the people of Egypt.
This is why Lady Ashton and Vice President Tajani have addressed an invitation to the leading European Business organisations (Eurochambres [136 KB] , Business Europe [138 KB] and UEAPME [137 KB] ) and key European tourist related business organisation (IACA [136 KB] , ECTAA [140 KB] , HOTREC [136 KB] , European Cruise Council [142 KB] ) inviting the leaders of these organisation to join them at the Task Force and asking the organisation to indentify CEO's of European companies to join the delegation at the event, which will include the forum, bilateral meetings with representatives of the Egyptian authorities and networking opportunities with the Egyptian business community.
European associations of specific industrial sectors in areas of relevance for infrastructure investment, for which the Egyptian authorities have expressed an interest, such as water, waste water, transport and logistics, electricity and renewable energy have also been contacted, as well as industry associations in the areas of agro food and textiles.
This initiative will also involve participation of senior representatives of the European Investment Bank, which has been present for many years in Egypt, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will begin operations there next month. The Commission will also be substantially stepping up its financial commitment and many private investors are looking for new opportunities in this large market with huge potential.
The draft programme of the investment and tourism forum is under constant development and the bilateral and networking meetings are still under construction. On this page we will make new information available as and when it becomes available.
European companies that have an interest in participating in this event and becoming part of the European delegation with Vice President Tajani and Lady Ashton, are invited to contact the organisations represented above.
Letters of Intent:
- Industrial Cooperation [155 KB]
- SME Policy Dialogue [210 KB]
- Standardisation [196 KB]
- Tourism [302 KB]
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani speaking at the EU Egypt Task Force Business and Tourism Summits
Catherine Ashton, Antonio Tajani and Hesham Kandeel, Prime Minister of Egypt, at the Opening Session of the Egypt-EU Task Force
Antonio Tajani and Osama Saleh, Minister of Investments of Egypt
Antonio Tajani and Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade of Egypt
More information can be made available by:
Edward Tersmette, Policy officer, International affairs unit
Edward.Tersmette@ec.europa.eu – tel: +32-2.2993139
Issues relating to company participation:
Elena Lazzarotto, assistant policy officer
Elena.Lazzarotto@ec.europa.eu Tel: +32.2.22983033