CAIRO (Rahnuma) : Saudi Arabia has signed a triple agreement to finance a range of industrial development projects in Egypt, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is to pump 125 million Egyptian pounds (SR28.2 million) into renewable energy, agriculture and livestock projects in the African nation.
Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr said the funding would provide vital support to small- and medium-sized projects and encourage young investors to play a greater role in economic development.
“The agreements reflect the great interest in the diversity of sources of funding, according to the youths’ demand to be able to rely on something other than the banks, where procedures would be easier and would not require too many guarantees,” she said.
The signing ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, in Cairo, in the presence of Nasr, Egypt’s transport minister, Lt. Gen. Kamel Al-Waziri, and the Saudi ambassador to Egypt and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League, Osama Nuqali.
The agreements were inked by Hasan Al-Attas, director general of operations and head of the SFD’s grant management committee, and the director general of projects and studies at the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY).