19-04-2024

Minister Skuodis to hold talks in Egypt on transport links and cooperation

On Sunday, Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis will leave for Egypt, where he will hold talks with Egypt’s Ministers of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Civil Aviation and other senior officials on the opportunities to develop transport links and increase cargo flows. The Ministers will discuss the possibilities to initiate the signing process of the Air Service Agreement, which would pave the way for regular direct flights between Lithuania and Egypt.

The visit, scheduled for 22-24 April, will include Mr Skuodis's meetings with Egypt's Minister of Transport Kamel Al Wazir, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat and Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Abbas Helmy Hashem. The Ministers will discuss, among other topics, direct air connectivity between the two countries, the digitalisation of transport and logistics, increasing sustainability, 5G development and other issues.

The Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications will also visit Egypt’s largest seaport – the Port of Alexandria. Minister Skuodis will present the opportunities to strengthen cooperation with the Port of Klaipėda and the investments in its development, he will invite the Port’s authorities to visit Klaipėda.

Egypt is one of the most popular destinations for Lithuanian travellers in Africa. In 2023, about 154,000 passengers travelled on charter flights between Lithuania and the most popular Egyptian resorts.

Egypt ranks 21st in terms of direct shipping volumes to Klaipėda. Last year, a total of over 327,000 units of cargo were transported to and from Egypt via the Port of Klaipėda.

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