A delegation led by Ken Baston, minister for Agriculture and Food, and Fisheries, Western Australia, discussed trade and agriculture cooperation between Egypt and Western Australia, Egypt-based Al Wafd Newspaper reports.
A statement by the Australian Embassy in Cairo states that “the Australian delegation, is visiting Egypt currently, will meet with officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Trade and Supply, and will hold meetings with Egyptian importers of agricultural products.”
Ken Baston reveals that enhancing cooperation in the field of agricultural research will be one of the main issues discussed at the meetings with Egyptian officials, due to the similarity of the climate between Egypt and the Australian state.
From his side, Australian Ambassador in Cairo, Neil Hawkins, welcomes the delegation’s visit, noting that the visit reflects the increasing interest in Egypt by Australian investors and exporters who work in the agriculture field.
The trade volume between Egypt and Australia reached nearly AUD500 million in 2014/2015.
Last year Egypt imported from Australia meat worth more than AUD100m, wheat worth AUD90m and vegetables worth AUD136m.
(AUD1 = AED2.59, at the time of publishing)