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1. Egypt’s ministry of transport and Thales sign agreement for the creation of rail transport academy. (News Now)

On the occasion of a visit to Paris by Egypt’s Transport Minister, H.E Prof. Ibrahim El-Dimeery, the Egyptian Ministry of Transport and Thales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the creation of an Egyptian Academy of Transport Science and Technology (EATST). This partnership will support the development of the rail industry in Egypt, while delivering real added value to the country’s higher education sector.

The MoU builds on an initial partnership agreement signed between the Ministry of Transport and Thales in 2010 and broadens its scope through the creation of a truly multi-domain transport academy, north of Cairo.

Thales, via its corporate university, will carry out a feasibility study for the academy and propose academic and professional training programmes in the field of urban and main line rail. The academy will eventually be capable of welcoming more than 1,000 students and trainees, with an initial year group of 200 starting in 2014.

Egypt has a pressing need to train local talent in various rail industry fields, in particular following the government’s launch of an ambitious plan to modernise the country’s urban and main line rail infrastructure.



2.     Military training between Egypt and Bahrain continues. (Kuwait News Agency)

Military training between Egypt and Bahrain continues Monday and includes training on counter-terrorism activities, Military Spokesperson Ahmed Ali said Tuesday on his official Facebook page.

The exercise is set to continue for several days and includes training on freeing hostages, facing different forms of aggression, various combat skills and dealing with explosives.

Ali added that the training comes in the framework of military exercises with friendly neighboring  countries, to enhance military cooperation and exchange experiences, in order to reach highest levels of efficiency and combat readiness.

Bahrain News Agency reported Tuesday that the training includes stages of military actions and joint defense, in addition to exercises on practical applications and tactical maneuvers.

They added that the training aims to promote the spirit collaboration to protect the safety and security of the region.

The joint exercises include flight training between the Egyptian Air Force and the Royal Bahraini Air Force with nine countries, several news websites reported April 30.



3.     New Egypt-Saudi agreements aim to further economic relations. (Khaleej Times)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are working to further their trade and economic relations through a bundle of new agreements signed in mid-April that set specific rules for export and customs procedures, economists told Al-Shorfa.

"The new agreements are in place in order to activate work and the economic agreements previously signed by both countries," said Maamoun Saleh of the Ministry of Investment's foreign trade division.

The agreements aim to prevent double taxation and co-ordinate joint customs operations, he added.

The bundle includes 12 agreements that regulate trade between both countries in terms of documentation for exports and imports between the two countries, such as freight information, invoices and certificates of origin, he said.

"Regarding foreign goods, there must be certificates of origin in place in addition to health certificates for animal and plant-based products," he said. "As for [transport] trucks, one of the agreements involves a provision for facilitating the passage of freight vehicles as well as procedures related to drivers."

The agreements also call for joint customs trainings and the exchange of technical and administrative expertise in order to facilitate the transport of goods and identify violations, Saleh said.



4.     Fahmy receives call from S. African Minister. (All Africa)

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy has received yesterday a phone call from South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

During the conversation, the South African Minister congratulated the minister on the successful presidential election, a spokesman at the ministry said.

Nkoana-Mashabane said her country was looking forward to the safe return of Egypt to her special place in Africa in the coming period.

The African continent can't be back in full power without Egypt, the spokesman quoted the African minister as saying.

The bilateral cooperation between Egypt and South Africa was also discussed during the telephone conversation, the spokesman concluded.




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