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Overview:

  • Egypt and New Zealand enjoy strong and diverse relations in different aspects.
  • Bilateral relations between the two countries have witnessed tangible developments in all its spheres. 
  • Egypt and New Zealand are keen on exchanging views and coordinating their positions on international issues of mutual concern.
  • Egypt has an embassy in Wellington opened in April 2010 and New Zealand has an embassy in Cairo since 2007.
  • New Zealand has served with the MFO since its inception in 1982 with a contingent consisting of 26 personnel.
  • New Zealand also is a strong supporter of de-mining programs, contributing in Egypt's North West Coast Development and Mine Action Plan in partnership with the Egyptian government and UNDP.
  • Egypt and New Zealand have signed a Trade Agreement in 1977 to enhance bilateral economic and trade cooperation, in which both countries agreed to establish a joint trade committee.
  • An Education Cooperation Agreement between the Egyptian ministry of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research and the New Zealand Ministry of Education was signed in 2010. ​

Recent Bilateral Meetings:​​​

  • A mechanism for political consultations was established between the two countries on Assistant Foreign Minister's level.
  • The First Round of Political Consultations was held in Wellington 2008, while the Second Round was held in Cairo in October 2010, followed by The last and third round in Cairo in November 2012, where the two sides reviewed the status of bilateral relations and discussed ways to further enhance and deepen cooperation especially in their economic and investments aspects, as well as to activate and extend the trade agreement currently in force and exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest. ​

Economic Relations:​​

  • Egypt is New Zealand's second largest trading partner in Africa.
  • Trade between the two countries in 2014 has reached $NZ 493.7 million.
  • Major New Zealand exports are meat and dairy products, whereas major Egyptian exports are focused on vegetables, cotton fabrics, and floor coverings.