Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Egypt (Updated on October 2014)

India and Egypt, two of the world’s oldest civilizations, have enjoyed a history of close contact from ancient times. Even prior to the Common Era, Ashoka’s edicts refer to his relations with Egypt under Ptolemy II. In modern times, Mahatma Gandhi and Saad Zaghloul shared common goals on the independence of their countries, a relationship that was to blossom into an exceptionally close friendship between Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jawaharlal Nehru, leading to a Friendship Treaty between the two countries in 1955. The Non-Aligned Movement, led by Nehru and Nasser, was a natural concomitant of this relationship. 

Indian Diaspora in Egypt: 

·         Non Residents Indians (NRI):  3300 (February 2010)
·         Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): 200 (February 2010)
·         Total Indian Community: 3500 (February 2010)
·         Remittance inflows (US$ Million): 7.16 (2012)

India’s trade with Egypt

·         Export (US$ Million): 1361.66 (April-August 2014)
·         Import (US$ Million): 661.8 (April-August 2014)
·         Total (US$ Million): 2023.46 (April-August 2014)
·         Trade Balance (US$ Million): 699.86 (April-August 2014)

Bilateral Investment with Egypt

·         Investment inflows (US$ Million): 0.11 (2014-upto July 2014)
·         Investment outflows (US$ Million): Nil (August 2014)

Bilateral Tourism with Egypt

·        Outbound : 73443 (2011)
·        Inbound : 15062 (2013)

Important Bilateral Treaties and Agreements include 
  • Agreement on the establishment of the Joint Commission (1983)
  • Agreement on combating international terrorism and trans-national and organized Crime (1995)
  • Agreement on Tourism Cooperation (1997)
  • The Partnership Agreement (2006)
  • Extradition Treaty (2008)
  • MoU on Trade and Technical Cooperation (2008)
  • MoU on Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes (2008)
  • MoU on Cooperation in field of Health and Medicine(2008)
  • MoU on Renewable Energy Cooperation (2011)
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Environmental Protection (2012)
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Electoral Management and Administration (2012)
  • MoU on Cooperation in Information and Communication Technology (2013)
  • MoU on Cooperation in Cyber Security (2013)
  • MoU on the establishment of a Centre for Excellence in IT (2013)
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Micro and Small Enterprises (2013)
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Protection, Preservation and Management of Cultural Heritage (2013)
  • MoU on Upgradation of a vocational Training Centre in Cairo (2013)
  • Letter of Intent on cooperation in the field of solar energy (2013)
  • Letter of Intent to Launch Egyptian nano-satellite (2013)

Related links

50th Anniversary Celebrations of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) in Cairo
The 50th Anniversary of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme was celebrated in Cairo on 30 October 2014 at India House. The function was attended by a large number of Egyptian officials and nationals who have been trained in various courses organized under the ITEC programme in India.   Speaking at the event, Ambassador Navdeep Suri emphasized that the ITEC was launched in 1964 as a programme of cooperation and partnership by India to address the needs of friendly developing countries in the field of human resource development.

Prime Minister and Senior Ministers of Egypt visit largest Indian Investment in Egypt
On October 28, 2014, H.E. Prime Minister Eng. Ibrahim Mehleb, six Cabinet Ministers and the Governor of Port Said, General Samah Qandil visited the TCI Sanmar plant in Port Said, the largest Indian investment in Egypt. The Ministers who accompanied the Prime Minister were Dr. Laila Iskandar – Minister of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements, Eng. Hany Dahy, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Ashraf Salman, the Minister of Investment, Dr. Ashraf El Araby the Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform, Mr. Khaled Hanafy, the Minister of Supply, and Mr. Adel Labib the Minister of Local Development and Administrative Development.

Celebration of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) day in Cairo
ITEC day will be celebrated in Cairo on 30 October 2014 at India House at 6:30pm.  H.E. Dr. Naglaa El Ahwany, Hon’ble Minister International Cooperation will be the Guest of Honour. The function will be attended by a large number of Egyptian officials and nationals who have been trained in various courses organized under the ITEC programme in India. 

India Day celebrations in Minya
The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) organized 'India Day' celebrations at Minya Governorate on 20 October 2014. The event was held with the cooperation of the Cultural Palace of Minya Governorate and the Chambers of Commerce.


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