Panama and Egypt establish maritime cooperation

The Egyptian minister of transport Saad El-Giushy, the Panama’s minister of maritime affairs Jorge Barakat and El-Giushy have established mechanisms for cooperation in maritime affairs between the two countries during a meeting in the city of Alexandria.

El-Giushy recognised Panama’s experience in maritime affairs and particularly the logistics development which is based on the Panama Canal and the port activity as a transhipment hub. The minister of transport said he wanted to know first-hand the Panamanian experience, through an exchange of technical delegations.

Barakat had spoken at the V Conference of Maritime Logistics (MARLOG) on the “Panama’s opportunities, thanks to the expansion of the canal.”

During his visit, Barakat also signed a letter of intent with the president of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Ismail Abdel Gaffar, to begin cooperation in training of seafarers between Panama and Egypt.

Alexandria’s faculty of maritime transport of the Arab Academy has an integrated simulator centre and training centre for survival and training at sea.

Posted 16 March 2016

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Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News Seatrade correspondent Michele Labrut has continuously covered the maritime sector of Central & Latin America since moving to Panama City in the 1980s. Author of Seatrade's annual Panama Maritime Review and of several books, Michele also writes for Time magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Merit (Knight grade) by the French Government for her services to international journalism.

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