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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and Ireland

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Location

Located in the northwest of continental Europe, Ireland shares a land border with Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Celtic Sea to the south, the St. George's Canal to the southeast, and the Irish Sea to the east.

Capital

Dublin City

Official Currency

Euro

Area

  70,273 km2

Official language

Ireland has two official languages: Irish as the first official language and English as the second official language.

Political relations

Egyptian-Irish relations are excellent at the political and historical level, as the two sides consult and exchange views on major regional and international issues of common interest, foremost of which is the Middle East peace process, the Barcelona process, neighborhood policy, disarmament, and nuclear non-proliferation issues.

Mutual visits

On 15/12/2022, Egypt, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the unfortunate incident in which the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was subjected to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which resulted in the death of a peacekeeper in the Irish contingent and the injury of three others.

On 9/11/2022, Sameh Shoukry received Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, the meeting dealt with a number of  issues on the regional and international arenas, foremost of which is the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the resulting state of international polarization and negative repercussions on the economies of developing countries, as well as the Palestinian issue, where the Foreign Minister reviewed the firm Egyptian position on the need to revive the peace process in accordance with the principle of the two-state solution and the decisions of international legitimacy.

On 21/9/2022, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Simon Coveney, on the sidelines of their participation in the work of the United Nations General Assembly, the two  ministers discussed  ways to develop the overall bilateral relations during the coming period, and build on the momentum in relations between Egypt and the European Union after the recent signing of the Agreement on Participation Priorities, the convening of the Association Council between the two sides, and investing the promising potential for cooperation between the two countries in a number of sectors, especially energy.  Renewable, telecommunications, information technologies, digitalization, medical and pharmaceutical industries, and food industries.

On 7/7/2022, the Speaker of the Irish Parliament, "Sean O'Vergal", received Ambassador Khaled Tharwat, Ambassador of Egypt Bidblin, the two sides discussed the most prominent developments in bilateral relations between the two countries, and touched on many international issues of common interest, foremost of which is the Ukrainian crisis.

On 20/6/2022, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Irish Defense Minister Simon Coveney, on the sidelines of the meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, the two sides discussed issues of common concern .

On 17/6/2022, the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Irish Parliament, Charlie Flanagan, received Ambassador Khaled Tharwat, Egypt's Ambassador to Ireland, and the two sides discussed many international issues of common interest, especially the Ukrainian file, and the developments of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

On 22/10/2020, a round of political consultations was held between Egypt headed by Ambassador Dr. Badr Abdel Aty, Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs, and Ambassador Sonia Hyland, Director General of the Middle East Department at the Irish Foreign Ministry, where they discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between Egypt and Ireland, the talks dealt with ways to enhance bilateral relations between Egypt and Ireland at the political level,  The talks also included the exchange of visions on regional and international issues of common interest, as the Irish side, in light of its membership in the Security Council, was keen to identify Egypt's vision of the overall situation in the Middle East and Africa, the latest developments in Libya, the Syrian crisis, combating terrorism, illegal immigration and development, as the Egyptian side stressed the danger of the negative role played by regional parties in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Irish side expressed its appreciation for Egypt's efforts, expressing the importance of continued coordination to achieve a political settlement to these crises as soon as possible.

On 24/9/2019, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland in New York, and the meeting reviewed ways to advance bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the fields of defense and security, combating terrorism and organized crime.

On 18/2/2019, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Ireland, where he held a dialogue session with members of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), which dealt with the most prominent developments in the Middle East, as well as the Egyptian vision on all regional issues.

On 18/2/2019, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, discussed with Ali Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, ways to advance bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and regional and international issues of common interest, and Shoukry expressed Egypt's aspiration to raise cooperation relations to new levels and wider horizons to include all areas of common interest, and the two ministers stressed during the meeting, the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries, and the need to maintain the periodicity of holding political consultations between them, as the round was held.  Shoukry reviewed the Egyptian vision in this regard, stressing the importance of reaching a permanent and just settlement of the Palestinian issue that guarantees the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, in accordance with the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

On 25/9/2018, Michael de Higgel, President of the Republic of Ireland, received Dr. Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the House of Representatives and his accompanying parliamentary delegation, at the Presidential Palace in Dublin. Dr. Abdel Aal conveyed the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the President of Ireland, and the meeting dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries, where Dr. Ali Abdel Aal stressed the strong and developed relations between the two countries, which are governed by many common constants and similar history. The Speaker of the House of Representatives expressed his happiness for the positive developments in the relations between the two countries in the recent period in various fields, the President of Ireland expressed his great appreciation for the pivotal role played by Egypt towards the conflicts and crises raging in the region, especially the Palestinian issue, noting that his country calls for new negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to search for a just and lasting peace in the region.

On 8/1/2018, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as the Palestinian issue, the file of illegal immigration and the elimination of terrorism.

On 28/8/ In 2017, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from the new Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, who affirmed his country's pride in its distinguished relations with Egypt, expressing his aspiration to work with the President during the coming period to continue developing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

On 9/6/2017, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney, where the Irish Minister offered his condolences on the victims of the Rafah terrorist incident, expressing his country's full solidarity with Egypt in its fight against brutal terrorism.

On 13/5/2017,  Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a call from his Irish counterpart, Simon Coveney, where the two ministers consulted on the developments of the crisis and the efforts that the Security Council seeks to carry out in order to shoulder its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security, in light of the fact that Ireland is a member of the Security Council, which is preparing to hold its third session tomorrow, Friday, to address the current crisis and ways to get out of it.

On 11/1/2017, a parliamentary delegation headed by Shane Oh Vergel, Speaker of Parliament, and the membership of representatives of all Irish parties, visited Egypt, and was received by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the two sides discussed the developments of the case of the Irish citizen of Egyptian origin, "Ibrahim Halawa", accused in one of the cases, where the President stressed that Egypt is working to consolidate the rule of law and respects the principle of separation of powers, stressing that it is not possible to interfere in the work of the Egyptian judiciary or in the cases before it until after the issuance of Final rulings thereon in accordance with the Constitution .

On 11/1/2017, Dr. Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, received on Wednesday, Sean O'Virgil, Speaker of the Irish Parliament and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, Abdel Aal praised Ireland's positive positions towards Egypt after the June 30 revolution  , and the meeting also dealt with regional issues, where Abdel Aal stressed Egypt's firm position on the need for a peaceful solution to the Syrian and Libyan crisis, stressing that with regard to the Palestinian issue, the need to approve the two-state solution and the establishment of the Palestinian state as the main entrance to the stability of the region.

On 24/9/2016, Sameh Shoukry met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland on the sidelines of the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, the meeting dealt with bilateral relations between Egypt and Ireland and ways to enhance them, where the Irish Minister invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Dublin to follow up on areas of cooperation between the two countries and develop an integrated framework for them, and the meeting also dealt with consultation on a number of regional issues, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue, and the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen .

On 4/7/2016, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who praised the distinguished relations between Egypt and Ireland, stressing his country's keenness to enhance bilateral cooperation at all levels, especially in light of Egypt's fundamental pillar of security and stability in the Middle East.

On 12/2/2016, Nayyar Burges, Secretary General of the Irish Foreign Ministry, visited Egypt, and was received by Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the third round of political consultations dealt with various aspects of relations between the two countries.

On 25/9/2015, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held talks in New York with the President of Croatia and the Prime Minister of Ireland, on the sidelines of his participation in the meetings of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

On 28/9/2014: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met his Irish on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York to discuss boosting relations especially in political, economic and trade fields. The meeting also reviewed ways to promote Irish private sector investments in Egypt .

Economic relations

The fact that Ireland is a small market and that its industries are mostly export-oriented provides a great opportunity for Egypt to promote its products there.

Major Egyptian exports to Ireland:

Textiles – fruits & vegetables - footwear – furniture – leather – sanitary ware – metal works – building and construction materials - plumbing and electrical fittings.

Major Irish exports to Egypt

Livestock - consumer goods – bio-chemical substances – office equipment – electronic data gathering equipment – dairy products.

Stations of economic cooperation

On 19/6/2022, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met in Luxembourg with Irish Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Simon Coveney to discuss strengthening bilateral relations between Egypt and Ireland, especially in the fields of investment, trade and tourism, as well as to address issues of common interest, the session witnessed ways to enhance all aspects of bilateral relations and cooperation between Egypt and the European Union, in accordance with the priorities of participation 2021-2027.

On 22/3/2022, the Arab African Company for Medical Industries, affiliated to the Arab Organization for Industrialization, signed with the Irish company Go World Pharma, a contract for the establishment and transfer of technology for the manufacture of self-deactivating safe syringes, as the first factory in Egypt to provide and produce technology to pull the tooth into the syringe to prevent reuse and protection from sharp teeth during circulation after use.

On 17/11/2019, Khaled Tharwat, Egypt's Ambassador to Ireland, met with Pat Breen, Irish Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, Digital Single Market and Data Protection, where the meeting discussed ways to enhance trade cooperation between the two countries to achieve the interests of both countries, and ways to increase Egyptian exports to Ireland. The Egyptian ambassador reviewed Egypt's progress at the economic level during the past few years, the mega projects being implemented and the important investment opportunities they provide to the Irish side. Bilateral cooperation in the field of vocational training was discussed, with Ambassador Tharwat expressing Egypt's aspiration to enhance cooperation in this field, especially considering the shortage of skilled workers trained in some professional jobs in Ireland. The most important developments related to the launch of a direct flight between Cairo and Dublin were also discussed, which It would enhance tourism and trade between the two countries.

On 24/9/2019, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met in New York with Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland. The meeting reviewed Egypt's efforts to improve the business climate, encourage the private sector, attract foreign direct investment, and the opportunities provided by major development projects, such as the Suez Canal axis and the New Administrative Capital.

On 5/9/2019, Ambassador Khaled Tharwat, Ambassador of Egypt to Ireland, received a delegation of Egyptian companies operating in the dairy and livestock sector, the visit included organizing a workshop on agricultural technology at the headquarters of "Enterprise Ireland" in the capital, Dublin, and field tours for a number of research institutions and factories of companies working in the field of agricultural technology in a number of Irish provinces, and   Ways to enhance cooperation in the agricultural and livestock field between Egyptian and Irish companies, and work to benefit Egyptian companies from the Irish experience.

On 18/2/2019, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, discussed with Ali Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, investment opportunities in Egypt and Shoukry presented investment opportunities in Egypt, and the two sides reviewed the most important features of economic and trade relations between Egypt and Ireland, which have witnessed a remarkable increase over the past four years, and stressed the importance of continuing to develop them to reflect the distinguished level of political relations, and in this context, Shoukry noted the promising cooperation opportunities in many fields, such as pharmaceuticals and information technology. Telecommunications, renewable energy, dairy and meat, considering the ongoing intensive consultations with Irish companies interested in entering the huge Egyptian market, and that Egypt is an entry point to a giant Arab and African market.

On 4/12/2018, a delegation of businessmen headed by Patrick Breen, Irish Minister of Trade, visited Egypt to participate in the activities of the Egyptian-Irish Business Forum, received by Eng. Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry, the two sides discussed ways to enhance Egyptian-Irish trade and industrial cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral levels, Nassar said: Irish investments in Egypt currently amount to 128 million euros, in 65 projects in the sectors of food industries, chemical industries, building materials, automotive industry, metal industries, and pharmaceutical industries.  Cement industry, financial and banking sectors, health, tourism, telecommunications, roads, construction, and infrastructure.

-On 26/10/2018, Soha El-Gendy, Egypt's Ambassador to Ireland, participated in the Arab-Irish Business Forum and the Sixth Irish-African Economic Forum, held in the Irish capital, the forum witnessed a positive competition between Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Morocco to promote attracting Irish investments to the region, and the presentation won the admiration of the attendees, and was characterized by strength and impact, as it dealt with the investment map and investment opportunities in Egypt, as well as the successes achieved during the past years.

During the period from 2-5 July 2018, Dr. Mona Mehrez, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation for Livestock, Fisheries and Poultry, paid an official visit to Ireland, in response to the invitation extended to her by the Irish side, with the aim of discussing and exploring opportunities and prospects for bilateral cooperation in this vital sector, and working to advance and strengthen economic and trade relations between Egypt and Ireland and restore their momentum in the live and slaughtered meat sector. Dr. Mehrez made a number of field and inspection visits to some Irish research agencies and institutions concerned with developing and modernizing The livestock system to see the advanced methods used to employ the database and adapt information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of the livestock sector, and visited some distinguished Irish farms, whether meat or dairy producers, to learn about the experience in a realistic and practical way, as well as meeting with a wide and diverse sector with a number of companies working in the field of improving breeds, developing the nutritional properties of feed, recycling organic waste for livestock, fish and poultry to produce energy, and others.

On 8/1/2017, Eng. Tarek Kabil, Minister of Trade and Industry, held an extensive session of talks with Sian O'Overgil, Speaker of the Irish Parliament and his accompanying delegation, which included the heads of a number of major Irish parties, which dealt with ways to support political and economic relations between Egypt and Ireland during the next stage, and the minister said that Egypt has taken serious steps towards achieving political and economic stability, especially after the end of the political roadmap and the start of a comprehensive economic reform plan with the aim of restoring Egypt's position on the map of the global economy, and pointed out To the efforts made by the government with regard to major national projects, the implementation of the dualization of the Suez Canal and the construction of a new administrative capital, as well as the establishment of new ports and advanced infrastructure to keep pace with the comprehensive development movement witnessed by all productive and service sectors .

From 17th to 19th May 2008: The Irish Minister of State for Trade Mr. John McGuiness visited Egypt, where he participated in the meetings of the World Economic Forum held in Sharm El Sheikh .

During the period 13-18 April 2008, an Irish Economic Parliament delegation visited Egypt headed by Cyprian Brady , Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Trade and Employment of the Irish Parliament, and the membership of four MPs.

During the period from 4 to 8 November 2007, an Irish trade mission headed by Mr.  Michael Martin, Irish Minister of Trade and Business, visited Egypt, where representatives of about 25 companies and educational institutions participated, covering priority sectors, such as telecommunications, information technology, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Cultural and educational relations

On 6/1/2022, the Ambassador of Egypt in Dublin Khaled Tharwat participated in the celebration of Christmas with the Mass held at Dublin Church, and the Deputy Head of Mission, Counselor Nazli Al-Fayoumi, participated in the Mass held at Bray City Church, in addition to the participation of Consul Ali Ahmed in the Mass of the Cork City Church.

On 29/1/2020, within the framework of the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin's communication with Egyptian students studying in Ireland, Ambassador Khaled Tharwat, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Dublin, received a delegation of distinguished Egyptian students from Pharos University in Alexandria at the Egyptian Embassy. This was during their stay in Ireland to spend a semester at Dublin University of Technology within the student exchange program provided by the cooperation agreement concluded between Dublin University of Technology and Pharos University in Alexandria in the field of financial and administrative sciences.

On 27/2/2018, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, received Sean O'Rega, Ambassador of Ireland, in Cairo, at the Ministry's headquarters, and at the beginning of the meeting, the Minister expressed the Ministry's appreciation for the relations of friendship and cooperation between Egypt and Ireland, pointing out that there is keenness on both sides to exchange experiences in the fields of higher education and scientific research, and the meeting discussed ways to achieve partnership between Egyptian and Irish universities, increase scholarships, scientific and cultural exchange, and benefit from joint experiences. Within the framework of the political leadership's interest in the need to benefit from international experiences in establishing branches of international universities in Egypt, the Minister pointed to the importance of cooperation with the Irish side in this field, reviewing the most important successful experiences with friendly countries, which resulted in the establishment of the Egyptian-Japanese University (E-JUST)  in Borg El Arab, and the establishment of branches of British universities in Egypt, keeping pace with the branches spread around the world, noting that it was agreed that the specializations in these universities will serve the state's plan during the coming period, and that It is related to the needs of industry and the labor market in various fields.

On 10/11/2012, Dr. Mostafa Massad, Minister of Higher Education, received Isolda Moilan, Ambassador of Ireland in Cairo, and Cormick Gallagher, Deputy Head of the Irish Mission, and their accompanying delegation, and the meeting discussed ways to support scientific cooperation relations between Egypt and Ireland, especially in the field of higher education. During the meeting, the minister stressed the depth of ties between Egypt and Ireland in all fields, especially the scientific and cultural aspects, and expressed the ministry's readiness to cooperate with Ireland to support and continue these relations, increase scholarships, scientific exchange, and benefit from experiences.  The Irish ambassador expressed her country's full readiness to cooperate with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education to advance cooperation relations between the two countries in the next stage, especially in the fields of scientific cooperation.

On 8/11/2007, the Minister of Higher Education and State for Egyptian Scientific Research, Dr. Hany Helal, discussed with the Irish Minister of Trade and Labor Michel Martin ways to support relations between Egypt and Ireland in the fields of higher education and scientific research, especially the Egyptian priorities in scientific research, which include renewable energy, water management and others, as well as joint cooperation between Egyptian and Irish scientists in the seventh framework program (FB7) to activate scientific cooperation between the European Union and the Mediterranean countries. During the meeting, the Egyptian Minister pointed to what is currently taking place in Egypt in terms of developing the education system in universities through updating and developing curricula and teaching methods and methods to provide graduates with the skills that qualify them to join the labor market. stressing that education and investment in human resource development are the main pillar for building the real future of industry through the preparation of scientific cadres in the disciplines that carry out the industrial renaissance in Egyptian society. The two ministers stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of technical and technological education and the importance of transferring experiences in this field through joint projects in the field of technical and technological education to reduce the gap between the needs of industry, the labor market, and the outputs of the educational process.

Parliamentary cooperation

On 28/9/2018, the Friendship Association between the Egyptian and Irish Parliaments was launched, which will work to enhance aspects of cooperation between the two sides to make Ireland a voice for Egypt within the European Union and its parliament, as well as Egypt's support for Ireland within the Arab, African and Islamic parliaments.

Tourism & Aviation

On 27/10/2022, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, represented by the Egyptian General Authority for Tourism Promotion, hosted an introductory trip for a delegation of 17 senior tourism agents and writers in major newspapers specialized in tourism and travel in the Irish market of the cities of Sharm El Sheikh and Cairo, in order to introduce them to the various tourist and archaeological components enjoyed by the Egyptian tourist destination, for his part, Amr El-Kady, CEO of the Egyptian General Authority for Tourism Promotion, explained that  The tariff trip is within the framework of the ministry's keenness to promote the Egyptian tourist destination in the various tourist markets in addition to diversifying the tourism exporting markets, which contributes to attracting more tourist traffic to the Egyptian tourist destination.

On 6/7/2022, the authorities of Dublin Airport in Ireland held a celebration on EgyptAir, the national carrier of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the twenty-first member of Star Alliance, operating direct flights between Cairo and Dublin.

On 22/5/2022, the pilot Mohamed Manar, Minister of Civil Aviation, received Ambassador Sean O'Regan, Ambassador of the State of Ireland in Cairo, to discuss ways to enhance and activate bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various air transport activities. The fruitful meeting praised the great efforts made by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to develop the Egyptian air transport system and the great facilities it provides to stimulate air and tourist traffic to Egypt.

On 13/2/2021, Ambassador Khaled Tharwat, Ambassador of Egypt to Ireland, stated that the Irish government recently canceled the flight ban imposed on Sharm El-Sheikh, explaining that this issue has remained at the top of the embassy's priorities since 2019, and was addressed at various levels during meetings with Irish officials, whether in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, or through the Irish Parliament until the embassy's efforts were crowned with success .

On 19/2/2020, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, received Ambassador Sean O'Regan, Ambassador of the State of Ireland in Cairo, at the Ministry's headquarters in Abbasiya, to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. The meeting discussed the possibility of promoting Egyptian tourist destinations more in the Irish capital, Dublin.

On 25/9/2018, Dr. Ali Abdel Aal called for increasing the number of tourists from Ireland to Egypt, especially considering Egypt's enjoyment of many elements of tourism of various kinds, and considering the improvement of the security situation in Egypt and the stability of the internal situation in it.

On 8/1/2018, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with his Irish counterpart, Simon Coveney, the resumption of direct flights between the two countries, the lifting of any existing restrictions on Egyptian airports, and the importance of the return of Irish tourism.

In September 2017, a media delegation of an Irish production company filmed a documentary film about the sacred places of ancient civilizations around the world, including Egyptian archaeological sites, the Irish delegation included seven people, and filmed some scattered scenes of the Nile River over a full 4 hours, and this documentary was shown in Ireland, America, and some European countries.

On 14/1/2017, Mrs. Sahar Talaat, Chairman of the Tourism and Aviation Committee, held a meeting with the Speaker of the Irish Parliament, which dealt with ways to adopt and approve the air transport agreement initialed between the two countries.

During the period from 25 to 28 January 2007, Egypt participated in the international tourism exhibition Holiday World Experience in Dublin.

Information and communication technology

On 23/2/2022, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology  Amr Talaat met  with  the Ambassador of Ireland Sean O'Regan in Cairo, where a meeting was held via videoconference to discuss and agree on cooperation  between the   Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and University College Cork, Ireland, on granting a master's degree in digital cultures within the framework of the Digital Arts Track for students enrolled in the Digital Egypt Builders Initiative. The collaboration comes as a continuation Talaat stressed that the new partnership represents a strong addition within the framework of the partnerships held by DBI to benefit from the professional and diverse global experiences in refining the knowledge of the initiative's students in five tracks of the most distinguished and demanded ICT fields in the digital era that we are witnessing at the present time. Studying from Egypt in countries in both America and Asia, where this cooperation provides another opportunity to study through a university in Europe, Ambassador Sean O'Regan, Ambassador of Ireland in Cairo, stressed the importance of cooperation between DEBI and the Irish University, especially in the exchange of culture and knowledge between the two sides through the application of technology and digital arts together, noting that this cooperation will contribute to providing unprecedented opportunities for youth in the two countries. The importance of this cooperation with University College Cork, Ireland, in supporting digital transformation efforts in Egypt by creating a base of young competencies capable of implementing Digital Egypt projects.

On 17/8/2016, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady received Damian Cole, Ambassador of the State of Ireland in Cairo, and during the meeting, they discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between Egypt and Ireland in the fields of communications and information technology, and discussing opportunities for partnerships in the fields of outsourcing and increasing the volume of Egyptian exports of information technology services, by exploiting Egypt's distinguished geographical location as an important gateway to African and Middle East markets.  New technology in several different governorates of Egypt, the establishment of a strong industry in the field of electronics design and industry, building a base of possible and creative human cadres in several advanced technological disciplines, in addition to the imminent entry of fourth-generation mobile services to the Egyptian market.

On 22/4/2009, ITI received a delegation from the Dublin Institute of Technology, which included a number of distinguished experts in the field of communications and information technology, to discuss ways of cooperation and exchange of experiences between the two sides in the  fields of training and scientific research through training programs for developing the skills necessary for the labor market, in addition to cooperation in the field of knowledge exchange between faculty members of the two institutes and the use of Dublin's expertise in the field of training.

During the period 22-25 February 2009, Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Ireland, aimed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of communications and information technology,  during which the Egyptian delegation formed relations with Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College and University College Dublin (UCD), and held discussions with the Association of Irish Software Companies (ISA) as well as the Irish business communities.

Petroleum & Mineral Resources

On 20/2/2023, Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, received Mrs. Nola O'Brien, Ambassador of Ireland in Cairo, to discuss ways to support cooperation between the two countries in the fields of oil, gas and renewable energy and ways to attract investments by Irish companies to Egypt. Al-Mulla stressed that the petroleum sector still has many investment opportunities in research, exploration, refining and petrochemical activities, in addition to digital transformation projects and reducing emissions. For her part, the Irish ambassador praised the success of the Egypt International Conference and Exhibition (EGYPS) 2023, stressing her country's aspiration to enhance cooperation with Egypt in the field of natural gas, energy transition and reducing carbon emissions.

Health Collaboration

"On 8/2/2012, Dr. Fouad Al-Nawawi, Minister of Health and Population, received the Ambassador of Ireland in Cairo and her accompanying delegation to discuss ways to support health cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of medicine. This came to work on opening new markets for the export of Egyptian medicine through pharmaceutical factories that have obtained the European International Export License, as well as to cooperate in training qualified Egyptian pharmaceutical cadres in Ireland in the field of pharmaceutical product quality control in Egyptian factories in support of export policy and drug quality in the Egyptian market.

Contractual framework

In 2001 the double taxation agreement was initialed.

On February 1, 2007, a memorandum of understanding in the field of cultural cooperation was signed on the sidelines of the visit of the Irish Foreign Minister to Egypt.

July 8-9, 2008: Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin visits Egypt where he met with his Egyptian counterpart and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a mechanism for bilateral political consultation at the level of assistant ministers, the first agreement of its kind reached by Ireland with an Arab or African country.

During the period 22-25 February 2009 Three MoUs signed between Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Information Technology Institute (ITI), National Telecommunication Institute (NITI), Irish Software Association (ISA), Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Egyptian Information Technology Exporters Association (ITEC), Ireland’s EMPG and Information Technology Institute (ITI).  To cooperate in areas related to e-learning and educational software.

In 2012 Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Tax Evasion .

In March 2014, the Faculty of Pharmacy at University College Cork, Ireland, signed a memorandum of understanding for academic cooperation with Future University.

15/10/2014 Egypt and Ireland initialed an agreement for the exchange of air services.

In March 2014, the Faculty of Pharmacy at University College Cork signed a memorandum of understanding for academic cooperation with Future University in Egypt during the visit of the academic team to the university campus, according to the memorandum of understanding, Cork University College will support Future University in Egypt in teaching a five-year study program to obtain an academic degree in pharmacy. In July 2018, a cooperation protocol with Ireland to transfer expertise to improve Egyptian cattle breeds.

On 23/2/2022, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and University College Cork, Ireland, on granting a master's degree in digital cultures within the framework of the Digital Arts track for students enrolled in the Digital Egypt Builders Initiative. The cooperation comes as a continuation of the series of partnerships established by DEBI with major prestigious international universities.

On 19/6/2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the Commission, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, signed the Partnership Priorities Document between Egypt and the European Union, which will guide the path of partnership and cooperation between the two sides until 2027.


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