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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and Malta

Tuesday، 02 June 2015 - 12:00 AM

The relations of Egypt and Malta based on the strong relations; the Embassy is strengthening the consultation process with the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as with ministries and other government agencies for the development of bilateral relations between Egypt and Malta, and to encourage the exchange of visits between officials from both sides.

The support of positions and nominations at several international forums contribute to the positive climate that prevails in relations between Egypt and Malta.

Mutual Visits

Former Head of the Egyptian People's Assembly Dr. Ahmed Fathi Sorour headed a delegation and participated in the International Meeting in support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace which took place in Malta on the 12th and 13th February 2010.

Economic Relations


Egypt and Malta have good economic and trade relations and the Embassy is constantly providing the economic factors, such as the Maltese Chamber of Commerce and other business associations, with the latest information and statistics on developments in the Egyptian economic sector. In its weekly newsletter, as well as on its website, the Maltese Chamber of Commerce publishes Egypt's economic development. This newsletter is distributed amongst the Chamber members, Maltese companies and business.


The Egyptian body for international exhibitions and fairs signed a Protocol with Malta on joint cooperation, in four Mediterranean countries in the marketing of exhibitions. This is to promote and develop new programs between the two countries and provide new opportunities to facilitate the movement of the exchange of goods, thereby contributing to the increase of bilateral trade. The Protocol will contribute to the exchange of experiences between the two countries in the organization and marketing of trade-fairs.


The most significant obstacles to the development of economic and trade relations between the two sides lie in the high cost of shipping and insurance for Egyptian exports to Malta and the small size of the Maltese market. Therefore there is the constant need to define the Egyptian businessmen's opportunities for cooperation with Malta in the areas of trade and investment.


Egyptian exporters lack in knowledge on the Maltese market, especially for food products (fresh / frozen / processed) and juices and mineral water. However, the Embassy is always clear that the small market size is based not only on the population (430 thousand people), but also on the number of tourists who visit the island throughout the year, which amount to 1.2 million.


In addition, the Maltese market depends mainly on local manufacturing and low-rated imports. This puts our products on the level of European quality standards and at reasonably competitive prices when compared to other markets in the European Union.


On the other hand, the quality/price factor is in control, in general, in the purchase decision taken by the Maltese consumer who does not adhere to a particular brand. This may represent a good opportunity for many of our products that do not have global brands but are of high-quality and competitive prices.


In addition to the above elements, entering the partnership agreement with the European Union which came into force on 1/6/2004, the geographical proximity of the island, and the trade relations between us Malta, undoubtedly offer opportunities for our exports.


Overall, the Mission's assessment is that there are good opportunities for Egyptian products, in particular:-   Food products - Mineral Water - Juices - Air-Conditioners, Heaters and Water Heaters - Ceramic Tiles and Sanitary Ware - Furniture - Cement.


The efforts undertaken by the Embassy on the resuming of direct flights by "Egypt Air" between Egypt and Malta in July 2008 (after a halt of more than nine years) give an impetus to increasing tourist traffic between them, and to boosting economic and trade relations between the two countries.


Finally, after efforts made by the Embassy during the past four years with both the Egyptian and Maltese sides, a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Egyptian-Maltese Businessmen Association was signed in June 2009. This will give the Association a strong role in increasing trade and investment between the two countries.


Main Egyptian exports to Malta during the period :

• Ceramics

• Building Materials

• Vegetables and fruit

• Petroleum Products

• Tobacco

• Iron and steel


Most prominent Maltese imports to Egypt during that period:

• Food products

• Cosmetics

• Mechanical equipment

All amounts stated in Euros

Contractual Framework

Within the framework of the Executive Programme of the Cultural and Educational Cooperation Agreement for 2008-2010, both countries regularly exchange students; 15 Hungarian students obtain Egyptian scholarships in Egyptology and Arabic language, and Egyptian students are dispatched to Hungary to obtain 60-month scholarships in physics and mathematics.


Signing Date

Effective Date


Trade agreement



Have been deleted with Malta's entry in the European Union in 2004

Air agreement



Was added to the Protocol amending the Convention in 2005

Scientific, Cultural  and Technical  Agreement




Exemption Agreement Citizens Visa



Have been deleted with the entry of Malta in the European Union

Memorandum of Understanding and Consultation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs



The Maltese Proposal on the establishment of a Joint Ministerial Committee which meets on an annual basis under the chairmanship of the the  Ministers of Foreign Affairs  approved by Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and  Previous Minister of Foreign Affairs  of Malta Frendo in Cairo  on 18/12/20041

Economic  and Technical Agreement




Protocol  for Cooperation in the  field of Tourism




Maltese Compensation deal  




Agreement of cooperation in the fight against drugs




Scientific and cultural agreement executive program




An agreement to encourage and protect investments       



The Maltese side requested the  text of article 8 and the exchange of letters for its entry into force

Agreement of avoid double taxation




Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons




Convention on the Transfer of Offenders




Memorandum of Understanding on Exemption of Visas for Special Passports







Education Relations

The bilateral Egyptian-Hungarian educational relations are prosperous as mutual visits of university delegations aim at accrediting certificates and diplomas, and agreeing on exchanging programmes either at the vocational, technical or postgraduate studies levels.

In 2008/2009, 14 Egyptian students obtained scholarships, most of them were for the whole academic year, and 17 students obtained scholarships in 2009/2010. The Egyptian Minister of Higher Education is expected to visit Hungary in 2010 to sign the new Executive Programme for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

There is preliminary cooperation between the Supreme Council of Universities and the Hungarian University Deans Council, and both sides are considering a Memorandum of Understanding to set the legal framework of mutual cooperation.

With the objective of enhancing scientific and technical cooperation with Hungary, and as a result of former President Mubarak's visit to Hungary, a delegation from Polytechnik Budapest visited Egypt on January 6th to 14th, 2010, to sign a cooperation protocol with the Faculty of Engineering, 10th October University for teaching Communications Engineering and Automatic Control, and accrediting certificates.

The delegation was headed by the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, his deputy, Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. El-Sayed Hassan, and Head of the Arab Communities Association.

The Hungarian Secretary of State at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs visited Egypt in November 2009 hold talks on accrediting the technical certificates of the Cairo Maintenance School and Ismailia School to allow the Egyptian students to get trained in Hungary and access the Hungarian labour market and consequently the EU labour market.

There is a 9-year old cooperation between Kando Kalman University of Technology and 10th of Ramadan Technological Higher Institute, according to which 24 Egyptian students are annually dispatched to get trained in applied and practical engineering sciences.

In the same context, 50 Hungarian students visit Egypt for a two-month summer training in the Hungarian engineering companies, under the supervision of the Hungarian institute. Kando Kalman University of Technology and Suez Canal University cooperate in the field of e-learning.

Delegations comprising Egyptian University Professors visit Hungary to sign cooperation and students exchange protocols, such as, the delegations of the 10th of Ramadan Technical Higher Institute, Asyut University and Delta Academy, Mansoura branch.

The delegation signed a protocol on exchanging professors and students between the Academy and Eger University in the fields of information technology and mass media.

The Egyptian Antiquities Authority cooperates with the Egyptology Department at ELTE University.

Due to opening new departments teaching in English at the Hungarian universities,   a limited number of Egyptian undergraduate students joined them. Furthermore, universities and available international universities' branches ensure advanced academic levels at competitive fees if compared to similar universities in Western Europe.

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