Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Minister of Trade and Industry and Investment
Confirmed Saeed Abdullah, head of trade agreements at the Ministry of Trade and Investment sector, that assistance for Trade Initiative, which was announced officially began in November 2013, is one of the most important regional Arab initiatives aimed at Arab regional integration in the region, where he is considered a serious attempt to revitalize trade inter-Arab and move towards greater integration among Arab countries, pointing out that although there are many free trade agreements between Arab countries, which aims to increase inter-Arab trade volume, however, that the region faces many challenges that stand obstacle to integration regional in the region, which requires the establishment of regional projects that help achieve the objectives of these agreements, especially in the field of infrastructure, skills and modern systems at the crossings, which effectively influence the trade exchange movement.
He pointed out that the Board of project management assistance for Trade initiative for the Arab States, the United Nations Development Programme, and in collaboration with the responsible authorities, may they put the fast track to consolidated business plan for 2014 project, which has adopted a number of projects, including improving the regional competition by addressing restrictions customs that have been selected, and is implemented by the international trade Center ITC, and improve the performance of trade and transport corridors, and is implemented by UNDP Nations Altdhh UNDP, and the skills of trade and economic diversification (STED) and is implemented by the international Labour Organization, ILO, along with support for the Arab League to promote regional trade integration , according to the obligations of the Greater Arab Free trade zone and the economic and social decisions of Arab summits. And it is implemented by UNDP Nations Altdhh UNDP, and the support of the Arab states join the WTO processes. And it is implemented by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD.
President of the Trade Agreements Sector explained that he has been the choice of many border crossings in the Arab region with all of the “Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Jordan,” and to work on the development of project proposals integrated and comprehensive to improve the performance of border posts, which have been selected in those countries, and work on simplifying procedures for import, export and transit between these key countries; and increase the performance of the specific logistics carriers.
He pointed out that a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme experts, visited both Egypt and Sudan to assess the current status of the border ports in Wadi Halfa region “Qustul, and Orgin from the Egyptian side,” as were many of the meetings with the concerned authorities in Egypt and hosted by sector trade agreements, so as to coordinate with these entities and stand on their actual needs.