India, Egypt sign agreements to enhance trade, investments and fight terrorism
India and Egypt agreed Wednesday to boost trade between their countries during a visit by the Egyptian president that underscores Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to fortify ties with other emerging economies.
Modi and President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi agreed on measures to increase two-way trade within five years to $12 billion.
Trade totaled $7.3 billion in 2021-22.
The two countries also signed agreements on expanding cooperation in cyber security, information technology, culture and broadcasting.
Modi and El-Sissi expressed concern over disruptions to food supplies and other critical resources due to the war in Ukraine.
Modi sought Egypt’s cooperation in fighting cross-border terrorism, extremism, and cyber threats.
One of the world’s biggest importers of wheat, it obtained help from the World Bank last year to finance its grain purchases as supplies from Ukraine were disrupted.
Imports from India, which made an exception for countries like Egypt facing severe shortfalls even as it banned most wheat exports, helped to bridge the gap.
Major Indian exports to Egypt include cotton yarn, coffee, herbs, tobacco, lentils, vehicle parts, ships, boats and electrical machinery.
El-Sissi invited Indian businesses to invest more in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.
El-Sissi will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade on Thursday marking the anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution on Jan. 26, 1950.
India won independence from British colonial rule in 1947.