July 27, 2019
Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Head of the Economic Zone, received today a youth delegation from the trainees of the Presidential Leadership Program for the qualification of African youth, organized by the National Training Academy. The delegation included 120 young trainees from 29 African countries, including Egypt. Dr. Rasha Ragheb, the Executive Director of the Academy, headed the delegation. The visit occurred at the Maritime Simulation and Training Center of the Authority in Ismailia. A number of the Suez Canal Authority leading officials and leaders of the National Training Academy attended the visit and shed light on the New Suez Canal project and the giant development projects carried out in the Canal region.
The visit comes in the line with the fruitful cooperation between the Suez Canal Authority and the National Training Academy, in accordance with the directives of President Al-Sisi to hold training courses for the qualification of African youth and young cadres for leadership. It is indicative of the Egyptian efforts to promote relations of cooperation with the African countries, under Egypt’s presidency of the African Union.
In his speech, Mameesh welcomed the young African cadres in the Suez Canal Authority and expressed his gratitude and pride as he belongs to this promising continent. Africa possesses great natural resources and human potentials. In addition, Mameesh praised the efforts of the National Training Academy in preparing African youth to become the leaders of tomorrow and to direct the future of comprehensive development in their countries.
Mameesh assured that the Suez Canal has a unique strategic location, regionally and globally unparalleled. It has been the center of events since its construction and it is still the portal of development to the future, especially as Egypt possesses all the necessary potentials for success. Mameesh added, “We have a conscious political will that recognizes the value of the Canal and the value of its unique location. Both, the Presidential support and the Egyptian people’s cooperation, were the key to the success of the giant national project of the New Suez Canal. It helped open up new horizons for serving the world trade movement and increasing Egypt’s national income.”
The Chairman of the Authority indicated that the Egyptian State is proceeding at an accelerated pace to increase the benefit of the unique location of the Canal. It adopts a giant national project to develop the surrounding area and turn it into a logistic and industrial world center. The Egyptian plan includes the construction of an integrated infrastructure network, of which the most important part is the giant tunnels that connect Africa with Asia.
As for Dr. Rasha Ragheb, she thanked the Suez Canal Authority, headed by Admiral Mohab Mameesh, for hosting the youth delegations of the trainees to learn about the giant development projects in the Canal area. She added, “The projects make us feel proud because we are Egyptians and Africans. This emphasizes our ability to face challenges and to register our achievements in the international encyclopedias.”
During the visit, the delegation watched a presentation about the history of the Canal and its various stages of development, as well as the New Suez Canal project that succeeded in raising the channel’s classification globally and maintaining its leading position.
At the end of the visit, Admiral Mameesh presented the New Suez Canal Shield to Dr. Rasha Ragheb, Head of the National Training Academy, who in turn presented the Shield of the Academy to Admiral Mameesh. Mameesh then invited the delegation to cruise the New Suez Canal. After that, the delegation visited some of the development projects in the region, the Tunnels’ Site in Ismailia and the fish farms in Qantara Sharq to see the giant achievements on the ground.