Egypt Ports and Waterways Summit

Egypt’s maritime leaders set to reveal new projects to drive economic growth

Senior leaders from Egypt’s maritime transportation and infrastructure are set to gather in Cairo in September to outline their plans for development at the second edition of the Egypt Ports and Waterways Summit.

Leaders from ports authorities, central government and the private sector are set to gather in Cairo this September to determine the future direction of Egypt’s maritime infrastructure. Held under the main theme of “Developing Egypt’s maritime infrastructure and realising the vision of the Suez Canal Economic Zone”, the summit will see influential figures from government and industry reveal their plans for developing their facilities and advancing growth in the country’s economy.

Officially supported by the Suez Canal Authority, Alexandria Port Authority, Damietta Port Authority, Jordan Maritime Commission and General Authority for Land and Dry Ports, the event is expected to witness the unveiling of the latest set of projects to expand the country’s trade capacity and develop the national economy.

Central to the theme of this year’s event is the role of the recently-created Suez Canal Economic Zone or SCZone. Expected to attract upwards of $68bn in investments by 2023, the project’s Vice Chairman, Rear Admiral Abdelkader Darwish is set to reveal the impact the development will have on global shipping.

The development of the country’s ports will also be a major focus of the event, with the chairman of the Maritime Transport Sector, His Excellency Rear Admiral Tarek Ghanem due to address the audience on the current status of Egyptian ports and their progress towards achieving Egypt’s vision for the future. Besides this, the chairmen of Alexandria Port Authority and Damietta Port Authority will also be present to provide updates on their respective ports.

Land-based logistics will also feature in the event, with the chairman of the General Authority for Land and Dry Ports, General Fouad Osman, due to set out his authority’s plans for new logistics hubs and the further integration of Egypt’s maritime infrastructure and industry.

Besides the two-day summit, this year’s event is also set to include a visit to Ain Sokhna, an area at the forefront of Egypt’s economic mega-projects, as delegates are set to visit both the headquarters of the SCZone authority, as well as one of the country’s fastest-developing ports in DP World Sokhna.

Speakers confirmed to take part in the event include:

  • HE Rear Admiral Tarek Ghanem, Chairman, Maritime Transport Sector
  • HE Salah Abu Afifa, Director General, Jordan Maritime Commission
  • Rear Admiral Abdelkader Darwish, Vice Chairman, General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone
  • Rear Admiral Ayman Saleh, Chairman, Damietta Port Authority
  • Rear Admiral Medhat Attia, Chairman, Alexandria Port Authority
  • Rear Admiral Essam El Din Badawy, Secretary General of the Union, Arab Sea Ports Federation
  • Rear Admiral Reda Ismail, Chairman, River Transport Authority
  • Rayan Qutub, Chief Executive Officer, King Abdullah Economic Valley, Saudi Arabia
  • Nagwa Khashaba, Professor of Economics, Suez Canal University


Companies including Royal IHC, Ozkanlar Hydraulic Machinery Manufacturing, Genscape, Inc., Bühler AG, Liebherr, and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding have already confirmed to sponsor the event.

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