Admiral Osama Rabie : We adopt a sustainable development project for the development of Sinai and the development of Lake Bardawil
Admiral Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, received today, Wednesday, a delegation of ambassadors from Latin American countries, headed by Ambassador Jose Octavio Vilanova, Ambassador of Mexico and Dean of the Latin Diplomatic Corps, accompanied by Ambassador Hazem Fahmy, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for American Affairs, and Ambassador Ashraf Mounir, Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Latin Affairs, at the Center Maritime simulation and training in Ismailia.
The visit comes within the framework of the fruitful cooperation and continuous colaboration between the Suez Canal Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and aims to get acquainted closely with the latest developments in the development projects of the Suez Canal.
The delegation included ambassadors and chargé d’affaires from 11 countries, including Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
At the beginning of the visit, Admiral Osama Rabie welcomed the diplomatic delegation to the Suez Canal Authority ( SCA ), and expressed his happiness at the presence of this group of ambassadors of friendly countries in Latin America
Stressing the strategic importance of the Suez Canal at the international level as a major hub for supporting global trade.
Chairman of SCA stressed that the Egyptian state has made great strides towards the development of the Canal region and the reconstruction of Sinai through a package of giant development projects, foremost of which was the project of digging the new Suez Canal as a locomotive for mega projects, followed by a boom in infrastructure development projects through 6 giant tunnels under the canal. And 5 floating bridges and a ferry facility to connect the two banks of the canal.
Admiral Rabie explained that the Suez Canal Authority ( SCA ) is working on implementing a sustainable development project in implementation of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, to develop Lake Bardawil and develop Sinai and restore their ecosystem through a promising initiative aimed at developing Sinai and increasing Lake Bardawil’s fish production from 4 thousand tons to 11 thousand tons.
Then Admiral Osama Rabie Chairman of SCA reviewed the recent development of the rates of transit of ships through the Canal, which witnessed a remarkable increase in terms of the numbers and tonnages of transit ships and the proceeds of revenues achieved during the past fiscal year 2021/2022.
Rabie also revealed what the navigation statistics indicate during the current Gregorian year in terms of expectations of achieving An unprecedented boom in annual revenues, reaching about $7.8 billion by the end of 2022.
Rabie stressed the Authority’s keenness to enhance its role in serving the global shipping community and maintaining the stability of global supply chains despite successive global crises,
Pointing in this regard to the measures taken by the Authority and the policies it pursued that allowed dealing flexibly with the repercussions of the emerging Covid 19 pandemic.
He also touched on the authority’s efforts to float and rescue the Panamanian container ship EVER GIVEN by introducing the use of dredging in marine rescue work for the first time, which won many international praises.
Admiral Rabie indicated that the authority adopted an ambitious strategy to boost the trend towards green transformation, through several axes, most notably the conversion of pilotage stations along the waterway to rely on renewable energy, and strengthening the capabilities of the authority’s fleet to combat the oil spill, in addition to SCA’s move forward in the digital transformation file,and its endeavor to adopt initiatives to provide incentives for environmentally friendly ships.
The visit included watching a training maneuver at the Maritime Simulation and Training Center, followed by a sea tour of the new Suez Canal, then inspecting the Tahya Misr tunnels in Ismailia and the new Suez Canal Authority stadium to see the size of the achievement
Stated spokesman for the Suez Canal Authority George Safwat