June 15, 2015 / 9:10 PM / 3 years ago

Egypt enters into initial deal for 15 projects worth $10 bln with China - minister

CAIRO, June 15 (Reuters) - Egypt has entered into an initial agreement with China over 15 projects worth about $10 billion, the Egyptian trade minister said on Monday.

Trade Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour signed an initial framework agreement with representatives from the Chinese trade ministry.

Financing agreements for the projects will be signed between late June and September, the ministry said in a statement.

The projects would be mainly focused on the electricity and transport sectors but would also include Chinese direct investment in other projects.

The minister did not name any specific companies involved but said that the Export-Import Bank of China would provide financing for six transport projects including building a new railroad and developing several existing ones.

The statement said representatives from the trade ministry as well as representatives of the Export-Import Bank of China, the China Development Bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and the China-Africa Development Fund had met with representatives from the Egyptian trade and investment ministries.

The minister said both parties had the right to ask for changes or adjustments to this deal. (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein)

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