Minister of Antiquity Khaled El-Enany – File Photo
CAIRO – 1 November 2017: Japan has contributed to 75 percent of the Grand Egyptian Museum’s costs, said the Minister of Antiquity Khaled El-Enany on Monday.
This information came forward during the Egyptian-Japanese workshop, held on Monday at a Cairo hotel about the development of the Giza Pyramids.
The workshop was attended by former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, Japanese Ambassador in Cairo Takehiro Kagawa, Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashed and Governor of Giza Kamal al-Daly.
The cost of the Grand Egyptian Museum exceeds $1 billion, 75 percent of which was paid by the Japanese loans to the Egyptian government, added El-Enany.
He stressed that inauguration of the project will change the concept of museum tourism across the world adding that Japan’s role will not end after the inauguration.
The role of the Japanese government is not limited to the loan only as it also trains employees at the Grand Egyptian museum and other workers at the Ministry of Antiquities.
El-Enany expected that the number of tourists to Egypt will increase after the museum’s inauguration.
Anany pointed out that 10 Japanese archaeological missions belonging to Japanese universities and archaeological institutes are currently operating in Egypt.
The Ministry of Antiquities seeks to turn the Egyptian Grand Museum into the biggest museum in the world to which it would transfer the antiquities from the Egyptian Museum located in Tahrir and other archaeological locations to the Egyptian Grand Museum, which is still under construction. The Egyptian Grand Museum will comprise 100,000 artifacts.