File: Grand Egyptian Museum.
CAIRO - 2 March 2021: On Monday, the 15th meeting of the Egyptian-Japanese Higher Committee of the Grand Egyptian Museum was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, in the presence of Ambassador Masaki Noke, Ambassador of Japan in Cairo, the main representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency "JICA" in Egypt, and Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and its surrounding area, at the museum’s headquarters.
The general manager of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Middle East and Europe sector and a number of senior officials from Tokyo participated in the meeting via video conference.
Dr. Khaled El-Enany began the meeting by welcoming the attendees, stressing the depth of relations between Egypt and Japan, referring to the existing cooperation between the two countries at the tourism and archaeological level, especially in the Grand Egyptian Museum project, which is one of the major cultural projects in Egypt.
He also reviewed the latest developments in the museum’s work and the results of the transfer of artifacts, noting that so far, 55,000 artifacts have been transferred to the museum from all museums and archaeological sites in the Arab Republic of Egypt, and that they are being restored in the museum’s antiquities restoration center.
Ambassador Masaki Noke praised the effort made to finish the works in the museum, describing it as an exceptional project and that it is a prime example of cooperation between Egypt and Japan in the field of tourism and cultural work, and stressed that the dream will soon be a reality as everytime he pays a visit to the museum he finds more achievements.
During the meeting, the latest developments in the works of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the process of negotiation and contracting with the coalition that will provide and operate services in the museum, which will be announced during the next few days, were discussed. In addition to discussing the possibility and mechanism of supporting the museum with experts from Japan in the fields of museums, technical cooperation, restoration and technology.
The discussion also touched on the promotional campaign for the museum.