Egypt’s Ambassador to Abidjan, Wael Badawi, met with Thomas Camara, Ivorian Minister of Mines, Oil, and Energy, to discuss ways of promoting cooperation between Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire in the energy and mining fields, according to a statement.

Badawi showcased the progress made by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources as well as the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy in Egypt, noting that Cairo is keen to cooperate with African countries. He also added that the Egyptian companies in Cote d’Ivoire are ready to cooperate with the Ivorian government in establishing projects in the energy sector.

For his part, Camara welcomed the collaboration with Egypt, referring to  Egypt’s experience in the energy sector and  highlighting his country’s aim to combat the illegal exploration of gold, diamonds, and other minerals. The minister also highlighted his country’s desire to  raise the efficiency of the oil refinery in Abidjan and increase the amount of oil that can be exported to West African countries.