India and Egypt are working to strengthen their relationship through multi-trade partnerships. The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) in Egypt has appointed Dr. Abdul Rehman Ilyas as an advisor to the President of ASRT to promote and advance bilateral relationships between the two countries. Dr. Ilyas is an agri-business expert who focuses on partnerships in fields such as agricultural extension, pharma co-genomic, digital health care, Fintech, Medtech, and fishing sectors. There is also a proposal to strengthen Islamic and Quranic knowledge exchange with Jamia Al-Azhar, a globally renowned Islamic university based in Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Ilyas states that India and Egypt have many similarities and are natural partners. The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) is an Egyptian agency that facilitates the introduction of relevant technologies and innovation with the support of fund projects and joint ventures. The agency focuses on various sectors such as agriculture, electrical vehicles, goods processing, healthcare, biotechnology, heavy industry ancillary manufacturing, education, and knowledge sharing.
The ASRT has institutional partnerships with the Government of Telangana, IIMR for Nutrition, ICRISAT, and ALIMCO through the mode of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs). Several Indian start-ups have also presented proposals with ASRT during its phase-I of outreach activities in February this year.
The ASRT government of Egypt has established an Egyptian Indian Centre for Technology Transfer and Marketing (EIC-TIM) and announced the Egyptian Indian Year of Science and Technology. The ASRT hopes to collaborate with India to promote trade between the two countries.