Chinese, Egyptian companies sign contract on publishing, translation

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China's Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media Company and Egypt's Dar Al-Shorouk Publishing House Group signed on Tuesday (February 12) a protocol and a cooperation contract in the field of publishing and translation at the headquarters of the Chinese Cultural Center in Cairo.

"Signing a protocol on cooperation in the field of publishing and translation is a very necessary step to boost the cultural relations between Egypt and China," Chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization, Haitham Al-Haj Ali, said during the ceremony.

He pointed out that Egypt's Writers' Association has issued a collection of Chinese books, especially children's books, and also agreed on a project to market Arabic books electronically in China.

Former Egyptian cultural adviser to China Hussein Ibrahim said the signing of the cooperation protocol opens new horizons for cooperation between the Egyptian and Chinese peoples.

He hoped that this agreement will be the beginning of a new cultural project that will convey the Chinese culture to the Egyptians and Egyptian culture to China.

Ibrahim pointed out that the past few years have seen the translation of hundreds of Chinese books into Arabic by a group of professional translators, who play a major role in transferring the Chinese culture to Egypt and the Arab region.

For his part, General Manager of Dar Al-Shorouk Group, Ahmed Bedair, said his publishing house is interested in opening up to cultures, especially those that are similar to the Egyptian civilization.

"This project is a step that reflects our interest in Chinese culture, and we hope it will not be the last one," he said during the signing ceremony, adding that Dar Al-Shorouk was founded 50 years ago and has translated works into dozens of languages, including Chinese.

Meanwhile, President of Xinua Winshare Publishing and Media, He Zhiyong, expressed his pleasure to sign an agreement with Dar Al-Shorouk Group which will further enhance cooperation between Chinese and Egyptian publishing houses.

He said that Xinhua is one of the leading publishing groups in China, noting it owns 10 publishing houses.

He explained that his company has started to expand outside China, adding that the number of books exported abroad went beyond 100,000.

"This helps deepen cultural communication between China and the world," he said.

During the ceremony, Xinhua also donated a series of valuable books to the Egyptian universities of Cairo and Ain Shams.