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The New Development Bank, in coordination with the Ministry of International Cooperation, Egypt, organised a Seminar on ‘Navigating New Horizons’ on 11-12 June 2024 in Cairo, Egypt.

The Seminar aimed to facilitate deeper understanding and forge partnerships aligned with sustainable development goals, focusing on Egypt’s development priorities and NDB’s mandate of mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in its member countries.

The two-day event featured high-level keynote speakers and diversified panel discussions, providing insights into development finance, sustainable infrastructure, and South-South cooperation.

The Seminar was held in a hybrid format.

June 11, 2024
9:00-10:00 Registration and tea
10:00-11:00 Opening session

Opening remarks and keynote speeches by:

  • H.E. Ms. Dilma Rousseff, President of the New Development Bank
  • H.E. Mr. Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, Egypt
  • H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
  • Mr. N.K Singh, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission and President of Institute of Economic Growth, India
  • H.E. Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt
11:00-11:15 Fireside Chat

    H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, the Minister of International Cooperation, will moderate an insightful discussion with Mr. N.K. Singh, the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission and President of the Institute of Economic Growth, India.
11:15-12:45 Panel I: Egypt’s Blueprint for Pathways Towards Growth and Investment


  • Mr. Akef Maghraby, CEO & Managing Director of Suez Canal Bank

Panelists :

  • H.E. Mr. Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, Egypt
  • H.E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
  • Mr. Anil Kishora, Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, New Development Bank
  • Dr. Hossam Heiba, Chairman of General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI)
  • Dr. Mohamed Farid, Chairman of the Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt
  • Mr. Khaled Abou Bakr, Chairman, TAQA Arabia
  • Mr. Tarek Fayed, Chairman, Banque Du Caire
12:45-14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00-15:30 Panel II: NDB and Leveraging Investment for Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategies

Keynote speeches by:

  • Mr. Anil Kishora, Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, New Development Bank
  • Mr. Vladimir Kazbekov, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, New Development Bank

Presentations by:

  • Ms. Xiheng Jiang, Director General, Strategy, Policies and Partnerships Department, New Development Bank
  • Mr. Yury Surkov, Director General, Public Sector Department, New Development Bank
  • Mr. Bin Han, Director General, Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Transactions Department, New Development Bank
  • Mr. Zhongxia Jin, Director General, Treasury and Portfolio Management Department, New Development Bank
  • Mr. Atter Hannoura, Director, PPP Central Unit Egypt; Alternate Director for the Constituency of Bangladesh, UAE and Egypt at the New Development Bank
20:00-22:00 Dinner (Invitation Only)
June 12, 2024
9:30-11:00 Panel III: Egypt as a Connectivity Hub


  • Dr. Alaa Ezz, Secretary General of Egyptian Chamber of Industry and Trade and member of board of the BRICS Business Council


  • H.E. Mr. Kamel Al Wazeer, Minister of Transport, Egypt
  • H.E. Mr. Mohamed Abbas Helmy, Minister of Civil Aviation, Egypt
  • Mr. Walid Gamaleldien, Chairman of Suez Canal Economic Zone, Egypt
  • Mr. Fengnian Zhao, CFO, COSCO SHIPPING Ports
  • Mr. Richad Soundardjee, Head of Gulf & Africa Region, China International Capital Corporation
11:00-11:15 Tea Break
11:15-12:45 Panel IV: Enhancing Global Development through South-South Cooperation


  • Professor Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing countries (RIS), India


  • Ms. Dima Al Khatib, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation
  • Mr. Abdourhamane Diaw, Country Manager for Egypt, African Development Bank
  • Ms. Ran Meng, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation, China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA)
  • Mr. Stephane Guimbert, World Bank Group Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti
  • Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Hafez Ghanem, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former VP of the World Bank
12:45-13:45 Buffet Lunch