January 22, 2021


Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated on Sunday the third edition of the Smart Transportation and Logistics Fair and Forum for the Middle East and Africa (TransMEA 2020), the presidency said in a statement.

The president toured the fair and listened to a detailed explanation from officials about its products, including vehicles and means of public transportation running on natural gas and electricity.

He also inspected vehicles equipped with specialised chairs for disabled people.

TransMEA 2020 comes as the country pushes ahead with expanding new smart cities and building modern transport systems to upgrade road networks and reduce travel time, transportation costs and fuel consumption, Egypt’s presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said earlier.

Rady added that the country also seeks to boost trade exchange, reduce accident rates, and protect the environment.

TransMEA 2020 is being hosted at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre in Cairo from 22 to 25 November, with the participation of a number of international companies working in the transport field.

Egypt plans to scrap old and rickety cars manufactured over 20 years ago and replace them with new ones running on natural gas, as well as to convert hundreds of thousands of vehicles to gas-powered models, as per presidential initiatives.

The Egyptian strategy, which focuses mainly on microbuses and taxis, is meant to preserve the environment and make use of the country’s plentiful natural gas production.

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BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful builders and real estate enterprises in the country, announced it hired Houssam “Sam” Sleiman as Executive Vice President- National Transportation where he will be responsible for leading the company’s operations in the transportation sector and driving business development for aviation, port and railway projects nationally.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Sam lead our teams and operations in the strategic and rapidly-expanding transportation sector. Sam’s experience on the client side leading executive operations and capital programming at a major port Authority is unmatched. We are confident his expertise managing complex, sophisticated transportation projects and operations will position Suffolk as a national leader in providing clients exceptional value on their airport, port and railway projects,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk.

“I am grateful to Massport for 27 wonderful years and the opportunity they afforded me to shape the transportation facilities at Logan International airport and the Maritime businesses in Boston. I am excited to join the Suffolk team and its culture of excellence, integrity, hard work, client focus and caring,” Sleiman said.

Mr. Sleiman has more than 35 years experience in the design and construction industry. For more than 27 of those years, he led executive operations, administration and capital programming management and implementation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which included an international airport, general aviation airports, seaport container terminal, cruise terminal and toll bridge structure. At Massport, Mr. Sleiman served as Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs where he directed the overall management of the Authority’s capital investment program, safety program, utilities management, in-house project design and environmental permitting and management. Throughout his career at Massport, he directed the operations, administration, and major development projects and all aspects of the Authority’s capital programs, operating programs and businesses, and he collaborated with the Authority Board of Directors on policies, budgets, and programs approvals.

Mr. Sleiman is a licensed registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). He is a past chair for the CMAA National Board, and is a member of Northeastern University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Industrial Advisory Board. Mr. Sleiman received an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2018. He was awarded the 2018 National Person of the Year by CMAA and was inducted to the CMAA’s College of Fellows in 2017, and the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2016. Mr. Sleiman was elected as a member of “The Moles”, the most prestigious organization in the heavy construction industry in 2020. Mr. Sleiman was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers of 2009.

Mr. Sleiman is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and local chapters BSCE and CMAA-NE.

Mr. Sleiman holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering