Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wrapped up his visit to Beijing this week, returning home with new partnership agreements that include a contract to jointly manufacture electric cars.

Sisi attended China’s Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, along with 5,000 delegates and 37 other heads of state. Before his visit ended April 28, he met with several top leaders, including his host President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

China launched the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 to establish a road network connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, based on the 19th century Silk Road concept that linked China to the world.

BRI aims to expand world trade by building roads, ports and other facilities in several countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. At the Opening Session of the Forum April 26, Sisi delivered a speech stressing Egypt’s strategic partnership with China.