President Sisi arrives in Nairobi to attend AU Mid-Year Coordination Meeting

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Jul 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday to attend the Fifth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (5th MYCM) of the African Union, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Mechanisms and African Union Member States.

President Sisi arrives in Kenya on Saturday 15 July 2023. Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency


African leaders and heads of government will convene on Sunday in the 5th MYCM under the AU's 2023 theme: “Acceleration of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation."

President El-Sisi will deliver a speech presenting Egypt's ambitious two-year roadmap as the current chair of the Steering Committee of the African Development Agency (NEPAD), said Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy in a statement.

He will also discuss the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the need for African countries to work together to implement it.

According to Fahmy, the president's second speech, which he will deliver as the current president of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), will be given at the session on the environment, climate change and the blue economy at the Nairobi Summit.

It will include an overview of Egypt's efforts to cope with the effects of climate change and adapt to climate change, as well as the Loss and Damage Fund, which was agreed upon at the COP27 summit in Sharm El-Sheikh in November last year.

The president will also stress in his second speech the principles of climate justice and shared responsibility in coping with the effects of climate change, considering the varying burdens that vary from one country to another.

El-Sisi is also scheduled to meet with his Kenyan counterpart, President William Ruto, on the sidelines of the MYCM meeting to discuss deepening cooperation between the two brotherly countries on matters of common African concern, and enhancing continental integration, said Fahmy.

Executive Council

​The 5th MYCM was preceded by the 43rd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, which was held from 13 to 14 July.

During these sessions, officials from Egypt and fellow African countries discussed the progress achieved in the commercial integration program for African countries and the means to enhance that integration, reported the Egyptian state’s news agency MENA on Friday.

These means include promoting free movement, developing a unified African passport, and integrating continental infrastructure and financial markets.

The meeting's agenda also covered the financing of Agenda 2063, which focused on Africa’s economic recovery, as well as agriculture, debt management and energy.

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