Egypt’s foreign ministry lights up headquarters to celebrate Africa Day

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 May 2022

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lit up its headquarters with the word ‘Africa’ on Wednesday to celebrate 2022 Africa Day, which marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963.

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Egypt s foreign ministry lights up headquarters to celebrate Africa Day. Egyptian foreign ministry

The OAU, founded by 32 African countries including Egypt, later evolved on 9 July 2002 into the African Union (AU), which is made up of 55 member states and represents all the countries on the continent. 

In a statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry said the establishment of the OAU reflected the will of the African peoples to achieve independence and utilise their human and natural resources to achieve economic development and meet the people’s aspirations toward freedom, integration, and unity. 

Egyptian-African relations have seen a strong momentum over the past years reinforced by a political will at the highest levels to boost relations with the African countries in the fields of economy, trade, health, and investments, the ministry said. 

“This has been reflected in the continuous coordination and consultation to achieve integration and unity and confront the traditional and non-traditional challenges facing our contemporary world,” the ministry said. 

The ministry added that this momentum in Egyptian-African relations has been based on a firm determination to enhance the efforts of uniting the African ranks in the face of conflicts in different regions of the world, given their impact on the development process in African countries. 

Egypt has continued to consult with all African countries at the bilateral level on the concerns and issues facing the continent and has followed up on the global political and economic developments given the country’s leading role in the continent, the ministry said. 

Egypt has also taken many diplomatic moves to preserve the rights and gains of African countries, the ministry said, noting that such efforts have been reflected by the significant number of mutual visits and high-level meetings between Egypt and other African countries. 

“Egypt's moves in the African continent are based on well-studied strategic steps and a timetable for implementing development projects in line with development plans of the African states,” the ministry said. 

Egypt has also worked through these moves on intensifying efforts to enhance mutual investments and increase the rates of trade exchange with African partners, especially after the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) entered into force. 

Egypt is a signatory to several trade agreements between African countries, including the AfCFTA — an agreement that was adopted and opened for signature in March 2018 in Kigali before going into force in January 2021 after months of delays owing to the pandemic. 

The AfCFTA aims to accelerate intra-African trade and boost Africa’s trading position in the global market by strengthening its common voice and policy space in global trade negotiations. 

Moreover, Egypt has sought to contribute to building the capacities of African cadres in various fields in a way that supports the efforts of achieving sustainable development across the continent, the ministry noted. 

Earlier today, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also marked Africa Day, stressing that Egypt will continue to endeavour side by side with its sister African countries to achieve sustainable development. 

“I congratulate all the brotherly African peoples on the occasion of Africa Day,” El-Sisi wrote on his official Facebook account. 

The Egyptian president described the occasion as “a great historical moment that established a new era in strengthening unity and cooperation between the countries of our continent." 

"Egypt will continue working side by side with its sister African countries to achieve sustainable development and boost joint efforts to find solutions to problems and conflicts that the continent has suffered from for decades and have prevented the realisation of the dreams of its people," El-Sisi said. 

“Today we are taking firm steps… towards creating a stable continent that guarantees a decent life for its people and instills a culture of civility, tolerance, and love for the whole world,” El-Sisi said. 

In closing, the Egyptian president wished the peoples of Africa "progress, stability, and prosperity” on this day. 

In recent years, the Egyptian government has placed a priority on cooperation with fellow African countries on the political, economic and social levels.  

Egypt has also repeatedly called for cooperation among African countries to counter terrorism. The country also vowed to speak for African concerns at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November. 

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