African states need to institute constitutional guarantees to protect their natural resources: Egypt PM

Ahram Online , Saturday 10 Sep 2022

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly called on the heads of top African courts who are meeting in Cairo to formulate joint principles and constitutional guarantees to protect and develop the continent’s natural resources for "our peoples and future generations."

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly speaks during the opening session of the Sixth Cairo High-level Meeting of Chiefs of Constitutional Courts, Supreme Courts, and African Constitutional Councils. Egyptian Cabinet


PM Madbouly made the call during a speech on Saturday to the Sixth Cairo High-level Meeting of Chiefs of Constitutional Courts, Supreme Courts, and African Constitutional Councils, which is taking place in the Egyptian capital under the motto: “The Role of Constitutional Control in Developing African People".

“The African continent is an important part of a world that is facing challenges. Therefore, we have to think collectively ... to find legal and constitutional ways ... that would help African states in curbing the negative impacts of global disputes on our economies,” the premier said.

This will help us fulfill our duty to protect the enormous natural resources resources of Africa for our peoples and future generations, and to support the interests of the neediest strata in our societies under the supreme constitutional principle of social justice, Madbouly stressed.

A host of top Egyptian state officials attended the event, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Justice Omar Marwan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Hanafy El-Gebaly, and Speaker of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek.

“Preserving the natural resources of Africa is no longer an option but rather an obligation and a duty for all countries in the continent in a world that is seeming with political and economic turmoil,” the Egyptian premier stressed.

 “African states have to use resources in an optimal way and invest in them in a manner that achieves sustainable development," he added.

Madbouly praised the outcome of the previous five editions of the African judicial chiefs meeting in developing joint judicial work in Africa, reiterating Egypt's commitment to a better future for the continent.

“Egypt is always ready to help, and uses all its human, scientific and technical capabilities in order to push our continent  - alongside African brothers - towards a better future in various fields,” Madbouly said.

The meeting of the continent's judicial chiefs is set to discuss ways to institute constitutional protections for the rights of refuge and the citizenship as well as ways to tackle challenges in training in the constitutional judiciary field across Africa.

It will discuss the role of constitutional control in preserving African societies’ cultural specificity and promoting social justice in the continent from an economic perspective.

Meanwhile, in his address to the event, the President of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), Boulos Fahmy, praised previous editions for reaching consensus on crucial constitutional issues of great concern to African countries, including fighting corruption, countering terrorism and irregular migration, and supporting digitalisation and green economy.

This success reflects the determination of the relevant African courts in setting constitutional guarantees that ensure the freedom and prosperity of the African peoples, Fahmy said.

The fifth edition of the African judicial chiefs, which was hosted also by Cairo last year, focused on counterterrorism, digital transformation, and health care in Africa in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic challenges.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed to the top African judges during that event that Egypt is keen to host this gathering annually out of its deep conviction in the vital role played by African constitutional and supreme courts across the continent.

The Egyptian president has called on more than one occasion on African states to devise a harmonious judicial strategy that would help them in tackling various challenges, especially terrorism.

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