Sisi embarks on Africa tour to push economic ties and continental integration

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Jun 2023

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will start on Tuesday an Africa tour that includes Angola, Zambia and Mozambique to strengthen relations with these countries as well as push economic integration on the continental level.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. AP
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. AP


President El-Sisi will conduct meetings with the leaders of the three countries to discuss developing joint African work frameworks, according to Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.

The meetings will also address various regional issues and topics of mutual concern, Fahmy added.

COMESA summit

In Zambia, President El-Sisi will attend on Thursday the 22nd Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State and Governments Summit.

The summit will be attended by heads of state of the 21 member states of COMESA.

Zambia is set to assume the rotating presidency of the regional economic community from Egypt.

“The president's tour in the southern African region comes within the framework of Egypt's keenness to intensify communication and coordination with its African brothers,” the spokesman stated.

The tour reflects Egypt's commitment to enhancing its relations with African countries in the fields of the economy, trade, and investment, he added.

It demonstrates Egypt's prioritization of African issues in its foreign policy, according to the spokesman.

As the chair of COMESA since 2021, Egypt pushed regional integration on the continental level through the development of intra-regional trade in Africa, stressing the effective implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Egypt has advocated for customs exemptions among African countries as agreed upon in the AfCFTA framework.

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