Union for Mediterranean chief praises Egypt's reforms on economy, women empowerment

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Nov 2019

Nasser Kamel has hailed Egypt’s efforts to restructure its economy with a longterm eye on sustainable development, describing them as a model of effective reform

Nasser Kamel
UfM chief Nasser Kamel (Photo Courtesy of UfM Twitter account)

The secretary general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Nasser Kamel has praised Egypt's achievements in energy, water resources, economic reforms, and women's empowerment, describing its efforts as an ideal model.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by UfM in Slovenia, Kamel told MENA news agency Saturday that Egypt has managed to restructure the national economy in record time with a keenness on achieving sustainable development.

He stressed that such efforts enable Cairo to become engaged in the global economy more effectively.

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is the intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation that brings together all 28 countries of the European Union and 15 countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean.

The union provides a forum to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue, as well as the implementation of concrete projects and initiatives with a tangible impact on the citizens of member states, according to the UfM website.

Kamel added that Egypt has good infrastructure, which is a main pillar of economic development, praising Cairo’s interest in achieving sustainable development through implementing major projects in various fields.

The UfM secretary general also hailed the country's efforts to improve the health sector, including putting an end to Hepatitis C as part of a 3-year period under the 100 Million Lives initiative. 

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