Egypt preps for Joint Higher Committee meeting with South Sudan

Doaa A.Moneim , Wednesday 16 Jun 2021

Egypt is working to support the development agenda in South Sudan, said the chairman of the coordination meeting

The coordination meeting
During The coordination meeting, chaired by Tarek Elsharawy the advisor to the minister of international cooperation for cabinet affairs on Wednesday, June 16,2021.
Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation organised on Wednesday a coordination meeting for Egyptian ministries and entities that cooperate with South Sudan within the framework of preparations for the first session of the anticipated Joint Higher Committee meeting between the two countries.

The date of the anticipated meeting is yet to be scheduled.

The  meeting is expected to be held in Cairo and will be headed by Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and the vice president of Economic Affairs in South Sudan, in line with the agreement signed in 2012 to facilitate the establishment of the joint committee.

Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat chairs the joint committee meetings at the ministerial and preparatory levels, streamlining the development plans and efforts from both sides.

The coordination meeting, chaired by Tarek El-Shaarawy, the advisor to the minister of international cooperation for cabinet affairs and supervisor of the Arab-African cooperation sector, looked into existing cooperation between Egypt and South Sudan, where a large number of Egyptian projects are already in action.

Egypt has already developed three schools in South Sudan, and a branch of the Alexandria University is currently being constructed, according to the international cooperation ministry.

Moreover, bilateral cooperation focuses on the establishment of electricity networks in four cities, among many other projects.

During the meeting, El-Shaarawy stressed that Egypt has great interest in supporting the development agenda in South Sudan.

The meeting looked into the importance of contributing to the development process in South Sudan, and in maximising joint benefits, capabilities, and natural resources that are available in line with the political leadership directives aimed at supporting development efforts across the African continent.

The joint cooperation also allows for Egypt to share its experience for the benefit of the people of South Sudan.

The meeting also focused on the cohesive affiliation between the two countries in the water, irrigation, health, and education sectors and how to expand cooperation in other areas through the establishment of a suitable business ecosystem that will allow for more investment and increase the volume of trade exchange.

The meeting also reviewed exchanged documents that will be signed during the Supreme Committee meeting, and the outcome of the technical visits made by delegations from the Egyptian ministries to South Sudan aiming to streamline the efforts and lay down a clear vision for bilateral partnership.

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