- Press photoa- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participates in a ministerial meeting of the Forum, held in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly - Press photoa- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participates in a ministerial meeting of the Forum, held in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly

Shoukry: Sisi attaches great importance of building strong infrastructure in Africa

Sun, Nov. 18, 2018
ADDIS ABABA - 18 November 2018: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted that Egypt has a vast expertise in the development efforts in Africa through the works of the Arab Contractors Company and others in the private sector, highlighting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's directives in various occasions on the importance of building strong infrastructure in the continent with the aim of enhancing internal trade and luring more investments.

According to a statement on the fringe of his participation in the official delegation to the 11th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union, Shoukry explained that development efforts in Africa could benefit the African fellows as well as Egypt, asserting that integration and interaction among African states are included on the African Agenda of 2036.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, head of the Egyptian delegation to the summit, is attending the summit on behalf of President Sisi.

Shoukry said Madbouli's participation in the summit and his address reflected that Egypt vision comes in line with that of the Africa states regards various issues floated at the summit.

He said the Egyptian policy towards the south African states and trade and cooperation among them could benefit all parties involved despite the differences in their growth rates.

He also underlined the importance of continuing the reform program of the African Union and enhancing the capabilities of the African Commission through reviewing its mechanisms and outlining a new framework for implementing its actions.

Concerning the issue of the African Free Trade Zone and choosing the venue of its premises, Shoukry said Egypt will be among countries that will present its proposal to host the Free Zone mechanism, adding that the hosting country should have a powerful administrative body and the ability to lure in experts in this domain.

On the decision of establishing a permanent higher committee for human rights, Shoukry said the committee will address the latest developments in the human rights field as well as mechanisms devised in dealing with them locally and internationally.

He added that the concerned committee will highlight the main progress achieved in Egypt on ground as well as efforts to empower women, youth and relevant political, economic and social rights.

The committee will be tasked with dealing with all objectivity with the human rights conditions in Egypt as well as societal development and upgrading of civil society organizations working in the field, he added.

The new committee will be also tasked with enhancing cooperation with the National Council for Human Rights and other concerned state bodies to clarify facts about the human rights situation in the country away from any allegation or false reports. It will also draw up a unified vision to be promoted in international and regional forums.

Egypt's Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly decided Tuesday to establish a permanent higher committee on human rights.

The new body will also compile Egypt's report that is submitted to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), and follow up on the implementation of the recommendations that Egypt accepts.

It will be also assigned to follow up on the implementation of Egypt's existing international obligations in respect of human rights.
 
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