Egyptian, Estonian FMs urge developing cooperation in communications, IT, digitization



Fri, 20 May 2022 - 08:52 GMT


Fri, 20 May 2022 - 08:52 GMT

CAIRO – 20 May 2022: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Estonian counterpart, Eva-Maria Liimets, have expressed aspiration to develop the bilateral relations between the two countries at all levels.

This especially includes in the fields of communications, information technology, and digitization in light of the distinguished Estonian expertise in this regard and in a way that serves the interests of both countries, a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

In a phone call, the ministers discussed means of boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries and also reviewed regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The two ministers also discussed the Ukrainian crisis and its implications along with other regional and international issues. They affirmed the need to continue coordination between Egypt and Estonia on the issues of mutual concern, according to the statement.

They also agreed on coordination regarding Egypt’s hosting of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November in Sharm El-Sheikh city.

What is the top priorities on COP 27 agenda?

Egyptian Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad held a meeting on Thursday with Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle, where they discussed Egypt’s presidency of the upcoming COP27.

Fouad said that the conference aims at adopting executive procedures regarding climate change, especially when it comes to financing green projects in the developing countries after the developed countries pledged doubling the financing during the Glasgow Conference (COP26).

“Helping the developing countries access financing is a guarantee of effective benefit amid the obstacles faced in taking measures and building the required national capacities,” said Fouad.

The minister added that the COP27 will be a platform to present success stories and executive projects in climate change impacts mitigation, in light of the urgent need to start implementing measures against the climate change-related phenomena that the world is witnessing.

“We are keen during the conference to present success stories at various levels, starting with local communities exposed to climate change impacts, like farmers, fishermen, and women in different regions of the world, and to present the possible ways to address these impacts,” Fouad said.

The conference will present huge investment programs, undertaken in participation of the private sector and various financing institutions, concerned with mitigation measures, such as the project aiming to keep the world temperature under 1.5 degrees Celsius, the Minister said.

Fouad also shed light on the COP27 topics that Egypt will address, including finance, food security, energy, transition to renewable energy, biodiversity, and nature-based solutions, besides the launch of the roadmap for the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) next September, along with water initiatives based on sustainable quality of life.

The vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) affirmed the bank’s support for Egypt’s efforts in the climate file at the national, regional and international levels, as well as its presidency of the upcoming COP27 climate conference to achieve progress in the areas of climate, the ministry’s statement said.

Additional reporting by Samar Samir



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