Egypt chosen AU COVID-19 Response Fund vice-head with aim to raise money for epidemic: Presidential advisor


Thu, 11 Jun 2020 - 08:02 GMT

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Test Kit- U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Pedro Tenorio

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Test Kit- U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Pedro Tenorio

CAIRO – 11 June 2020: Egypt’s Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din revealed that Egypt was chosen as a vice-chair of the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund, noting that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has been doing a lot of effort following up with the epidemic updates and impact on the African continent.

During statements to Al-Hayat Privet channel, Thursday, Tag El-Din explained that Egypt was choosing and that he is representing the country at the Fund board.

Answering a question on Sisi’s participation earlier at the mini-video conference with a number of African leaders, including members of the African Union Bureau, headed by President of South Africa and African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, Tag El-Din said that Egypt aims at raising funds to support African countries confronting COVID-19.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi affirmed, Thursday, that confronting the novel Coronavirus, (COVID-19) demands close and continues cooperation between all African countries, and continuing to urge the international financial institutions to provide economic support to African countries.

During his participation in a video conference with a number of African leaders, President Sisi stressed the need to continue supporting African medical teams to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, and to work to provide the continent's needs for medical supplies and equipment.

Sisi added that facing the repercussions of the spread of the Corona epidemic should be carried out in parallel with the rest of the efforts to combat the various risks that threaten the security and stability of African countries, especially terrorism, and extremism.

According to the African Union website; “COVID-19 Response Fund was established by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on 26 March 2020, with the aim of strengthening the continental response to COVID-19 and mitigate its socio economic and humanitarian impact on African populations.”

The launch followed a meeting of the Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government, chaired President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union for 2020. The website stated, adding that members of the bureau are: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali;, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya; President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.



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