Defending Africa’s interests topped Egypt’s foreign policy priorities in 2022: Foreign ministry report
According to Egypt Today, Egypt under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi 2022 continued the efforts aimed at strengthening relations with African countries, for being a top priority in the country’s foreign policy, according to a report released by the Foreign Ministry yesterday.
Egypt has been attempting to play an active role in various mechanisms of joint African action since President Sisi took office in 2014, as the president was eager to increase the country’s presence in Africa by paying several visits to African states and signing numerous bilateral agreements in various fields.
After assuming the African Union’s presidency in 2019, Egypt has maintained cooperation with all African countries and positively responded to the developments in Africa.
President Sisi has always been calling in his speeches at all conferences and summits for mobilizing the international community’s efforts to support development in Africa.
During the summit, held from the 13th to the 15th of December, Sisi emphasized the African continent’s need for major country support in order to build a strong continental infrastructure for the success of African development efforts.
Egypt’s plan to achieve food security for Africa includes establishing mechanisms to reduce debt burdens through exemption, exchange, or easy payment, as well as intensifying agricultural investments directed to Africa through the transfer of modern technologies on favorable terms and maintaining global trade open.
The president underlined that bringing about food security is linked to climate adaptation efforts, referring in this regard to the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, hosted by Egypt in November.
In this regard, he said that Egypt launched a number of initiatives on climate change adaptation, citing the establishment of the Cairo Center for Learning and Excellence on Adaptation and Resilience in cooperation with the US, as well as initiating the Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation’s Initiative, in cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The president pointed out that the COP27 had attached great importance to the necessity of providing USD 100 billion annually to developing countries to help developing countries face the impacts of climate change.
President Sisi noted that COP27 succeeded for the first time in establishing a loss and damage fund for supporting the nations that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Egypt sought to place a high value on the most important collective action mechanisms agreed upon within the framework of the African Union, particularly the AU Agenda 2063, during its presidency of the African Union in 2019.
This is in addition to various initiatives aimed at bringing about regional economic integration and promoting intra-trade in the continent.
Egypt’s presidency of the AU also focused on strengthening the mechanisms for preventing and settling African conflicts, in addition to enhancing the institutional reform of the African Union.