20 September 2020 12:06 AM

AU bureau meeting on coronavirus

Friday، 28 August 2020 - 01:12 PM

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Thursday delivered a speech, on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, at a meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government with Chairpersons of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union on efforts exerted to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In his speech, Madbouly reiterated the need for continuing cooperation and coordination among African states as well as their partners worldwide with the aim of confronting the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.

He conveyed the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to his African brethren especially South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the chairperson of the African Union, on his influential leadership and efforts to mitigate the epidemic’s impact on Africa.

Madbouly voiced Egypt's concern over the accelerated political developments in Mali, asserting Egypt's support for all political efforts aimed at reaching a settlement there.

He also highlighted the vital and integrated role played by the regional African economic communities in countering the pandemic, saying that Egypt is renewing its backing for establishing a unified African platform for procurement of medicine given the fact that Egypt has a successful experience in this regard through its Unified Medical Procurement Authority “UMPA”.

The premier also pressed the necessity of urging international financial institutions, Africa's partners, the African and international private sectors to present all needed support for African states to overcome the negative economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.

He noted that the US$ 1.6 million medical aid which Egypt extended to 10 African states is just the first batch of its humanitarian response action to support its fellow Africa countries during these hard times, adding that the second and third batches are targeting 23 African states with an estimated value of US$ 2.2 million. Shipment of these batches are about to be finalized soon, he explained.

Concluding his speech, Madbouly voiced Egypt's appreciation for all efforts exerted by the African Union Commission and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in countering the spread of the coronavirus. He renewed Egypt's commitment to supporting the joint African action in all fields, adding that Cairo is ready to coordinate with all African states to overcome the impact of the current coronavirus crisis.

Commenting on the premier's speech, Ramaphosa thanked Egypt on its efforts to stand against the challenges posed by the coronavirus and expressed appreciation of its backing for the African efforts in this regard.

Ramaphosa also extended greetings to President Sisi on his solidarity with the African efforts.

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