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Egypt State Information Service (SIS)

Diaa Rashwan: Enhancing African cooperation is one of the constants of Egyptian politics

Thursday، 10 December 2020 - 05:20 PM

Journalist Diaa Rashwan confirmed Egypt's continued efforts to strengthen cooperation with African peoples in all fields, noting that Egypt's presidency of the African Union represented a starting point towards strengthening cooperation between Egypt and African countries and among African peoples and each other. President El Sisi toured - during Egypt's presidency of the African Union from February 2019 to February 2020 - the Continents of the world defending Africa’s interests and raising its voice for its just right to development, peace, stability and progress.

This came in the editorial of the new issue of "African Perspective", issued by the State Information Service.

Rashwan said that after President El Sisi assumed the presidency of the African Union in February 2019, the president participated in many African-International summits and conferences. First, he participated in the Munich Security Conference in Germany for peace in Africa, then in the African-European Summit in Austria, the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in Beijing, the Japan-Africa summit (TICAD) in Tokyo, the G7 Summit in Paris, the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, the UN General Assembly session in New York in September 2019, the G20 Compact with Africa in Germany, and finally in the British-African Summit in London (January 2020). In all these international forums, President El Sisi was the best representative of the African continent's issues.

At the African-African level, President El-Sisi witnessed the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the Nigerien capital Niamey, in June 2019, as well as supporting the AU's campaign on “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020”. Egypt also hosted the first Aswan Forum for Peace and Security in Africa. Aswan became the capital of African youth and instructions were issued to all Egyptian state agencies to enhance cooperation with African countries in all fields, such as diplomacy, trade, industry, irrigation, environment, building human capacity and cadres, among others.

It is noteworthy that "African Perspective" is an Academic Quarterly Journal that aims to follow up the most significant and important African issues in various political, strategic and economic fields. It is issued in three languages: Arabic, English and French, its Chief Editor is Abd El-Moaty Abouzed, Head of the Foreign Information Sector at the State Information Service. It is distributed to various national institutions, universities, research centers, press and media institutions, African embassies in Egypt, SIS media offices abroad, and all those interested in African affairs.

Rashwan pointed out that the new Issue of the periodical included a file entitled "Africa: a vision for the future," which included several studies. The first study focused on the role of think tanks in establishing mechanisms for African soft powers on the international arena and examining ideas concerned with developing this role based on the role of the cultural and civilizational Africa. The second study in the file discussed the efforts of the African continent at the continental level to achieve peace and security in its various regions, based on the fact that security and development are two faces of the same coin, with reference to the importance of African cooperation in the field of combating terrorism (a case study of the West African region). While, the economic file focused on discussing the continent’s future project “African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)” that was signed in July 2019 and is scheduled to enter into force in January 2021 as the gateway for development for the African continent.

The new Issue also includes a series of studies and reports that tackle current developments on the African scene in various fields. On the economic level, it reviews the role of the SADC in promoting economic cooperation and security of the South African countries,  established since 1980. Being the largest economic and political gathering  in Africa, as it comprises 16 African countries, it has become an attractive icon to the strong and the major countries that are keen to develop their relations with SADC in view of the enormous potential and resources it possesses.

On the social level, the Issue includes a study on women's empowerment to achieve sustainable development in Africa, particularly economic empowerment, which aims to remove economic and legislative constraints, particularly those related to acquiring productive assets, as well as building and strengthening the capacities of African women by enhancing their access to education and training necessary to raise their productivity .

The new Issue of the periodical also includes a report on the foreign policy of the Republic of Ghana which has been characterized by realistic external movements, that focus on the national interest and serve the objectives of economic development in the light of gaining the respect of the world appreciation to Ghana's intense participation in peacekeeping operations in general and regional peacemaking on the level of West African region in particular.

The new Issue of 'African Horizons' discusses many topics concerning Egyptian-African relations, including Egypt's presidency of the African Union during the period February 10, 2019 to February 10, 2020. During that period,  the African Union focused on a number of priorities based on the agreed-upon agenda of the Union, the most important of which is the 2063 agenda. The political discourse analysis of  President El-Sisi  during his presidency of the African Union reveales a number of constants in Egypt's African policy, the most important of which is Egypt's historic role in the African struggle against colonialism, the continuation of the efforts for institutional, structural and financial reform of the African Union, the consolidation of the principle of African solutions to African problems, reliance on the role of women and youth in the African development process, and the expansion of the African partnership with international, continental and regional financial institutions. In addition to that, President El-Sisi attended 10 international summits with regional and international partners of the African Union.

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The new issue of the periodical, in the article written by the editor-in-chief, Abd Al-Mo'ti Abo Zayd, referred to the importance of media as a tool for communicating with Africa and how Egypt's presidency of the Union was an occasion to launch effective initiatives for direct communication between the Egyptian people and the peoples of the African continent through effective media tools that directly address the peoples of Africa by their languages, as SIS has launched a website in nine African and international languages, namely; Arabic, English, French, Hausa, Swahili, Amharic, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. It also issued dozens of books documenting the correct data of Egypt's relations with the African continent in the past and present. These books were translated in various European and African languages.

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