SIS: President Sisi's tour deepens Egypt's stance towards Africa
Tuesday، 15 August 2017 - 03:51 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s four-day African tour that takes him to Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon and Chad, bears a lot of strategic indications of the Egyptian policy on the African, regional and international arenas. This tour is an actual translation of the Egyptian foreign policy’s movement in Africa within the framework of Egypt’s openness to the continent, its keenness to go on enhancing relations with the African states in all domains and intensify communication and coordination with these states that constitute one of the most Egyptian important foreign political circles.
The political analysis of the State Information Service (SIS) reports that if we have an in-depth look to the four countries, we will notice that the Egyptian movement on the continental level has several axes and circles: Tanzania in East Africa, Rwanda is a Nile Basin country and Chad and Gabon lie in central Africa in a way that cements the idea of the multiple circles of the Egyptian role in Africa, in addition to the African Horn, Southern Africa and West Africa.
In this context, the Egyptian policy towards the tour’s four countries and Africa in general, is keen to highlight a package of historical and strategical constants mainly: support of principles of the regional cooperation and creation of an Egyptian role in the economic and human resources development.
Consequently, we can say that the slogan “Security, Development and Regional Integration” has become Egypt’s message to the Continent on one hand and the Egyptian attitude in the international forums on the other.
SIS’s analysis reports that the history of relations with Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon and Chad has covered aspects of mutual interest on the political, economic, security, cultural and educational arenas. Moreover, these countries join Egypt in the membership of various groupings and organizations like: The African Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, COMESA, Nile Basin Initiative, NEPAD and Sahel and Sahara Group. This allows multiplity and diversity of the mutual, regional and international vistas of relations and cooperation especially in building the African peace and security, counter terrorism, sustainable development…etc.
In this context, grooming of the human resources figures high of cooperation between Egypt and the four states through dispatching hundreds of Egyptian experts and hosting big numbers of African citizens to receive training in judiciary, police, education, diplomatic affairs and media, besides offering medical and food aid.
In its analysis, SIS indicates that the Egyptian-Tanzanian relations are based on the principles of cooperation and understanding in the social, economic, political, security and defense fields, besides their cooperation in human rights and efforts in the area of unity and development of the African Continent.
Moreover, the two countries have strong political relations that date back to the era of the two leaders Abdel Nasser and Nyerere in a way that helped in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity. So, the two countries’ incumbent leaders work to build on this historical heritage to push the African Union forward. Politically, East Africa’s files top the two countries’ interests especially supporting stability and re-building the state of Somalia.
Egypt and Rwanda concentrate on the economic side to enhance their economic ties. Rwanda is relying on the role played by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) in upgrading the human capabilities. Also, the file of the Egyptian investments figures high on the presidential visit’s agenda for cooperation in the future.
In the same context, Egypt-Rwanda economic ties enjoy a remarkable advantage because the two countries are members to COMESA, and the Egyptian-made products are increasingly salable in Rwanda’s market.
Gabon is one of the most key political players in Central Africa, so coordination of stances between the two countries acquires a higher importance especially in Central African Republic and Congo, in addition to boosting economic ties.
In the cultural and educational fields, Gabon hosts an Al-Azhar 13 members mission, which contributes to building bridges of cultural and educational rapprochement, in addition to the scholarships offered annually by Al-Azhar to the Gabonese Moslems.
According to the analysis designed by the State Information Service, the security situations in Sahel and Sahara tops Egypt-Chad coordination, taking into consideration Chad’s important roles in this area, and in the light of Egypt’s hosting of the Sahel and Sahara’s defense ministers meetings last year, Egypt’s initiative to establish a counter terrorism centre and Egypt’s proposal to provide training for the officers in Cairo.
In the same context, Egypt-Chad consultation acquires a significant importance concerning the Libyan file since the two countries are members to the “Libyan Neighbouring States” mechanism.