19 August 2019 06:57 PM

Egypt keen on more success for joint African action – Sisi

Tuesday، 12 February 2019 - 04:42 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki held a joint press conference following the conclusion of the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Sisi, who is chairing the African Union in 2019, thanked his predecessor; Rwandan President Paul Kagame, for his hard work in leading the African work during the past year.

Under Kagame, the African Union has made significant strides towards greater integration among the African peoples, as well as enhancing the efficiency of the African Union's action and strengthening its institutional, financial and administrative performance, the president said.

The 2019 Egyptian chairmanship will be keen on achieving more successes for African joint action, he added.

Sisi said he is looking forward to cooperating with Moussa Faki in 2019, till handing over the AU chairmanship to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2020.

The Summit was held at a time when there were many signs of optimism and confidence about the future of African integration, especially in the area of free trade with the imminent entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement, as well as satisfactory progress in facilitating the movement of individuals, regional integration projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy and public health and continue to strive to strengthen the structure of African peace and security, which represents a top priority high for the Egyptian AU chairmanship, he added.

However, the continent continues to face many political, security and economic challenges that threaten those achievements need greater solidarity, unity and joint action, the president said.

Sisi termed the refugees, returnees and displaced people file as a daily challenge faced by African countries for many years.

Africa hosts more than a quarter of the world's refugees and asylum seekers, along with millions of other internally displaced people, as a result of periodic armed conflicts, terrorism, political crises and severe consequences of climate change, the president said.

Africa does not receive international support commensurate with the volume of this challenge and its pressures, he added.

An ambitious plan will be put into force in 2019 to address this crisis, Sisi revealed.

He added that the summit mulled the latest developments in several African regions, including South Sudan, Somalia, Sahel, Chad Basin and the Great Lakes.

The leaders renewed their consensus on activating the principle of "African solutions to African problems", the president said.

Africa continues to support the Libyan state in its fight against terrorism, efforts to achieve peace and stability and mechanisms to build the national institutions, he added.

The summit have received important reports from African leaders who chair its subcommittees, including a report prepared by Chad's President Idriss Deby on the state of governance in Africa, Sisi said.

The African leaders reaffirmed the importance of continuing efforts to promote good governance in Africa as an important guarantee against corruption, instability and extremism, he added.

Senegalese President Macky Sall briefed the summit on the opportunities for Africa to invest in education, science and technology. Another report submitted by Gabonese President Ali Bongo on serious challenges facing Africa in the area of climate change and efforts to strengthen the African common stance within the negotiating forums was considered, Sisi said.

Mulling a report prepared by President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio on reforming the UN Security Council, the African leaders reaffirmed their firm stance, demanding two permanent seats for the continent, he added.

Important briefings on controlling Malaria, illegal migration, terrorism, AIDS, corruption and child marriage, as well as measures to activate the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and implement 2063 Agenda were discussed, Sisi said.

The summit adopted recommendations submitted by African leaders, Sisi said, adding that they will be developed into programs to be implemented.

Sisi said he is pleased that the 32nd African Summit adopted the set-up agreement of the African Drug Medicines, the statute of the of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission, the statute of the African Union International Centre for Girls and Women Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) and the African Transitional Justice Policy, alongside amending the Charter of African Cultural Renaissance.

"I am confident that these new entities and instruments will add value to the African common action and that the continent will move immediately to make them fully operational," he added.

A summit-level coordination meeting will replace the AU summer summit, gathering the AU troika administration and the heads of eight regional economic communities in Niger's Niamey, the president revealed.

The meeting will focus on promoting regional integration efforts and strengthening partnership with the eight economic communities, he added.

Sisi said 2019 will witness a series of important international meetings and forums, notably the G-7 Summit, the G20 Summit, the TICAD Summit with Japan and the high-level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, in which Egypt will be keen to express the African priorities and stances and call on the international community to strengthen its partnership with Africa based in the principles of common interest, mutual respect and African ownership of problems and solutions.

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