Sisi, Abe hold joint press conference after TICAD summit
Friday، 30 August 2019 - 09:59 AM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Friday said that the Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) reflects the high level of strategic partnership between Japan and the African Union members.
At a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after TICAD summit, president Sisi added that the meetings offered an opportunity for the participants from the private and public sectors to discuss issues of priority for Africa such as means of improving infrastructure and cooperation in the industrial, agricultural and technological fields.
He added that the issues of peace and security in Africa were also discussed at the summit meetings.
President Sisi noted that the African Union will continue cooperation and coordination with Japan and all TICAD partners.
The African Union, added the president, is seeking to achieve the aspirations of the African peoples for development and prosperity.
He underlined the necessity of continuing TICAD efforts for supporting comprehensive and sustainable development in Africa and having mechanisms for implementing the African development vision according to the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the 2030 sustainable development goals.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi added while addressing the joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the African countries need improving their infrastructure.
He underscored the importance of improving this infrastructure, including digitization, for achieving development.
He pointed out that Egypt has achieved much progress in the field of digitization.
He further added that Egypt is seeking inter-Africa economic merging through the African free trade area for reducing the prices of many goods and commodities along with services.
President Sisi underlined the important role of young people in Africa's development, noting that up to 65 percent of African population are young people.
For his part, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the joint press conference with president Sisi that Africa is the largest field of development.
He noted that Africa is the bright future for development, adding that he plans to receive around 3,000 African young people for training them in Japan.
He also pointed out that up to 2,500 African young people are receiving training courses in Japan in different fields such as medicine.
The Japanese PM also underlined the important role of young people for achieving progress and prosperity in Africa.