2nd coordination summit between AU, RECs
Sunday، 01 November 2020 - 01:21 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi took part in the second coordination summit between the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
Spokesman for the Presidency Bassam Rady said the summit took up the negative effects of the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on African states and on their efforts to achieve continental and regional integration.
The summit also discussed how to develop mechanisms of joint action aimed at overcoming the current challenges, especially through supporting public health capacities to be able to face epidemics in Africa, the spokesman added.
In his speech, President Sisi hailed the outcome of the first coordination summit in Niger, which probed the possibility of sharing burdens between the AU and the RECs, as well as strengthening institutional, financial and administrative reform efforts within the framework of the African Union Commission.
The president stressed the importance of achieving the required harmony among the RECs to press ahead with implementing the continental integration agenda, while developing the networks of infrastructure and energy in African countries, in addition to enhancing communication channels and the transfer of data and information.
President Sisi also underlined the necessity of continuing negotiations on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to become fully operational.
The summit tackled different initiatives on continental integration, along with proposals to divide work between the AU, the RECs and member states, in addition to reviewing the current situation on the spread of the coronavirus in different parts of the continent.