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President EL- Sisi's visit to Sochi to participate in the Russian-African summit

Tuesday، 22 October 2019 - 12:00 AM



President El-Sisi arrived, 22-10-2019, in the Russian city of Sochi to chair Russia-Africa Summit jointly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the visit a summit meeting between the President and the Russian President will be held to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations in all fields and levels, within the framework of the comprehensive partnership agreement and strategic cooperation signed between the two countries, as well as ties bringing together Egypt and Russia, and their keenness to strengthen bilateral cooperation and continue intensive consultations on issues of common concern.

The President will also hold a number of meetings with African leaders participating in Russia-Africa Summit, in addition to the participation of His Excellency in launching the Russia-Africa Economic Forum. It will focus on a number of axes for the development of trade cooperation and economic relations between the Russian Federation and the countries of the African continent in the presence of African leaders and the community of businessmen and investors from both sides.

The Summit, the first of its kind, will include two plenary sessions, and a final declaration will be issued. This aims to support and deepen the distinguished and historical relations between the African continent and Russia, in addition to enhancing consultation between the two sides on how to address common challenges.

First Day Events:

Wednesday 23-10-2019




El-Sisi Meets GAZ Group President

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received, on Tuesday evening, at his residence in Sochi with the President of GAZ Group, Mr. Vadim Sorokin.

 

The Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency stated that the meeting tackled Egypt's interest and endeavors in developing its activity in the automotive industry in light of the factors that the Egyptian market enjoys to attract foreign investment, such as new and advanced infrastructure and skilled labor. President El-Sisi confirmed that Egypt is considered one of the largest markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, and that it can reach important foreign markets through the trade agreements that Egypt shares with many countries and Regional Economic Blocs. These factors have attracted many major world companies to work in Egypt.

 

Mr. Sorokin explained the company's successful activity and history in manufacturing cars and buses and exporting them to many international markets; he hoped that its activity would extend to Egypt. Mr. Sorokin expressed his vision for the company's future plans concerning joint cooperation with regard to modern public transport systems, including electric and gas-powered vehicles, and prospects for localizing this industry in Egypt in light of the promising Egyptian market and various factors that stimulate investment.




El-Sisi’s Opening Speech in Russia-Africa Economic Forum

 

“Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation,

Your Majesties, Excellencies and African Heads of State and Government,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

At the outset, I would like to express my high appreciation for President Vladimir Putin and the friendly Russian people for their warm hospitality and interest in enhancing cooperation between Africa and Russia through launching Russia-Africa Economic Forum as a platform for investment and trade opportunities. This will enhance the mutual interdependence and communication among our peoples and contribute to the development of the African continent in accordance with Africa’s Agenda 2063 Vision. Additionally, this will help in exploring new horizons of cooperation that promotes mutual benefit in accordance with the principle of national ownership and enriches the approach of African partnership with the friendly countries, where experience has proved the positive feedback.

 

The aspirations of our peoples should lead us all to unite to realize their legitimate hopes and aspirations for peace, stability, economic progress and development. We also had to take advantage of the successful economic experiences, especially the Russian one which reflects the firm will and the ability to work and achieve accomplishment. In this context, we stress that it is important that the forum achieve results that contribute to enhancing the capacities, priorities and pilot projects of the African countries as our continent has been keen to put the topics of infrastructure development and the process of economic and regional integration on top of joint African action. We have given paramount importance to investment in human capital in Africa as the prerequisite for achieving sustainable development and the desired renaissance all over the continent. It is notable that the youth of our continent below 25 years make up about 65% of the population; thus, they represent an emerging force in the labor market in the future. Moreover, we exert ongoing efforts to empower the African women in supporting their role in advancing our development.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Africa is poised for an important stage where big positive changes take place, opportunities of trade, investment and entrepreneurship increase, and industrialization and digitalization field and capacities develop, pushed by ambitious youth societies and governmental encouraging bold policies to achieve our peoples’ aspirations. In this context, I wish to reiterate to the attendees that we have made a lot of economic and political reforms, besides we have taken hectic and tangible steps for the economic integration process on the regional and continental levels. The last step was the enforcement of African Continental Free Trade Agreement during the African Union Summit in Niger in July 2019, raising the interest of international development partners. Within this framework, Africa welcomes openness to the world and cooperation with its partners to make a qualitative leap in the fields of capacity-building, knowledge transfer, modernization of the African industrialization system, development of the infrastructure and technology, and establishment of the rules of digital economy.

 

I wish to reiterate the call to all private sector institutions, Russian and international companies, and international finance corporations for cooperation and investment in Africa. Now is the best time for openness to the African countries. I don’t miss the chance to urge the international, continental and regional finance institutions to undertake their role in funding Africa’s development efforts and provide financial guarantees to develop potentials of the continent. This contributes to enhancing trade and investment, providing the best conditions and incentives for the African countries’ development programs and projects, and achieving the Africans’ aspirations for keeping pace with progress, modernization and sustainable development.

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before concluding my speech, I reiterate that cooperation with the African countries must be based on the principle of mutual interest and African ownership within a framework that targets supporting comprehensive and sustainable development in Africa through a set of pillars: accelerating economic transformation, improving business climate through genuine partnership with the private sector, establishing social justice and societal participation and supporting peace and stability in conformity with the Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

 

In conclusion, I stress that I am looking forward that this vital forum shall promote cooperation between Russia and Africa in all fields in the coming years.

 

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah Be Upon You."

 

El-Sisi Meets South Sudan’s President Kiir in Sochi

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir.

President El-Sisi expressed his pleasure to meet the President of South Sudan, pointing out Egypt's keenness to develop cooperation between the two sides at all levels, especially in light of the deep relations binding the two brotherly countries.

President El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s firm position in support of the government and people of South Sudan. He also reiterated Egypt’s support for all efforts aimed at achieving a final peaceful political settlement in Juba, notably through the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. Egypt keeps exerting efforts regionally and internationally to enhance efforts aimed at restoring stability and security and improving the economic conditions there.

South Sudan’s President Kiir underlined his country’s keenness on further strengthening bilateral cooperation with Egypt in various areas in light of the brotherly and outstanding relations the two countries share. He lauded Egypt’s constructive role in advancing the development process in his country.

President of South Sudan Kiir reviewed the latest developments of the political situation in his country, particularly in light of the recent visit of opposition leader Riek Machar to Juba. President Kiir lauded Egypt’s role and efforts in support of the stability of the situation in the region and in South Sudan, which come as part of Egypt’s leading role at the regional level, its current chairmanship of the African Union and the historic bonds the two countries and their peoples share.

The meeting reviewed aspects of cooperation between Egypt and South Sudan. President El-Sisi asserted that Egypt will continue to provide support and technical assistance to South Sudan so as to contribute to fulfilling its people’s aspirations for a better future, implementing joint projects, enhancing reconstruction efforts in South Sudan and implementing projects for the interests of the two peoples in various areas.

The talks also touched on the latest regional developments. President El-Sisi lauded the role of South Sudan’s President in the efforts aimed at achieving stability in Sudan, particularly through his sponsorship of the negotiations between the government of Sudan and armed factions. President El-Sisi stressed the importance of concerted regional efforts in promoting peace and stability in Sudan and expressed his satisfaction for at the coordination between Egypt and South Sudan in this regard.

 

El-Sisi Meets President of Chad

 

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met in Sochi with President of Chad, Idriss Déby.

President El-Sisi confirmed the distinguished historic bonds that the two countries share. He also noted Egypt's keenness to enhance and develop relations with Chad on different levels, taking into consideration the strategic relation binding the two countries and the consensus in views on many regional and international issues.

President of Chad lauded the close bilateral relations, noting his country's keenness to enhance cooperation with Egypt and expressed his appreciation for Egypt's support for Chad in various fields, especially capacity building. The President of Chad also lauded Egypt's active role in Africa, in light of its current chairmanship of the AU and commended Egypt's efforts in this regard so as to fulfill the aspirations of the African people for stability and development.

The meeting touched on ways to advance cooperation between the two countries. President El-Sisi confirmed Egypt's interest in continuing cooperation with Chad in the area of capacity building through the training sessions offered by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development for the Chadian calibers in different specializations, especially in health, and implementing the President's initiative to treat one million African citizens from Hepatitis C virus, in addition to providing training sessions for physicians.

During this meeting, the two presidents discussed a number of regional issues and agreed to continue joint consultation and coordination at the African level and within international fora and organizations with the aim of enhancing the principle of African solutions to African problems. This is in addition to optimizing security and intelligence cooperation to combat terrorism and extremism. President El-Sisi lauded, in this regard, Chad's efforts in the framework of the Sahel region, which represents Egypt's national security.

 

 

El-Sisi Meets Chairperson of the AU Commission on Sidelines of Russia-Africa Forum

 

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met in Sochi the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki.

President said that he is looking forward to continuing close cooperation and coordination with the AU Commission team to advance joint African action across various fields during Egypt's chairmanship of the AU so as to effectively serve the continent's interests. The President confirmed the importance of concerted efforts to achieve tangible progress in areas that are of priority on the AU agenda, particularly focusing on economic and regional integration, peace and security, AU institutional reform and cooperation with international partners.

 

The President noted the importance of increasing AU efforts to prevent conflicts and effectuate the AU Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development policy, within the framework of a comprehensive approach that relies on development as a goal and means to address the root causes of conflicts and enhance the state capacities. The President expressed willingness to back this approach as he leads the post-conflict reconstruction and development issues within the African Union.

Mr. Faki confirmed Egypt's importance and leverage in Africa, particularly for being one of the countries that contributed to launching the pillars of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) that represented the first pillar for joint African action. He lauded Egypt's success in enhancing development efforts in Africa during its chairmanship of the AU, in light of the critical challenges that the continent is passing through, which requires an ambitious vision to continue the institutional reform of the Union and ensure the preservation of political stability and security in Africa.

Mr. Faki also noted his keenness to participate in the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in December 2019, which will be an important platform for political and developmental dialogue and interaction among the decision makers and experts from Africa and other countries. It also embodies Egypt's leading position in Africa in caring for the activation of African mechanisms to safeguard stability and advance development in the continent's countries.

The meeting also touched on developments pertinent to a number of issues in Africa, such as the situation in a number of hotbeds of conflict in Africa and efforts to politically resolve them, mainly the situation in Libya. In this regard, they agreed on continuing intensified coordination and consultation, particularly in the framework of supporting and enhancing the principle of unified African action and following up on its mechanisms.




Second day events

Thursday: 24-10-2019

El-Sisi's Opening Speech in Russia-Africa Summit

“Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation,

Your Majesties, Excellencies and African Heads of State and Government,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to express my high appreciation for President Vladimir Putin and the friendly Russian people for their warm hospitality and interest in enhancing cooperation between Africa and Russia through launching Russia-Africa Economic Forum as a platform for investment and trade opportunities. This will enhance the mutual interdependence and communication among our peoples and contribute to the development of the African continent in accordance with Africa’s Agenda 2063 Vision. Additionally, this will help in exploring new horizons of cooperation that promotes mutual benefit in accordance with the principle of national ownership and enriches the approach of African partnership with the friendly countries, where experience has proved the positive feedback.

The aspirations of our peoples should lead us all to unite to realize their legitimate hopes and aspirations for peace, stability, economic progress and development. We also had to take advantage of the successful economic experiences, especially the Russian one which reflects the firm will and the ability to work and achieve accomplishment. In this context, we stress that it is important that the forum achieve results that contribute to enhancing the capacities, priorities and pilot projects of the African countries as our continent has been keen to put the topics of infrastructure development and the process of economic and regional integration on top of joint African action. We have given paramount importance to investment in human capital in Africa as the prerequisite for achieving sustainable development and the desired renaissance all over the continent. It is notable that the youth of our continent below 25 years make up about 65% of the population; thus, they represent an emerging force in the labor market in the future. Moreover, we exert ongoing efforts to empower the African women in supporting their role in advancing our development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Africa is poised for an important stage where big positive changes take place, opportunities of trade, investment and entrepreneurship increase, and industrialization and digitalization field and capacities develop, pushed by ambitious youth societies and governmental encouraging bold policies to achieve our peoples’ aspirations. In this context, I wish to reiterate to the attendees that we have made a lot of economic and political reforms, besides we have taken hectic and tangible steps for the economic integration process on the regional and continental levels. The last step was the enforcement of African Continental Free Trade Agreement during the African Union Summit in Niger in July 2019, raising the interest of international development partners. Within this framework, Africa welcomes openness to the world and cooperation with its partners to make a qualitative leap in the fields of capacity-building, knowledge transfer, modernization of the African industrialization system, development of the infrastructure and technology, and establishment of the rules of digital economy.

I wish to reiterate the call to all private sector institutions, Russian and international companies, and international finance corporations for cooperation and investment in Africa. Now is the best time for openness to the African countries. I don’t miss the chance to urge the international, continental and regional finance institutions to undertake their role in funding Africa’s development efforts and provide financial guarantees to develop potentials of the continent. This contributes to enhancing trade and investment, providing the best conditions and incentives for the African countries’ development programs and projects, and achieving the Africans’ aspirations for keeping pace with progress, modernization and sustainable development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before concluding my speech, I reiterate that cooperation with the African countries must be based on the principle of mutual interest and African ownership within a framework that targets supporting comprehensive and sustainable development in Africa through a set of pillars: accelerating economic transformation, improving business climate through genuine partnership with the private sector, establishing social justice and societal participation and supporting peace and stability in conformity with the Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

In conclusion, I stress that I am looking forward that this vital forum shall promote cooperation between Russia and Africa in all fields in the coming years.

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah Be Upon You."


President El-Sisi Meets Ethiopian Prime Minister

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met in Sochi with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed.

 

The meeting discussed the issue of the Renaissance Dam, in light of the latest developments in this regard. The Ethiopian Prime Minister confirmed that his recent remarks before the Ethiopian parliament concerning the Renaissance Dam were taken out of context and expressed his respect and appreciation for the leadership, people and government of Egypt. He clarified that his remarks expressed Ethiopia's commitment to constructing the dam without causing harm to the two downstream countries and that the government and people of Ethiopia have no intention to harm the interests of the Egyptian people.

 

He added that Egypt's and Ethiopia's stability is value and strength added to the entire continent, while emphasizing that he is committed to Ethiopia's announcement of adhering to negotiations that lead to a final agreement in his capacity as Prime Minister.

 

The President confirmed that Egypt has shown openness and understanding to Ethiopia's development interests to construct the Renaissance Dam, yet it retains its historic rights in the Nile water. Therefore, Ethiopia's endeavors for development shall not override these rights and that the construction of the dam must take place within a balanced framework between the interests of the upstream and downstream countries. The President explained that the Nile River, which stretches from the Ethiopian Plateau to Egypt, is a source for cooperation, brotherhood and development and should not be a source of problems or conflicts. He added that the area of joint cooperation in this regard must overshadow any differences.

 

They agreed during the meeting to immediately resume the work of the independent technical research committee in a more positive manner with the aim of reaching a final agreement on the rules of filling and operating the dam and overcoming any negative repercussions that resulted from media coverage of the statements attributed to the Ethiopian side.

 

El-Sisi’s Speech during Press Conference with Russia’s President




“President Vladimir Putin, President of Russia,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to thank you all, particularly H.E. President Vladimir Putin of Russia for hosting this summit and for the warm hospitality and kind reception we received. I would also like to express my appreciation for the huge efforts exerted for rendering this summit a success and the cooperative spirit shown by the African leaders and heads of delegations of the African Union's countries participating in the summit. This contributes to combining efforts of all participants to reach a final communiqué that reflects Africa-Russia common priorities and the vision of the two sides on many international issues, particularly peace, security, economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the vision of the African Union Development Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Russia-Africa Summit reflects the growing cooperation relations between the two sides and the political will of participating leaders to strengthen relations in all aspects, thus achieving our goals of peace, stability and sustainable development. The Russia-Africa Economic Forum, which was held yesterday October 23, has achieved tangible success for all parties thanks to the interactions among different economic actors, where an elite of African and Russian businessmen have participated. The forum focused on a number of issues of high priority for the African states, topped by the sectors of infrastructure, industry, agriculture, health, energy and applications of modern technology through the main three axes of the forum's discussions namely; efforts to develop economic ties, stimulate the establishment of joint projects and promote cooperation in human and social fields. The forum also launched a platform for direct dialogue between the public and private sectors, which adds another dimension to the Russia-Africa relations by encouraging the involvement of the Russian entrepreneurs in Africa in the continent’s high-priority sectors.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

The African and Russian sides, during the two sessions of the summit today, reviewed the points of view explicitly on several issues of mutual concern topped by the issues of cooperation in the political, security, economic, commercial, scientific, technical and human fields. The Heads of African states and governments and Russia have approved a final communiqué that underscores the principles on which the two sides agreed, topped by respecting international law norms and principles of the United Nations Charter and achieving peace and security through building a more equal and just system regulating international relations based on the principles of pluralism, respect for sovereignty, non-interference in the states’ internal affairs, and peaceful settlement of conflicts, as well as safeguarding of national identity and civilizational diversity. The final communiqué also supported the goals of Africa 2063 Development Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, a ministerial mechanism has been launched for following up the dialogue and partnership; we highly appreciate the outcomes and see that they establish a solid base for the development of African-Russian relations.

 

Out of our common responsibility, the African and Russian sides will continue coordination to follow up the implementation of the outcomes of this summit, thus achieving hopes and aspirations of the peoples of our African continent and Russia. This responsibility is placed on our shoulders so that we will build on our achievements and work together to enhance the outcomes of the first edition of the Russia-Africa Summit in order to better reflect the needs of our African continent and aspirations of our peoples inside and outside the continent, who follow up our summit, hoping that major achievements will be made and that younger generations can reap the fruits of its positive results.

 

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah Be Upon You.”




El-Sisi Leaves Russia’s Sochi

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi leaves Sochi, Russia, after co-chairing the first Russia-Africa Summit with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.


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