Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed Egypt’s readiness, through its position as the chairman of the African Union, to provide the necessary expertise to the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). This came as he received on Wednesday in Cairo Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary-General of OIF.
Sisi affirmed his keenness to strengthen cooperation with the OIF to meet the aspirations of the peoples of the developing countries, according to Egypt’s presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi.
He welcomed tripartite cooperation to support the African countries in various fields, especially youth, women, entrepreneurship and combating extremism — the president congratulated Mushikiwabo for her assumption of the secretary general of the OIF post since January this year, according to Radi.
During the meeting, Mushikiwabo expressed thanks to Egypt for its historic support for the OIF, affirming the importance and centrality of the Egyptian role at the regional level, and within the organization.
The meeting reviewed cooperation history between Egypt and the OIF, Radi stated, adding that Mushikiwabo thanked the support provided by Egypt to the University of Sangour, which was established in 1989 in Alexandria.
She noted that the University represents one of the most prominent educational and cultural organizations, stressing the OIF’s keenness to develop the university to become a center for scientific innovation.
The meeting also highlighted the importance of continuing the OIF’s role in assisting its member states who experience crises, and also underscored Egypt’s readiness to provide assistance in order to help these countries overcome the challenges they face in light of Egypt’s role in the African continent.
Further, Sisi met with New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) chief Ibrahim Mayaki.
Egypt is keen on safeguarding the success of NEPAD, which carries out distinguished efforts for the development of the continent and confront its problems, mainly poverty and low development rates, Radi stated.
Mayaki praised Egypt’s active and leading role in formulating social and economic development programs and asserted NEPAD’s keenness on constant consultation and coordination with Cairo to transfer its large expertise to contribute to programs and projects aiming at realizing the sustainable development targets for Africa.
The two sides agreed to intensify cooperation to support NEPAD’s initiatives to promote economic integration and regional merger in Africa particularly as regards developing infrastructure projects of continental dimension, he added.