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The heads and officials of international and regional development institutions and organizations and a number of ambassadors of countries in Cairo praised the efforts made by the Egyptian government to face the repercussions of the outbreak of the new Corona virus, and they also praised the Ministry of International Cooperation’s vision to list international partnerships in line with the sustainable development goals so that these goals are not neglected, with countries focusing on Confronting the virus, according to a statement of the Ministry of International Cooperation.
This came after the participation of the heads and officials of those institutions and ambassadors of countries in the meeting chaired by Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation via video conference.
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said that the Egyptian government is protecting citizens from the spread of the Corona virus, and providing financial support for families and liquidity for companies to provide for their urgent needs, and the government is working diligently to accelerate the pace of structural reforms to achieve progress during the crisis of Krona and beyond.
She added that the cooperation between Egypt and its development partners during the last period had the greatest impact in supporting the Egyptian economy, noting that the vision of the Ministry of International Cooperation aims to strengthen the multi-lateral partnership of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with development partners, governments, economic policy makers, the private sector and civil society to achieve an agenda National development 2030, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Minister stressed that achieving the sustainable development goals is a priority at the level of all sectors, noting that the partnership strategy with international institutions aims to highlight success stories between Egypt and its development partners in various development projects, and the ministry aims to have future cooperation with Egypt’s development partners Based on the implementation of integrated and sustainable development projects.
Richard Diks, the United Nations Resident Representative in Egypt, commended the new Ministry of International Cooperation strategy in partnership with development partners, stressing that the United Nations affirms its strong commitment to partnering with the Egyptian government in its efforts to combat the spread of the emerging corona disease and in achieving sustainable development goals.
Marina Weiss, Director of the World Bank office in Egypt, thanked Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, for bringing together development partners and demonstrating vision and leadership at critical times in cooperation with development partners, noting that the World Bank stands ready to support Egypt in its efforts to face emergencies Urgent health and mitigation of the socio-economic impacts of the Covid 19 epidemic, especially for the most vulnerable.
“These critical times threaten the private sector in Egypt, which is the main driver of economic growth and job creation,” said Walid Labadi, Director of IFC in Egypt. The Corona Virus (Covid-19) crisis has put both companies, jobs, people’s lives and livelihoods into Danger.
He added, “The International Finance Corporation works with its clients and development partners in Egypt to mitigate the obvious economic impacts resulting from the Corona virus crisis, and to help companies continue their operations and maintain their employees.”
Malin Bloomberg, Resident Representative of the African Development Bank, said that Egypt continues in its perseverance efforts and quick and steady steps in facing the catastrophe that has swept the world, noting that the priority that the Egyptian leadership has attached to communication and coordination with partners is more than ever.
She added that Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat’s communication with development partners is an important step that helps the African Development Bank to maximize its contribution to meet the needs of Egypt, whether they are urgent or long-term needs. The African Development Bank has issued a $ 3 billion bond to support efforts to combat the spread of Corona virus emerging in the member states of the bank, including Egypt, and enhancing communication between stakeholders at the level of government, the private sector and civil society will provide co-ownership, thereby raising the sustainability of social services and infrastructure, to benefit everyone.
Dr. Hayek Hargart, Director of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, said that the bank is working at a rapid pace across Egypt to provide a global solidarity package of one billion dollars for companies and banks that suffer from the consequences of the Corona epidemic, noting that the bank is working with an understanding Working capital needs and support as well as financing trade operations, as well as the ability to schedule outstanding debts.
Alfredo Abad, the regional representative and director of the European Investment Bank office in Cairo, praised the strategy of the new Ministry of International Cooperation, stressing the bank’s support for this strategy and its willingness to support Egypt in combating the spread of the new Corona virus.
Sherry Carlin, Director of the United States Agency for International Development in Cairo, stressed that the US Agency for Development has been working with the Egyptian government for more than 40 years not only in the health sector but also on empowering youth and women and in the field of education, noting that the US Agency for Development is committed to continuing to support Egypt, Especially in light of the exceptional circumstance that the world is currently going through, which is fighting the spread of the new Corona virus.
In turn, Dr. Dina Saleh, Director of the sub-regional office of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations in Egypt and the Middle East region, praised the strategy of the new Ministry of International Cooperation, noting that the Ministry of International Cooperation plays a pivotal and important role in bringing together all development partners, especially those working in IFAD projects, to meet the needs of the agricultural sector, to protect producers from small farmers from any vibrations that may result from the effects of the emerging Corona virus, which may affect food security, stressing that the International Fund for Agricultural Development is ready to provide all support to the Confidentiality to ensure that reduce the negative impact of the virus Corona on the agricultural sector.
Ambassador Masaki Noki, the Japanese ambassador to Cairo, said that the government of Japan has worked to support the Egyptian people in a number of development projects in many fields, including education, culture, tourism and archeology, most notably the huge project of the Grand Egyptian Museum and Egyptian-Japanese schools, praising the strategy of the new Ministry of International Cooperation that strengthens The need for the citizen to know the development projects in which development partners contribute, and to link it with the sustainable development goals.
Ambassador Yoon Yu Chul, South Korean ambassador to Cairo, said that Korea has been working with Egypt for many years in the field of development cooperation, and the Korean government has funded a number of development projects, the most important of which is the Korean-Egyptian College of Technology in Beni Suef, which is graduating batches of skilled Egyptian workers for Samsung and L factories. I also financed a number of other infrastructure projects, such as the project to develop railway signaling systems for the Hammadi Luxor Nagy Line.
He revealed that the Korean government is also studying a set of funds for new projects in the field of seawater desalination and solid waste management, praising the precautionary measures taken by the Egyptian government in combating the spread of Corona virus, expressing his country’s readiness to cooperate with Egypt in combating the spread of this emerging virus. With the new Ministry of International Cooperation strategy for cooperation with development partners.
Corin Henshos, Director of the International Cooperation Office at the Swiss Embassy in Cairo, praised the strategy of the new Ministry of International Cooperation and the efforts made by the ministry to partner with all development partners, as well as the efforts made by the Egyptian government to combat the spread of the new Corona virus, stressing Switzerland’s readiness to support Egypt in combating the spread of the virus the new.