18 December 2018 07:03 PM

FM heads to Tokyo to participate in TICAD ministerial meeting

Wednesday، 03 October 2018 - 02:43 PM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head to Tokyo on October 3rd on a bilateral visit to discuss joint cooperation and regional issues of common interest, and to take part in the ministerial meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) scheduled on October 6-7 in order to promote cooperation between Japan and Africa and to support the continent's comprehensive development efforts.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez stated that Shoukry’s visit to the Japanese capital Tokyo reflects the deep-rooted historical relations between the two countries, which date back to the 19th century, as well as the keenness of the political leadership in both countries to develop their relations in all fields. In this context, he noted the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Cairo in January 2015, followed by the visit of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Japan in February-March 2016.

Hafez added that the bilateral cooperation between the two countries covers many fields, especially the electricity and infrastructure projects such as the Deirout Aqueduct, the expansion of Borg Al Arab International Airport and the rehabilitation of power stations, in addition to cooperation in the field of education through the launch of the Egypt-Japan Education Partnership - EJEP in March 2016, the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, as well as Japanese support for the project of the Grand Egyptian Museum. Egypt-Japan cooperation also includes the construction project of the metro fourth line, the establishment of the annex building of Abu El Reish Hospital, and the tripartite cooperation between JICA and the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the field of cadres’ formation and expertise transfer to our African brothers.

Furthermore, Hafez pointed out the two countries' eagerness to promote their economic and trade cooperation so as to be in line with their high-level political ties, explaining that the trade exchange volume between Egypt and Japan reached about USD1.8 billion in 2017, in addition to 50 Japanese companies operating in Egypt. Cooperation between the two sides also encompasses the formation of the Japan-Egypt Parliamentary Friendship Association, as the visit held by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal, and his accompanying parliamentary delegation to Japan in May 2017, was aimed at developing cooperation and parliamentary exchanges.

 During his visit to Japan, the Foreign Minister is expected to hold intensive meetings, including a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, the Egypt-Japan strategic dialogue, co-presided with the Japanese Foreign Minister, to be followed by a press conference, as well as meetings with members of the Japan-Egypt Business Council, the head of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and members of the Japan-Egypt Parliamentary Friendship Association.

Shoukry is also scheduled to take part in the ministerial meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), with the participation of African Foreign Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, and Regional Economic Communities, besides a number of African regional organizations, as well as the organs of the African Union, and representatives of Asian States, especially China and India, as well as certain EU countries, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The TICAD meeting will include several sessions, mainly tackling the demographic challenges and their impact on the economy, trade and investment trends, and the implications of establishing the Continental Free Trade Area on such trends, in addition to the fiscal deficit and the importance of enhancing regional integration and continental projects. A debate will also take place on economic transformation for comprehensive growth, ways to develop the private sector and SMEs, as well as holding several side events on African clean cities, science, technology and innovation.

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