UNGA: Egypt made great contributions to Africa in 2019
Wednesday، 12 February 2020 - 10:46 AM
President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Tijani Mohamed Pandey hailed the great contributions Egypt made during its chairmanship of the African Union (AU) for 2019.
Interviewed by Al Ahram Editor in Chief Alaa Thabet on the sidelines the 33rd African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Pandey said that Egypt exerted significant efforts during its presidency of the pan-African body, notably its success in activating the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
He went on to say that Cairo succeeded in drawing African states' attention to the importance of infrastructure projects and countering terrorism as a key step towards development.
Pandey noted that Cairo managed to break the deadlock in a number of African issues.
Asked about the fight against terrorism, the UN official said the African summit in Addis Ababa called for boosting coordination among African states to combat terrorism, given the clear overlap between the issues of climate change, immigration, and conflicts, as well as human rights.
He pointed out that the UNGA's priorities during the current session are centered on attaining sustainable development, peace and security, in addition to climate change and good education.