Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Aboul Gheit held contacts with COMESA Secretary-General

Source: Press Office - Minister's Cabinet
Published at: 26/02/2009

Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit received COMESA Secretary-General, Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, on February 26th, 2009. Mr. Ngwenya participates at 2nd COMESA Investment Conference, organized by the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA) on 25-26 February 2009 in Cairo, stated the Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

The Spokesman added that consultations included assessment of peace and security situations at the COMESA member states; in particular Sudan. The consultations reviewed the Egyptian efforts in Southern Sudan and Darfur, especially Egypt's participation at the peacekeeping forces in Darfur and Southern Sudan, in addition to the power stations projects implemented by Egypt in four cities in southern Sudan. Moreover, a power station was recently inaugurated in "Waw" city, as well as the projects of the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa in the fields of education, professional habilitation and health. It was agreed to make benefit from the Fund's expertise in the field of establishing professional and technical training workshops, as well as medical centers in order to support COMESA technical assistance programs in Southern Sudan.

The Spokesman outlined that COMESA Secretary-General presented a full report to the Foreign Minister on the conclusions of the 2nd COMESA Investment Conference. More then 300 representatives of the Egyptian private sector attended the Conference. The Conference succeeded in providing information, and the appropriate atmosphere to encourage guiding the Egyptian investments towards COMESA member states, as well as supporting trade between member states within programs of COMESA to develop economic and commercial cooperation between the 20 member states.

The Spokesman highlighted that the Foreign Minister discussed with Mr. Ngwenya the preparations of holding the upcoming COMESA Summit in Zimbabwe, as it is scheduled to be held during the next few months and prior to the AU Summit expected to be held in Madagascar during the last week of June 2009.