Egypt to push in­tra-African in­clu­sive part­ner­ship at Africa 2018 Fo­rum

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Egypt plans to hold its an­nual in­ter­na­tional meet­ing in Sharm El-Sheikh with African and global po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­er­ships to push for a new in­tra-African com­pre­hen­sive part­ner­ship.

Un­der the aus­pices of Pres­i­den­tAb­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi, the Africa Fo­rum will kick off between 7 and 9 De­cem­ber.

This year’s edi­tion will serve as an in­te­gral plat­form for un­lock­ing Africa’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and trans­for­ma­tion.

Ple­nary dis­cus­sions at the fo­rum will ex­plore Africa’s emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to tap into new pools of cap­i­tals, es­pe­cially in ar­eas of in­fra­struc­ture, fi­nan­cial, en­tre­pre­neur­ial, en­ergy, trade, and ICT, as well as emerg­ing projects.

Or­gan­ised by the Egyp­tian min­istry of in­vest­ment and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion,and the COMESA Re­gional In­vest­ment Agency (RIA), the fo­rum has so far at­tracted over 3,000 reg­is­tered del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of dis­ci­plines across Africa and the globe, in­clud­ing young en­trepreneurs.

Un­der the rubric “Bold Lead­er­ship and Col­lec­tive Com­mit­ment: En­hanc­ing African En­vi­ron­men­tal In­vest­ments,” the fo­rum’s ses­sions will cover var­i­ous press­ing top­ics, namely dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, in­no­va­tion for a bet­ter world, ac­cess to fair com­pe­ti­tion, in­vest­ment se­cu­rity in COMESA, and build­ing sus­tain­able busi­ness mod­els to pro­mote in­vest­ments.

It will pro­vide un­par­al­leled op­por­tu­ni­ties for the world’s most in­flu­en­tial eco­nomic play­ers, en­trepreneurs, and in­no­va­tors with the Egyp­tian govern­ment mak­ing strides as a gate­way for in­vest­ment in the African con­ti­nent.

The Africa 2018 Fo­rum will also of­fer a panel to fea­ture the voice of the pri­vate sec­tor dis­cussing how to bal­ance the eco­nomic im­per­a­tives of gov­er­nance with the po­lit­i­cal and na­tional di­a­logue within a global frame­work, and how they see Africa’s pri­or­i­ties for the next decade.

Tak­ing over the chair of the African Union in 2019, Egypt will in­ten­sify ef­forts to en­sure the re­al­i­sa­tion of the con­ti­nent’s re­form plan for the year 2063. Egypt is keen on achiev­ing ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion between African coun­tries to achieve com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment

The fo­rum’s agenda for this year in­cludes “Young En­trepreneurs Day” (YED) which pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form to sup­port en­trepreneurs, as well as their in­no­va­tive ideas, that can cre­ate un­con­ven­tional so­lu­tions for African coun­tries’ cri­sis.

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