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Egypt trains 600 doctors in new cooperation with Africa

By Abosede Musari, Abuja   |   04 August 2015   |   6:02 am  

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THE North African country, Egypt, yesterday said it is forging new cooperation with the rest of Africa in the health, infrastructure and economic sectors, even as it is currently on a plan to train 600 medical doctors and nurses from all parts of Africa, Nigeria included.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs for Egypt, Sammeh Shoukry, who spoke at a meeting with Diplomatic Correspondents from 13 African countries in Cairo, noted that Egypt has the political will to forge better cooperation with the rest of Africa. He noted that it is sad, the many years of disconnect, but was glad to announce that his country is back with Africa.

Shoukry explained that Egypt never really left Africa, recounting its role in ensuring the independence of Africa from colonialism in the 1960s, right to the formation of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU).

According to him, the need to forge economic ties with Europe and the assassination attempt on Egypt’s president’s life in Addis Ababa may have been responsible for the loll years.

However, with the renewed interest to cooperate with Africa, Shoukry said: “It’s better to cooperate at the regional African level than engage with much more developed economies that do not transmit the necessary technology which comes at a political price”.

He urged Africa to promote integration policies that will help the continent grow, developing Africa with internal ideas that will help solve the continent’s problems of poverty, terrorism and illegal migration across the Mediterranean.

He noted that Egypt could complete the New Suez Canal in record one year means that Africa can achieve its own dreams, and should boost Africa’s confidence on its capabilities, and what it can achieve with better cooperation.

At an earlier conference with journalists, Secretary General of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD), Ambassador Hazem Fahmy, said: “The future is with Africa, and there is no future without Africa”. He noted that Egypt’s effort for cooperation is to share experience with African brothers and sisters; and without any condition.

The EAPD, formed in 2014, is an agency with which Egypt is forging cooperation with other African countries; and Fahmy said 12 Nigerian doctors were among those trained this year.



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