Ministry of International Cooperation: Effective partnerships and multilateral cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals

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Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said that the United Nations goals for sustainable development can only be achieved through development partnerships, multilateral cooperation and partnerships at global, regional and national levels, based on principles, values, vision and common goals, which aim to improve human lives, explaining that the Arab Republic of Egypt Committed to cooperation and integration with development partners, to accelerate progress towards the sustainable development goals, and to build a resilient and sustainable future

The Ministry of International Cooperation stated in a statement today that during 2020, in its capacity as the National Coordinator for the Strategic Framework for Partnership with the United Nations, and Co-Chair with the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt, it held the periodic meeting of the Steering Committee of the Strategic Framework for Partnership with the United Nations, with participants from all government agencies and nations. The United Nations and its affiliated agencies, the four working groups to chart the new course of cooperation during 2020-2021.

During the meeting, it was agreed upon the goals of the framework for developing the partnership during the year 2021/2020, by providing an estimated budget of $ 80 million for economic development, $ 346 million for social justice, $ 58 million for environmental sustainability, and $ 48 million for the empowerment of women.

The Strategic Framework for Partnership with the United Nations, launched in 2006 with the Ministry of International Cooperation, is the framework for UN cooperation with the Egyptian government; This framework seeks to support efforts towards achieving development goals, taking into account Egypt’s progress and drawing on previous lessons. The strategic framework for partnership with the United Nations 2018-2022 has been formulated in coordination with the Egyptian government, in line with the framework with national development priorities and Egypt’s vision. 2030 as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and it is based on four pillars: 1 / comprehensive economic development, 2 / social justice, 3 / environmental sustainability and natural resource management and 4 / empowerment of women.

During the past year also, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, held several meetings with European Union officials, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss aspects of joint cooperation in all fields and future cooperation projects, as the ministries of international cooperation and foreign affairs sought through joint coordination to negotiate an agreement. A new framework for cooperation with the European Union for the period 2021-2027.

The strategic relationship between Egypt and the European Union extends, since 1977, to include many vital sectors, which contribute positively to economic development. The ongoing cooperation portfolio between the two sides currently stands at $ 1.6 billion; During 2020, the European Union supported the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to combat COVID-19 by reallocating $ 106.5 million within the framework of the second program to support health sector policy.
In addition, the European Union has contributed to the restoration of Shali Castle in Siwa Oasis to stimulate the influx of visitors attracted by its cultural heritage and local culture, and the restored castle was inaugurated in November 2020.

Within the framework of the “Cross-border Cooperation Program for the Mediterranean Region; Thirteen projects for 8 Egyptian institutions won grants of $ 8.4 million in various sectors during 2020, including social integration, technology transfer, support for start-ups, environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The statement stated that the Minister of International Cooperation and the Italian Ambassador in Cairo, Giampaolo Cantini, chaired the meeting of the Committee of the Administration of the Egyptian-Italian Debt Swap for Development Program to review the third phase of the program, and to start discussions of the fourth phase of the debt swap program to reduce the burden of external debt and provide adequate funding for development projects.

The value of the cooperation portfolio between Egypt and Italy within the framework of the debt swap program is $ 350 million, of which $ 149.9 million is for the first phase, $ 100 million for the second phase, through which about 88 projects have been financed, and the same for the third phase.
He pointed out that the Ministry of International Cooperation and the United States of America, through the United States Agency for International Development, had begun discussions on expanding the economic cooperation strategy between Egypt and the United States over the next five years (2021-2025).

The new strategic framework mainly targets economic and social development by supporting structural reforms in various development sectors and supporting institutional development of ministries and government agencies, as well as contributing to improving the quality of basic education, improving health care services and implementing infrastructure projects, in priority sectors, in addition to cooperation. In the field of women’s economic empowerment under the umbrella of the “catalyst for bridging the gender gap.”

According to the statement, the activities of the Egyptian-Iraqi Joint High Committee were held in Baghdad for the first time in 30 years, headed by Prime Minister Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, and Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, chaired the meetings at the ministerial level to prepare for the Higher Committee. A number of events were organized within the framework of developing economic, trade and investment relations between the two countries.

Fifteen agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed in areas such as strategic development, investment, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, environment, health, customer rights, legal systems, and industrial production.

Also during 2020, the Ministry of International Cooperation started strategic discussions on a framework for cooperation with bilateral and multilateral partners to define future action plans. Including the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, the African Development Bank, Germany and Japan, the Ministry seeks to continue negotiations within the framework of strengthening effective development cooperation relations to support the national development agenda.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of International Cooperation launched the annual report, on December 22, 2020, under the title “International partnerships for achieving sustainable development … shaping the future in a changing world,” as it revealed the conclusion of development financing agreements worth $ 9.8 billion last year, by 6.7 One billion dollars to finance the state’s development sectors, and 3.1 billion dollars to finance the private sector.

The article The Ministry of International Cooperation: Effective Partnerships and Multilateral Cooperation to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals It was written in Al-Borsa newspaper.