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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received on May 20, 2019, the African Union Commission delegation in charge of evaluating the offers of hosting the headquarters of the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), led by the Advisor to the Chairperson of the AU Commission on integration, as part of the delegation's visit to Egypt in order to assess the Egyptian offer to host the AfCFTA Secretariat.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Counselor Ahmed Hafez, stated that the meeting comes in light of Egypt's keenness to promote joint African action among African brethren, as Minister Shoukry affirmed that Egypt attaches a high priority to hosting the Secretariat's headquarters, taking into account that the AfCFTA is considered one of the main facets of the African integration project, as well as its importance in promoting trade exchange between the countries of the continent, which is one of the top priorities of the African Development Agenda 2063. In this regard, he added that Egypt will harness all its capacities and human resources for the success of the Secretariat’s work.
Shoukry also noted that Egypt is one of the first countries to accede to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and ratified it in March 2019, while expressing Egypt’s welcoming of the completion of the quorum necessary for the entry into force of the Agreement.
Finally, the delegation expressed the importance of joint African action to promote the continent and realize the aspirations of its peoples in the field of development, and stressed the need to enhance cooperation in economic fields and launch regional economic projects.