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Excellency Mr. Yu, Myung-Hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea
Distinguished Ministers, Chairperson of the AU Commission and dear Guests
I would like to thank the government of the Republic of Korea for hosting the second Korea Africa Forum. This forum will rightly focus on two major challenges facing Africa, i.e. eradicating poverty and achieving Green Growth.
The recent financial crisis had an extreme negative effect on the vulnerable communities including many African States.
As a result, efforts to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic growth in many African countries have been hindered.
In addition, more worrying issues were added recently to the agenda of the international community like food insecurity.
International and regional gatherings such as the forum you are hosting today, strengthens our hopes and believes, that Africa will stand up for the challenges it faces, and eradicate poverty through sustainable development and sound economies capable of gaining the full advantages through improved market access and increased flows of foreign investment.
In that regard, Africa welcomes any support from friendly countries in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in particular in fields of agriculture and rural development, empowerment of its human resources through education, training and health care.
The negative effects of climate change added more fears related to the development of our continent. We wish to emphasize the necessity of a coordinated global effort by the developed countries to implement the existing legal commitments and comply with its financial and transfer of technology obligations for adaptation and mitigation actions, thus enabling the African continent to achieve the goal of green growth.
We are looking for a strong and serious committemnt from the developed countries for medium and long term emission reduction.
I wish to assure you Egypt's willingness to implement any trilateral cooperation in the African continent through its Technical Fund for Cooperation with Africa. This fund has a valuable accumulated experience through its extended activities in the African continent.
The implementation of the declaration adopted in 2006 by the first Korea/Africa Forum has proved the interest of Korea to deepen its cooperation with the African countries in many fields which include inter alia; public health, infrastructure, education, agricultural productivity, e-government projects and trade capacity, …etc. The four projects already implemented in Egypt (improvement of the auto maintenance vocational training centers in Alexandria, Imbaba and Luxor mechanical industry secondary school, and the development of the information center of the Supreme Council for Antiquities) with the assistance of Korea, reflects the strength of our technological cooperation for the advancement of Egypt as an African partner to Korea in the 21st century.
I am sure, Mr. Chairman, that the declaration, the framework in Korea Africa Development Cooperation 2009-2012 as well as Korea Africa Green Growth Initiative 2009-2012 to be adopted during the present Korea/Africa Forum will enhance the existing relations between your country and our continent. More fields of cooperation will be added in order to achieve a well balanced sustainable development of Africa, which will also have its positive impact to face new world challenges.
Finally, Mr. Chairman, Egypt stands committed to achieve the goals of this forum.