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The World Bank and the IMF reaffirm their support for Egypt in the chairmanship of the African Union and translate the vision of the President of the Republic to Africa to achieve sustainable economic growth of the continent.

“The Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration” at the end of the annual meetings of the African Union in the presence of 40 African countries, the Bank and the Fund call for additional support to the continent and confirms the open area for investors to invest in, thankfully.

Minister of Investment and International Cooperation has stated that “We have agreed to develop our legislative and executive mechanisms to create the right environment to encourage and attract private investment and create innovative tools for public-private partnership to finance infrastructure projects.”

Finance Minister confirmed that, “The meeting focused on discussing issues related to the overall growth of the African continent.”

The annual meetings of the African Union of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were concluded on Monday, 6 August 2018, which was held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, in support of the African continent’s issues in international financial institutions and forums, also organized by the Ministries of Investment, In cooperation with the Central Bank, under the patronage of Dr. Mustafa Madbouli, Prime Minister, Sharm el-Sheikh, in the presence of 40 countries from inside and outside the African continent.

Minister of Investment and International Cooperation — Dr. Saher Nasr, and Minister of Finance — Dr. Mohamed Maait, held a press conference in which he announced the Sharm El Sheikh Declaration in the presence of Dr. Hafez Ghanem — World Bank Vice President for Africa. And transforming Mr. President’s vision for Africa to achieve sustainable economic growth for the African continent.

“We take the opportunity to renew our appreciation for the supportive work of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group so far and look forward to additional appropriate support,” he said, noting that most African countries continue to implement reforms aimed at enhancing competitiveness and diversifying, also expanding the export base.

Agreement on the establishment of special economic zones, promotion of domestic and foreign direct investments and the provision of good tax incentives for investors.

“We welcome the new regional integration strategy of the World Bank Group and look forward to accelerating and expanding projects in the agriculture and energy sectors, which will enable industrialization and the competitive value chain of exports,” he added.

“Recognizing that the African continent has one of the highest ratios of PPP projects to GDP, consistent with the desire to diversify sources of infrastructure financing, while ensuring efficient service delivery, we appreciate the tools available to assess the financial risks of partnership projects between the public and private sectors.” He stated.

The Declaration emphasized the strengthening of coordination between the World Bank Group and African governments to maximize the use of financing for development, giving priority to financing projects with significant developmental and social impact that contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

The African governors agreed with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that the digital transformation had recently emerged as an effective tool to enhance access to finance, including financing for women’s and small, medium-sized enterprises.

“Several African countries are leaders in business success stories, Which led to a significant impact on poverty reduction and achievement of development goals,” announced the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration to increase the representation of African staff in the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Sahar Nasr — Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, affirmed the honor and honor of the leadership, government and people of Egypt to host and preside over the annual meeting of the African Union of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“Our discussions with our African ministers have been of the same importance and our visions have agreed on the importance of redoubling efforts to address these challenges and what the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund can do to support us in supporting the development aspirations of our people’s for sustainable economic development, I am honored to announce that the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration of this meeting was ambitious and balanced, reflecting the challenges facing us. The most important of which is the development of mechanisms for access to finance, the payment and diversification of our exports, the empowerment of the private sector and the increasing role of African and developing countries in the financial system.” She announced.

“I would like to point out more specifically that a majority, if not all, of our African countries are implementing economic reforms and ambitious economic development plans. The African ministers agreed that these plans should diversify our economic bases and increase our integration into the global economy, And develop our legislative and executive mechanisms to create the right environment to encourage and attract private investment as the main player in economic development, and create innovative tools for public-private partnership to finance infrastructure projects, as well as financial inclusion and promotion of the project. The African Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will be presented at the next annual meetings in Bali in late October, which will reflect in more detail in the African economy. All the issues I have just mentioned, so that the two institutions can support the continent.” Dr Sahar Nasr added.

The World Bank and the IMF reaffirm their support for Egypt in the chairmanship of the African Union and translate the vision of the President of the Republic to Africa to achieve sustainable economic growth of the continent.

The Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration at the end of the annual meetings of the African Union in the presence of 40 African countries, the Bank and the Fund call for additional support to the continent and confirms the open area for investors to invest in.

The governors of African countries agreed at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to work to remove obstacles to the private sector in injecting investments, committing to policies conducive to a supportive environment for inclusive and sustainable economic growth, adjusting legal frameworks and adopting simplified investment promotion measures.

Dr. Hafez Ghanem — Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, said that the Bank supports the African continent to achieve development and poverty eradication, pointing out that Africa has great capabilities, especially that 70% of the continent of Africa is less than 30 years old.

He explained that Egypt is one of the most countries that has carried out economic reforms over the past years, and thanked the Egyptian government for organizing this conference.

What an amazing conference and we look forward to an amazing future.

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Pyramids Marathon: A Race through Egypt’s ancient history

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Thousands of runners are now getting ready for the Pyramids Marathon, an iconic event that invited runners from around the world to participate in the race held in Egypt’s greatest landmark, the Pyramids.

Participants range from all ages and nationalities, to complete the course of 10K, 21K or the 42K!

The Pyramids Marathon is organized by the TriFactory, an Egyptian sports management company, that specializes in mass participation sports events just like this one.

Good news is, for those who missed the chance of participating and want to witness the event, a live tracking system is available on their website. So make sure to follow your friends and family complete this run through Egypt’s ancient history!

https://www.pyramidsmarathon.com/livetracking?fbclid=IwAR0o1vUFOqGIePeG49FOkn1syCr4QAPQJ35WpKYYSqlClWETjt_wZ_l3amg

Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat is of course apparent in the picture and is taking part of the race; she explains how this event will help in maintaining a good image for our nation on a global scale.

We can’t wait to see the results of this race, and the participants’ feelings about taking part of such an incredible event.

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Crowds brave snow to see UK royals Meghan and Harry

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BRISTOL, England – 1 February 2019: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan thanked crowds of well-wishers for braving wintry conditions to welcome them on a trip to southwest England on Friday.

“I hope everyone gets a nice cup of tea after this,” Meghan said as she and her husband chatted to those who had waited in the cold to see them as snow fell.

Harry and Meghan, a former actress who is expecting their first child this Spring, were in Bristol where they visited the city’s Old Vic, built in 1766 and the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world.

Later, they were due to visit Empire Fighting Chance, a charity which seeks to use boxing to try to help young people, who are failing at school or at risk of drifting into unemployment or crime, turn their lives around

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Establishing Russian Industrial Zone in Egypt comes into force

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CAIRO – 1 February 2019: President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi issued decree No. 420 of 2018 approving an agreement between the governments of Egypt and Russia concerning the establishment and operation of the Russian Industrial Zone in the Suez Canal Economic Zone in Egypt, which was signed in Moscow on May 23, 2018.

The decree was published in the official gazette Al-Waqa’i’ al-Misriyya on Jan. 23, 2019. As per the Egyptian constitution, any presidential decree shall be published in the official gazette to come into force.

Since February 2015, Egypt and Russia have been negotiating $7 billion worth of Russian investments in the Russian Industrial Zone (RIZ) project in the East Port Said region.

RIZ would be established on an area of 5.25 million square meters and will be built over three phases, according to a statement issued by the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

The project will be conducted on three phases, the first phase involves 1 million square meters, will be carried out by a Russian developer who will also work on attracting Russian investors and companies throughout 2018 and 2019. This phase will create 7,300 jobs in the construction field.

The second phase will develop 1.6 million square meters and will be finished by 2022, creating 10,000 jobs, while the third phase will develop 2.65 million square meters and generate 17,000 jobs.

The three phases are expected to be finished by 2031, when Russian companies will start operations, providing some 35,000 direct and indirect jobs, the statement said.

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