Mubarak tables important issues in African Development conference in France
Egypt-Regional, Economics, 2/2/2002
"The February 8 conference in Paris, to be attended by President Mubarak with participation of 13 African heads of state, will mainly centre on the New Initiative on Partnership for African Development (NIPAD)," said ambassador Sami Yassin, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs.
In statements, Yassin said that President Mubarak will have important interventions in the conference in his capacity as President of Egypt, one of five countries founders of the NIPAD initiative along with Algeria, South Africa, Senegal and Nigeria.
"Egypt has a key file it is assigned to follow up within the framework of the NIPAD, that is the agricultural file and the means to market African agricultural produce as well as to upgrade Africa's capability to have access to African and foreign markets," he said.
"The gathering is a session of consultations among the African presidents and French President Chirac as well as Canada, the chair of Industrialized G-8 countries, on means to finance NIPAD and activate its steps," he added.
Yassin pointed out that Egypt is advanced in the field of informatics, which serves export to Africa and the world.
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