Sisi announces formation of New Agency for Africa’s Development

Egypt’s newly-elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Thursday the formation of the Egyptian Agency for Partnership towards Africa’s Development, effective as of July 1st, 2014.

The new agency aims to train African cadres and support any upcoming initiatives seeking to implement leading development projects in the continent.

In his opening remarks at the 23rd Ordinary African Union Summit started today in Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo, Sisi said Egypt is forming this agency like it did before when it formerly launched the Egyptian Fund for Development in Africa.

The 23rd African Union Summit takes place under the title of “Agriculture and Food Security”.

The summit is Egypt’s first after the African Union’s Peace and Security Council decided to unfreeze Egypt’s AU membership last month.

The decision came almost a year after Egypt was suspended from the 54-nation bloc in the wake of the removal of Muslim Brotherhood-led Mohamed Morsi, with the Peace and Security Council citing the need to restore “constitutional order”.