First Egypt-ICF International Cooperation Forum kicks off

Under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Ministry of International Cooperation has launched on Wednesday the first edition of the Egypt-ICF International Cooperation Forum.

The forum witnessed the participation of Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, alongside Ministers of International Cooperation, Health, Manpower, Local Development, Supply, Education, Planning, Environment, Information and Communications Technology, Transportation, Social Solidarity, Agriculture, Industry and Trade.

Egypt-ICF is bringing together high-level government representatives and policymakers from Africa, Europe, and Latin America, along with leaders of international and regional financial institutions and representatives from the private sector and the civil society.

Under the rubric Engaging for Impact, the forum aims to promote joint action with the aim of supporting the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to mobilise international efforts to address global challenges as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the first day’s four panels, the forum will discuss multilateralism and international cooperation post-pandemic, accelerating development cooperation towards the 2030 agenda, private sector engagement’s pivotal role in progress, and the challenges and opportunities witnessed by developing countries in the green transformation.

Later, there will be a dialogue with the private sector on inclusive partnerships. The forum’s activities will also involve six workshops, organised by the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation, along with a myriad of international institutions, on Thursday.

Among many of the topics during the workshops will be a discussion reviewing international experiences in the field of development cooperation, including exploring the Egyptian experience in mapping the Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the SDGs.

The Egypt-ICF will conclude its activities on Thursday with a closing panel titled “Investing in Human Capital”. The second day will witness the launch of the Cairo Communiqué to lay down a list of recommendations coming out from Egypt and the ICF, put together by the Ministry of International Cooperation and its development partners.

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