Africa

The 56th Anniversary of the African Union at the Embassy of Egypt

Egypt supports economic development in Africa, but it cannot be achieved without peace and security

June 04th, 2019
Margareta Calugher, News from Berlin
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On Wednesday, May 29, the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin celebrated Africa Day.

This day commemorates the foundation of the Organization of African Unity on 25th of May 1963, organization that has changed its name as the African Union on 25 May 2001. It was created with the aim to fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as to cope with the common challenges of the African continent in the global environment.

Since January 2019, Egypt holds the current chair of the African Union. The Egyptian Ambassador in Berlin, Badr Abdel Ati underlined that Egypt strives to realize economic development in Africa and stressed that development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

During the event, the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E Amani Abou Zeid, gave a speech about the importance of infrastructure in African free trade and trade exchange among African countries. Zeid also mentioned the AU’s initiative to unify the African aviation market in order to boost tourism and trade exchange. 

Moreover, H.E Amani Abou Zeid praised Germany's and European Union’s support for the AU programs for developing renewable energy resources and upgrading the infrastructure, especially now with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) coming into effect in June 2020. 

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