Rania Al-Mashat: Egypt Takes Consecutive and Consistent Steps to Implement Sustainable Development Goals

The percentage of development funding during 2021 was $ 8.7 billion for the agriculture, irrigation, food security, transportation, transportation, energy and budget support sectors.

149 $ 5.5 billion human capital investment projects for education, scientific research, entrepreneurship, small businesses, health and social protection

The Ministry of International Cooperation’s portfolio includes 67 youth-related projects, totaling $ 3.9 billion in various sectors of the country

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, confirmed that during the era of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt has taken consecutive and consistent steps to implement the seventeen sustainable development goals, through our National Vision 2030, under whose umbrella many sectoral strategies that improve the implementation of these goals.It always keeps the citizen in mind, especially the National Human Rights Strategy, launched last year by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, which reflects the principles of the constitution in a clear vision to uphold the dignity of the Egyptian citizen and consolidate the principles of equality and justice, in addition to the national strategy for the empowerment of women, and plans to empower the youth and take into account the rights of the Egyptian children, as well as plans and strategies aimed at development in all sectors.

This happened during a meeting of the Minister of International Cooperation with the Human Rights Committee today in the House of Representatives, chaired by Representative Tariq Radwan, and in the presence of Representative Mohamed Abdel Aziz, the Committee’s Deputy, and members of the Human Rights Committee. .

Al-Mashat stressed that international institutions have seen the boom that has been achieved over the past seven years at the level of all development axes in Egypt, as projects have been implemented in various sectors of the state that have not materialized over the decades, and these projects have resulted in the presidential initiative for the integrated development of the Egyptian countryside “Hayat” Karima, aimed at making a qualitative change in the lives of more than half of the population of the Arab Republic of Egypt, living in 4,500 villages.

The Minister of International Cooperation reviewed the Ministry’s role and tasks in the development of economic cooperation relations with multilateral and bilateral development partners, in accordance with Republican Resolution No. 303 of 2004, which comes within the framework of the State’s Vision 2030 and the Egyptian Government’s program “Egypt is going,” and explains that the ministry has summarized the tasks. It implements three principles of economic diplomacy: the platform for joint coordination, matching development finance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and documenting Egypt’s development stories.

Al-Mashat also reviewed the interactive meetings held by the Ministry of International Cooperation, which include multilateral and bilateral development partners, and relevant authorities, to discuss future priorities at the level of international partnerships, in line with the National Development Agenda 2030, and note that these meetings come within the framework of coordination and integration between All relevant parties to ensure the effective impact of international partnerships, in a way that enhances the development efforts undertaken by the state.

Al-Mashat said that over the past two years, the Ministry of International Cooperation has developed a framework for international cooperation and development finance, to maximize the benefit of working together with development partners, ensuring the consistency of projects with national priorities and sustainable development. . goals, and improve the management of development cooperation to implement projects effectively.To put national priorities into practice, the Ministry of International Cooperation has implemented a pioneering experiment based on the standards and methodologies of the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, by means of which development funds are appropriate with the sustainable development objectives, to accurately determine the contribution of these funds to the implementation of the country’s vision to achieve the UN objectives.

Al-Mashat indicated that the joint co-ordination co-operation platform played a major role during the Corona pandemic, in which successive meetings were held, bringing together development partners, institutions and national ministries to present development plans and priorities in the light of the conditions set by the Corona. pandemic during 2020, and that By matching development finance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Ministry’s current portfolio, amounting to about $ 26 billion, includes 377 projects, according to each of the sustainable development goals, thus providing a detailed view of the return improve. obtained from development financing.

Al-Mashat said the Ministry of International Cooperation had worked within the framework of the government’s program and the strategic objective “Building the Egyptian Person” to promote investment in human capital as a key focus in all strategies pursued with multilateral and bilateral development partners have been prepared, and recently the country strategy was launched with the Bank.The European Union for Reconstruction and Development 2022-2027, among its objectives, was to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth through efforts to develop human capital to support and empower women, girls and youth, and is currently working in coordination with relevant parties from relevant ministries, civil society and the private sector to develop joint strategies with the United Nations, the African Development Bank, the United States Agency for international development and to prepare the World Bank.

Al-Mashat talked about the funds that the ministry agreed on in the years 2020 and 2021, which amounted to about $ 20 billion, with $ 9.8 billion during 2020, while the development funds amounted to $ 10.2 billion in 2021, and many benefited from these funds. found. Among the development sectors, including transport, renewable energy, electricity, infrastructure, health, housing, water treatment, financing the purchase of wheat and building silos, and other priority sectors for the state, noting that the private sector’s share of funding during the two year is about $ 5 billion, part of which is financing and lines of credit to banks. The other part is contributions from international institutions in private companies.

Al-Mashat revised the percentage of development funding for each sector out of the total various development funds during 2021, which amounted to $ 8.7 billion, of which 18% for agriculture, irrigation and food security, 13% for transport and communications, 12%. for energy, and 19% for budget support.

Al-Mashat added that there are 149 projects to fund $ 5.5 billion in human capital investment, with $ 1.8 billion in education and scientific research funds, $ 1.2 billion in entrepreneurship and small businesses. dollars, and health $ 9.7 million. Agriculture and food security $ 625 million, and social protection $ 962 million.

Al-Mashat referred to $ 18.5 billion in development funds for 111 infrastructure projects, including transportation, housing, energy, irrigation and local development.

Al-Mashat has touched on the funds related to youth support, according to the prescriptions of the President of the Republic, where the Ministry of International Cooperation includes in its portfolio 67 projects related to youth, with a total of $ 3.9 billion in various sectors of the state, including housing, education, entrepreneurship, small, medium and micro enterprises, and digital transformation.Social protection, innovation and scientific research.

The Minister of International Cooperation pointed to the belief of the political leadership in Egypt in the essential role of women in society and in achieving development, therefore President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi declared 2017 to be the year of women and the National Strategy for Women’s Empowerment launched. 2030, representing an umbrella for all of Egypt’s partnerships with development partners regarding programs and agreements to support the role of women’s economic and social status.

Al-Mashat said in light of the government’s commitment to the transition to a green economy and combating climate change, the role of women is prominent in this regard, so the government encourages entrepreneurship and the work environment for start-ups in all areas. and addresses the challenges that also prevent women entrepreneurs from developing their businesses so that they can find innovative solutions to meet economic challenges.

Al-Mashat added that the empowerment of women is one of the main objectives of the Ministry of International Cooperation’s cooperation with multilateral and bilateral development partners, and only for that, last year in cooperation with the National Council for Women and the World Economic Forum, a catalyst to bridge the gender gap, notes that Egypt has thus become the first country in Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region to launch this catalyst, with the aim of bridging the gender gap in the work areas bridge. in partnership between the public and private sectors and civil society.

Regarding Sinai development projects, Al-Mashat said that international partnerships contribute to the implementation of the government’s ambitious program for the development of the Sinai Peninsula, where about 150 villages in the Sinai Peninsula benefit from Arab fund development funds. by providing 2,600 new homes and reclaiming and renovating 18,000 An feddan and basic services benefiting more than 558,000 citizens, noting that the development funds signed with the Arab funds for the development of the Sinai Peninsula , amounted to approximately $ 804 million in the sectors. of water desalination, infrastructure, education and drainage, in a way that promotes efforts to achieve sustainable development.

In turn, Representative Tarek Radwan, Head of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, praised the efforts of the Ministry of International Cooperation, led by dr. Rania Al-Mashat, praised, and stressed that the ministry is making efforts in the file of international cooperation that are seen as weapons to confront abroad, adding that there are challenges facing the Egyptian state that jointly requires cooperation between the House of Representatives Parliament and the government.

Deputy Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Undersecretary of the Human Rights Committee, stressed that the Ministry of International Cooperation plays a major role with international financial institutions in bridging the funding gap in Egypt.

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