Egypt to host 2nd edition of AU Specialized Technical Committee in April
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Egypt to host 2nd edition of AU Specialized Technical Committee in April

Egypt Today – Egypt

Egypt will host the second edition of the Specialized Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism (STC-TTIIET) at the African Union that will be held in Cairo on April 14-18.

The committee will be established under the theme “Developing SMART Infrastructure to boost Africa’s Continental Transformation and Integration.”

The African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid and the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker El Markabi signed on Sunday the Host Country Agreement for the STC.

Minister Shaker said that the hosting of the STC meeting will be a great honour for Egypt as it reflects the leadership role the country has played and continues to play in the development of the infrastructure in Africa, according to a Sunday statement by the African Union Commissioner.

He further emphasized that the signing reaffirms the full commitment of the Egyptian government to the successful organization of the meeting.

For her part, AU Commissioner Abou Zeid expressed her gratitude to the Egyptian Government and noted “the agreement that we signed today, together with the strong cooperation we have enjoyed from the Government of Egypt throughout the preparatory process, paves the way to the development of transport and energy infrastructure as well as tourism for the successful attainment of AU Agenda 2063 goals.”

"It would be acknowledged that the second session of the STC-TTIIET is taking place in a context abound with a wealth of decisions, actions and information tailored to the goals of the STC,” the Commissioner stated.

In that regard, H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid affirmed that the meeting will focus on actions undertaken and planned for implementation of agreed activities rather than on conceptual and brainstorming exchanges.

African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid and the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker El Markabi - Press photo

“To that end, the main objectives of the second session will be, first and foremost, to evaluate implementation of the updated STC Plans of Action as well as address the challenges and, finally, agree on the way forward,” the Commissioner added as quote by the statement.

The Host Country Agreement, which covers all the logistical requirements for the meeting, is an important landmark towards the success of the STC meeting. The signing event was the culmination of a three-day visit to Cairo by African Union Commission officials to finalize the details of the meeting including the budget for the Conference; logistics and preparations; information and communications technology for the Conference; and security.