The first edition of “Egypt – International Cooperation Forum (ICF): Engaging for Impact” started on Wednesday, under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Egypt-ICF is an international cooperation and development financing forum, bringing state representatives from around the globe; namely the Middle East and African region, international financial institutions, development partners, stakeholders from the private and public sectors, and the civil society.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly attended the opening session of the forum, alongside the Ministers of International Cooperation, Health, Manpower, Local Development, Supply, Education, Planning, Environment, Information and Communications Technology, Transportation, Social Solidarity, Agriculture, and Industry and Trade.
The forum is held under the theme “Engaging for Impact”. It brings together relevant stakeholders to promote joint action with the aim of supporting the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to mobilizing international efforts to address global challenges as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across today’s four panels, the forum discussed 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. This was followed by a dialogue with the private sector on inclusive partnerships. The forum’s activities will also include 6 workshops, organized by the Ministry of International Cooperation, along with a myriad of international institutions, tomorrow. Among many of the topics during the workshops will be a discussion reviewing international experiences in the field of development cooperation, including the Egyptian experience in mapping the Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the SDGs.
Egypt – ICF will conclude its activities tomorrow with a closing panel titled “Investing in Human Capital” and 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.