Egypt’s ambassador to Sweden, H.E. Mr. Alaa Hegazy, gave the welcoming speech as representative of the African Union (AU) to the BRIX seminar “The New Africa Emerging” on December 5, 2019 in Stockholm. Egypt is the current Chairman of the AU. He emphasized the importance of the Belt & Road Initiative for the implementation of Africa’s development plans that have been around for a long time and lacked only the construction starts. He presented the AU’s Agenda 2063 plan for a continental rail and road network, electrification and industrialization. Ambassador Hegazy explained that the AU has several cooperation mechanisms with the EU, UN, Japan, etc., but cooperation with the BRI has been the most dynamic and effective of these mechanisms.
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