Visit by ECFA Board of Directors to the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
On February 1, 2023, Ambassador Mohamed El-Oraby, Chairman of ECFA Board of Directors, ECFA members, and ECFA Director, visited the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), at the invitation of Ambassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif, the CCCPA Director General.
1- The CCCPA Director General gave a comprehensive presentation on the CCCPA activities since its establishment in 1994 and its role in training Africans and Arabs in peacekeeping operations, as Egypt currently ranks sixth on the list of the largest contributors in these operations. He also addressed the role of the CCCPA with regard to issues such as women, peace and security, preventive diplomacy, and preventing and resolving conflicts, in addition to other roles carried out by the Center in issues such as the environment, climate change, and sustainable development, in addition to the mechanisms that the Center has in this regard, including the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, which held its third edition in November 2022.
2- In his speech, ECFA Chairman welcomed cooperation with the CCCPA, proposing to establish a partnership between the two sides, and to consider the possibility of holding joint activities that would address issues of vital importance to Egypt.
3- During the meeting, a discussion took place on a number of regional and international issues, and opportunities to discuss them in detail between the two sides.
4- In this context, the situation in the Red Sea region, the Horn of Africa, conflict areas in the African continent, and the Egyptian role in Africa in general, were discussed. In addition, ECFA members put forward a number of ideas and proposals aimed at strengthening the role of the CCCPA and expanding its activities.
6- Following the meeting, a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation between ECFA and CCCPA was submitted to Ambassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif to consider the possibility of signing it at a later time. He was also invited to attend ECFA’s annual conference on February 11, 2023.