Embassy of Pakistan
The Embassy of Pakistan Cairo celebrated “Pakistan-Egypt Friendship Day” today by organizing a Seminar titled “Pakistan’s Engagement with Africa – the Continent of the Future” in Cairo Sheraton Hotel.
The Speakers at the seminar included representatives of the Egyptian government, the think tank community, the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Cairo.
At the beginning of the seminar, the video message of the Foreign Minister of Pakistan dilating upon the Engage Africa Policy of the Government was played for the audience.
Ambassador Sajid Bilal in his remarks apprised the audience about the steps taken for the enhancement of Pakistan’s engagement with Africa. In this context, the Ambassador particularly underlined the progress made in consolidating Pakistan’s bilateral relations with Egypt in all fields of mutual interest including political, economic, commercial, and defence fields. The Ambassador also highlighted the shifting focus of Pakistan from geo-politics to geo-economics. The new Pakistan offered itself as a melting pot for positive global interests by providing enhanced connectivity and economic bases as development strategy, he stressed.
The Embassy’s Trade and Investment Attaché, in her presentation, highlighted the trade and investment potential of Pakistan as well as the business-friendly initiatives and reforms undertaken by the present government.
The Panelists shared their perspectives about Pakistan’s “Engage Africa” Policy and Pakistan-Egypt bilateral relations with particular focus on the available win-win trade and investment opportunities.
The Assistant Foreign Minister for African Organizations and Communities, in her remarks, welcomed the timely initiative of the Embassy to hold the seminar on Africa, as the Continent is poised to provide opportunities for economic cooperation and investment.
Towards the end, students of the Pakistan International School in Cairo performed on Pakistani and Egyptian music, followed by a luncheon.
The event was attended by a cross-section of Egyptian society representing the government, think tanks, academia, journalists, businessmen, civil society and the ambassadors/representatives of African Embassies in Cairo.
8 September 2021