Egyptian Agency Of Partnership For Development - EAPD
The Egyptian President, H.E. Mr. Abdel Fatah El Sisi, announced the establishment of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) at the 23rd African Union Summit in June 2014 with the aim of supporting Africa’s development aspirations through the provision of capacity-building assistance; the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise; and the promotion of creative industries. EAPD also supports and promotes the private sector’s trade and investment role in the overall economic development of the continent since creating a prosperous Africa remains a key objective for Egypt.
The EAPD was formally launched on the fist of July 2014 through the merger of the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA) and the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with the Commonwealth States (EFTCC).
Mechanisms Of Cooperation
EAPD’s mechanisms of cooperation include the establishment of partnerships with domestic, regional and international development stake-holders in order to support the development priorities of partner countries in various fields.
EAPD also participates in the global knowledge and experience sharing events and liaises with national centres of excellence, economic and development institutions, universities and foundations.
Tools Of Technical Cooperation
EAPD’s scope of activities is wide and diverse; it includes organising training courses and capacity building programmes, participating in Pan-African initiatives, dispatching medical convoys, and hosting various events: conferences, seminars and workshops, as wellas supporting food security initiatives.
EAPD recruits and mobilises highly qualified Egyptian experts, specialists and consultants to be dispatched, upon request, to partner countries.
Areas Of Cooperation
EAPD’s main areas of work include:
• Information and communication technology;
• Health care;
• Police, crime prevention and counter terrorism;
• Water management and irrigation;
• Industrialisation, and industrial management;
• Relief and emergency assistance;
• Electricity and energy resources;
• Security and defence;
• Export marketing;
• Investment and trade promotion;
Mission And Objectives
EAPD’s mission is to boost Egypt’s international cooperation efforts, particularly South/South cooperation, in areas related to the sustainable development of African and Islamic countries. EAPD offers technical assistance programmes in various fields, capacity-building, training sessions, humanitarian assistance and emergency aid programmes, in addition to the organisation of seminars, field visits, and awarding scholarships. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Mr. Sameh Shokry, chairs the Board of the Agency which sets its overall policy and follows the implementation of its annual work plan. EAPD is administered by a Secretary General; H.E Ambassador Dr. Hazem Fahmy.
EAPD works to strengthen North-South, South-South and Triangular Cooperation by supporting areas of work identified as a priority by the beneficiary countries. In order to do so, EAPD cooperates with UN Agencies, regional and international organisations, multilateral agencies, foundations and other development partners, as well as the private sector. EAPD concludes bilateral and trilateral agreements with various development stake-holders to broaden its scope of work and raise the necessary supplementary funding.
EAPD supports the efforts of African countries in implementing the Africa 2063 Agenda, as well as in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is eager to help them realise the recently adopted UN Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially with regards to health, education and women’s empowerment.