The Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (Arabic: الصندوق المصري للتعاون الفني مع أفريقيا) commonly known by the acronym “EFTCA” is the Egyptian governmental instrument that coordinates official development assistance and development cooperation programs with African countries.
From the Minister and Chairman:
The location of any state on the map of the world is but a part of its identity and history, thus inevitably affecting its origin, growth, development, cultural, economic and political concepts. The existence of Egypt in Africa is not an exception from this rule, but it truly reflects the saying of the renowned Egyptian Scholar Dr. Gamal Hamdan about the “ingenuity of site and time”.
Since the dawn of history, Egyptian civilization has spread constantly in the African continent. Egypt played the role of the linking chain between the African cultures and the Arab, Asian and European cultures. Africa is and will always remain a priority on the agenda of the Egyptian foreign policy.
Hence the importance of the Egyptian Fund For Technical Cooperation With Africa lies in the fact that it is the principal tool for consolidating and supporting Egyptian-African cooperation taking into consideration the priorities and special needs of the African countries. The role of the Fund is pivotal in the implementation of the Egyptian foreign policy towards Africa. This policy emanates primarily from its firm faith in its African affiliation, and its full realization of its responsibilities towards brotherly African Countries. The role Egypt is playing derives from the fact that it possesses human and economic assets and resources that could enable it to shoulder this responsibility and play this role successfully.
During the past two decades, the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa witnessed large strides and leaps in its performance and activities, in quantity and quality, in conformity with all the changes and developments which took place on both the international and regional arenas.
The activities of the Fund aim mainly at consolidating bilateral relations through the dispatch of Egyptian experts who transfer technical assistance, the organization of training courses in the different specializations, and the offer of emergency human and medical assistances to countries hit by natural disasters. Moreover, the Fund covered more and more new areas of technical cooperation through the conclusion of tripartite agreements for cooperation with donor countries and organizations. In the last couple of years, the Fund has started to widen its scope of activities by establishing joint farms in some African countries upon their request and responding to urgent needs such as dispatching medical convoys for the treatment of some endemic diseases, or providing advanced equipment in the field of information technology. These and other programs were performed by the Fund as new aspects of the technical assistance necessary for developing the African capabilities and achieving sustainable economic and social development for African Governments.
I would like to seize the opportunity of the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Egyptian Fund For Technical Cooperation With Africa, to extend my thanks and appreciation for the efforts exerted by the African Sector in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and by all the Secretary Generals, their deputies and the dedicated staff who contributed to the development of its performance, the expansion of its activities; wishing the Fund more progress and success in its future endeavors.
Participation in channeling relief operations and humanitarian aid (food and medicine) in cases of natural and human disasters. This assistance is offered either in kind or in the form of bearing shipping costs of the aid offered from other Egyptian entities or both.
Scopes of humanitarian aid have been diversified and developed so as not to be restricted to the traditional context of providing foodstuffs only but rather to be extended to cope with development requirements at the current stage as far as technology is concerned. This is expected to include computer sets, printers, photocopiers besides medicine, medical equipment and scientific references intended for faculties of medicine and science in some African countries.
A separate budget is earmarked annually from the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt in favor of the Fund and its programs, which is to be regarded as the main financial resource of the Fund.
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Communication and Data Technology
Seconding university staff to teach computer and data processing systems in African universities.
Seconding Egyptian experts to work as engineers of wire and telecommunications.
Training courses for African cadres in the area of data technology is under preparation.
A new training course is being organized for the first time on designing and connecting communication networks within the framework of trilateral cooperation with Japan.
Police and Crime Prevention
Organizing regular training courses annually for African police cadres in various police and security specializations in cooperation with the African Center for Crime Prevention Researches and Studies at the Foreign Ministry Police Academy.
This cooperation is substantiated in conjunction with technical cooperation protocol signed between the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa at the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of the Interior Police Academy Researches Center in implementation of the Cairo Declaration for African Technical Cooperation in areas of crime prevention based on the First Conference of African Interior Ministers during the period from 29 November to 6 December 1985.
The Police Research Center, since its foundation in 1986 to date, had demonstrated cooperation with the Egyptian Fund to perform its task in the most optimal manner that rendered it a leading pattern of security and police training in the African continent.
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Seconding agricultural experts and consultants on short-term missions to engage in agricultural processes and the combat of insects in African countries.
Offering scholarships and organizing training courses for African categories to expatiate on modern techniques of agriculture and the combat of harmful weeds and insects.
Organizing annual training courses in the field of rice cultivation technology at the International Egyptian Center for Agriculture in collaboration with Japan. The number of trainees amounted to 227 in 16 courses for the period from 1987 to May 2002.
Organizing a training course with regard to lands and water in cooperation with the Arab Fund for Technical Aid with African states at the International Egyptian Center for Agriculture, with 19 attending as trainees in the first course in May 1999.
Bearing the expenses of shipping equipment, seeds, and veterinary medicine to African countries.
Health and Medicine
Seconding Egyptian doctors in different specializations according to requirements of African states, to offer their expertise in hospitals and medical centers.
Seconding Egyptian doctors on short-term missions to utilize their experience in medical areas in African countries.
Seconding senior professors in Egyptian Faculties of Medicine to work as examiners and supervisors to deliberate on theses compiled at the Faculty of Medicine in African universities.
Programs for seconding surgeons, physicians and medical teams for short term intervals to carry out surgical operations and deliver lectures to medicine scholars and students in African universities.
Participation in African health ministry and medical conferences held in Egypt or in African countries.
Taking part in the treatment of some cases in Egyptian hospitals.
Organizing annual training courses for African nurses in cooperation with the Ministry of Health as part of the trilateral cooperation with Japan 17 training courses were held, with the trainees numbering 303 during the period […] Continue Reading…
Training African young diplomats at the Diplomatic Studies Institute, two training courses annually, one for French speaking and the second for English speaking trainees ( totaling 1062 over 37 courses during the period from 1984 – April 2003 ).
Scholarship for diplomats from African countries to train, in practice, in protocol affairs.
Programs seconding professors and ambassadors to lecture in African countries on international law and international relations etc….
Seconding Egyptian experts on short-term missions to African countries to employ expertise in the area of protocol and the organization of foreign ministries and diplomatic institutes.
Seconding ambassadors and experts to take part in elections and international supervision committees as well as African dispute settlement committees.
An independent budget is allocated every year by the Egyptian government for EFTCA programs.
Additional resources may come from contributions by other countries and international organizations based on agreements; loans and credit facilities may be concluded. Other donations and grants in accordance to the funds’ objectives may be received.
Moreover, EFTCA applies a form of cost sharing mechanism either with other African countries or through the framework of Tripartite Cooperation, involving a donor country or an international organization. This system proved to be effective as evidenced by the successful programs implemented by the Fund with Japan, Germany, Norway, UNDP, African Development Bank, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization of Francophone, and others.
The Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa provides necessary technical assistance according to the needs of African states. This prompts the conclusion of bilateral agreement between the Fund and the African governments as well as trilateral agreements with international and regional donor institutes specifying financial obligations of each party.
Since the Fund was created to date, 61 agreements were signed with African governments. These agreements are constantly updated and revised to reflect the changing development needs of countries.
30 agreements were sealed within the framework of the trilateral agreements since the creation of the Fund. The Fund is proceeding with processes of expansion and upgrading scopes of trilateral cooperation with donor international organizations and technical cooperation agencies. This type of cooperation gives way to increased resources of the Fund to bolster its activities in African countries, being a standard pattern of North-South and South-South cooperation.
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Egypt believes tat the development of human resources as well as the productive managerial and institutional development capabilities through joint action, transfer and exchange of know-how, skills and expertise is one of the main pressing needs of the developing countries.
Egypt’s long experience in important sectors essential to socio-economic structure of African countries such as agriculture, irrigation, health, infrastructure, information technology and others.
In this context Egypt enjoys the advantage of the availability of scientific and technological expertise in different fields due to historical emphasis on education and scientific research that allows it to extend such expertise to the African countries.
The availability in Egypt of highly qualified training academies and institutes on a large scale and in different fields that meet training needs of the African cadres.
The experience Egypt gained over the last two decades in tackling economic reform, structural adjustment and information systems; issues that are currently of special interest […] Continue Reading…
The Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA) was established in 1981 within the framework of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The principal goal of EFTCA is to provide technical assistance and human resource development through capacity building programmes to other African countries. H.E. the Egyptian Foreign Minister is the Chairman of the Board and the Fund is administered by a Secretary-General, usually a senior ambassador.
For over twenty three years EFTCA has aimed to contribute to the socio-economic development of other African countries through the transfer and exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise and supporting the capacity building efforts of technical and human resource . Various technical cooperation activities include:
„X Dispatch Egyptian experts and consultants in various fields according to the needs of the recipient country for short or long term assignments.
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