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Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA)

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Financial Resources

Financial Resources

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.

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Agreements

Agreements

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.

Bilateral Agreements:
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.
Trilateral Agreements:
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.
Three-sided Cooperation
Three-sided or trilateral cooperation constitutes one of the most significant activities undertaken by the Fund. Its purpose is slated to the promotion of the human potential of African cadres.

It is to the credit of this cooperation that donor organizations and technical aid agencies jointly with the Fund could strengthen technical cooperation in the service of different areas of development in the African continent. It as well ensures benefit for the three parties involved in reinforcement of economic development in the Continent, and also of technical cooperation between Egypt and African countries.

This emanates from Egypt’s unequivocal interest in cementing its relations with sisterly African countries as well as South-South, and North-South cooperation policies.

Examples of trilateral cooperation programs are, the Fund- Japanese Cooperation Association (JICA) since 1985, where training courses are held annually in fields of: rice cultivation, rice processing, seismology, academic immunology, metal welding technology, animal production and health, building and construction equipment (total number of trainees is 1232) from 1985 up till July 2002, also within the framework of implementing the cooperation agreement signed between Egypt and Japan in Tokyo (October 1998), 7 experts were seconded to Zambia and Tanzania during the period from 1999-april 2000.

The Fund-Norwegian Agency for Developmental Cooperation (Noward) now, and since 1999 where two training courses on nursing were held so far (trainees numbered 117), during the period from November 1999 – April 2002.

This brings the total number of trainees within the context of trilateral cooperation between the Fund and the JICA and Norward up till April 2002, to 1386 trainees. Further, a trilateral cooperation with Canada and the Netherlands, the European union and others is planned for the future. A trilateral cooperation was also established with Germany.

Further examples of trilateral cooperation with donor organizations are the UN Program for Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Economic Commission for Africa, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, the African Development Bank, the Arab Fund for Technical Aid to African Countries and the Franco Phone International Organization.

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Principles

Principles

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 to African countries.

The fund is contributing in financing the following communication and information technology activities:

— Preparing, evaluating, implementing and following up technical projects in the field of IT and communications.
— Preparing feasibility studies to determine the African countries needs in the fields of IT and communication, and Human Resources development.
— Training courses, seminars, and workshops in IT and communication.
— Distance learning programs in all fields of HR development.
— Teaching Arabic as a foreign language and training the trainers
— Capacity building projects specially in the field of IT and communication.
— Developing the capacities and skills of the African small and medium enterprises.

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Objectives

Objectives

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.
„X Offering training programmes in different sectors essential to the development process according to the availability of the required training.
„X Participation in pan-African activities that serve the development of the Continent in collaboration with local, regional and international organizations.
„X Extending of emergency humanitarian assistance to countries in crisis situations (natural disaster, civil war).
„X Trilateral cooperation with donor countries and institutions to support the Continent،¦s development and to strengthen technical cooperation between Egypt and African countries in the framework of South-South and North-North cooperation.

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EFTCA’s Background

Background

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.

The Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA) was established within the framework of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by virtue of the Presidential decree no. 620 on December 16th, 1980 modified by the presidential decree no. 49 on January 21st. 1988 to provide technical cooperation to the African countries with a view to developing their human resources.

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 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 shoudler this responsibility and lay this role successfully.

During the past two decades the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation for Africa witnessed large strides and leaps in its performance and activities, in quantity, 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 specialization, and the offer of emergency human and medical assistance to countries afflicted by natural disasters. Moreover, the Fund covered more and more new areas of technical 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.

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What, or Who is EFTCA?

Egyptian Fund for Tehnical Cooperation with Africa

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.

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