8 March 2017

African Media Practitioners in Egypt - Unveiling the Cradle of Civilization

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In renewed strategies aimed at reinforcing existing ties with fellow African countries, the Arab Republic of Egypt is leaving no stone unturned.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his government are not only exploring and sustaining the ties that ensure effective and fruitful cooperation, but are also proving that they appreciate the important role of the media in this onerous task. In acknowledgement of this role, the Egyptian government has invited some 37 African media professionals from 25 countries of the continent to come see, live and share with their various audiences what makes Egypt a great country. Taking off from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where Ambassador Dr. Mounir Zahran, Executive Director of the council for Foreign Affairs led the discussions on Egypt's commitment to the consolidation of cooperation ties with fellow African countries, the programme for the first week included visits to important institutions where the visitors lived the realities of this great African nation. At the Administrative control authority against corruption, the media professionals through presentations and video clips screened were able to see for themselves the strategies Egypt uses to combat and prevent corruption. The head of the centre, General Mohamed Erfan made it clear that corruption is a canker worm that must be fought out and prevented by all African nations. The video clips screened on this subject portrayed the dynamic manner in which the control authority is preventing corruption especially in the field of kidney and liver transplants by corrupt medics. Other contacts and sharing with the visiting team of the news men and women included the Middle-east News Agency, MENA, the largest in Africa, work sessions at the media Production City, and meetings at the Egyptian parliament. Friday, 3rd March 2017 was devoted to visits to the national museum in Cairo and the historical religious complex followed by dinner in a floating restaurant on the Nile. After their visit to the pyramids on Saturday, 4th Match 2017, the rest of the programme for the remaining week showed that they would, besides a trip to the Suez canal on Sunday, meet the grand Imam of Al-Azar university, Dr. Ahmed El Tayeb and Pope Tawadros of the Coptic church of Alexandria before their travel to Aswan to discover more of what makes Egypt a great African nation. The Cameroon press is represented by Adele Mballa of CRTV and Shey Peter Mabu of SOPECAM. More about this important trip will be made available to our readers in other write-ups.

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