The Minister of International Cooperation in Egypt, Rania Al-Mashat, and the Japanese Ambassador to Egypt, OKA Hiroshi, convened for the second meeting of the Egypt-Japan High-Level Policy Dialogue on development cooperation.
The meeting brought together senior officials from both the Egyptian and Japanese governments, as well as representatives from various bilateral and multilateral development partners.
During the dialogue, the two parties discussed significant accomplishments achieved in the year 2022/23. This included the signing of the Exchange of Notes concerning the Greater Cairo Metro Line No.4, as well as the E/N on the Development Policy Loan, which aimed to support Universal Health Coverage. The Japanese government was commended for providing a grant through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the "Enhancing Food Security through Improving Agricultural Productivity" project.
Minister Al-Mashat expressed her appreciation for Ambassador Oka's initiative in organizing the second High-Level Policy Dialogue. She provided an overview of the policy developments from the past year, which encompassed TICAD8 (8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development), COP27, the New Plan for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP), Prime Minister Kishida's visit to Egypt, the G7 Hiroshima Summit, and the revision of Japan's Development Cooperation Charter.
Furthermore, Minister Al-Mashat highlighted specific priority areas, which included "investment in people" focusing on the education and health sectors, "quality growth" through the promotion of green transition and the development of high-quality infrastructure, and the pursuit of regional stability through trilateral cooperation and collaborative efforts with partner countries.