Preserving Africa’s natural resources no longer an option: Egypt’s PM at African judges meeting

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said preserving natural resources has become an obligation for all African countries rather than an option amid global political and economic turbulence.

The prime minister made his statement during the Cairo Sixth High-Level Meeting for Presidents of Constitutional and Supreme Courts and African Constitutional Councils, which kicked off on Saturday.

In his speech, Madbouli stressed the need for African countries to cooperate to make optimum use of the continent’s resources with the aim of achieving sustainable development and progress for their peoples.

Madbouli said the current meeting is part of the ongoing efforts over the past years to enhance cooperation among supreme, constitutional institutions in African states to achieve their peoples’ aspirations of freedom, justice, equality and protection of human rights.

Africa is full of huge natural resources that require them to be optimized and preserved for the next generations, Madbouli said, affirming that Egypt extends its hand to help all African countries create better future for the continent in all fields.

The prime minister also called for crystalizing legal and constitutional thoughts to limit the negative impacts of international disputes on economies of African countries.

He expressed confidence that the sixth meeting of the African judges will help realize the desired goals in Africa after the previous five editions of the meeting managed to develop joint judicial activities in the continent.

In a speech during the meeting, President of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) Counselor Boulos Fahmy

hailed the continued success of the meeting’s sessions, saying it reflects the determination of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts and African Constitutional Councils on attaining constitutional guarantees for the freedom and prosperity of people and their rights to development.

He also pointed out to the success of the previous sessions in reaching a consensus in crucial constitutional issues, which are of great interest to the world and the African countries, including combating corruption, terrorism, confronting illegal emigration, supporting digitalization and green economy.

The previous meetings have developed theoretical and constitutional frameworks in a bid to attain development in the African countries, he further said.

For his part, Senate Speaker Abdel Wahab Abdel Razeq asserted Egypt’s permanent commitment to supporting the African countries in their efforts to attain development.

Abdel Razeq hailed the keenness of the political leadership under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on promoting cooperation with the African countries in the various spheres, chief among them the judicial constitutional domain.

The political leadership’s awareness of the importance of judicial constitutional cooperation with the African countries embodies Egypt’s keenness on this cooperation, he added.

The convocation of this meeting annually in Cairo reflects the determination and strong will of the African nations, he went on to say.

He also pointed out to Egyptian presidential directives to up judicial cooperation between Egypt and the African countries.

Launching an electronic platform for African constitutional judicial rulings reflects Egypt’s great interest in maintaining cooperation with the African countries, he went on to say.

Source: Egypt Today Magazine

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