It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the digital gateway of the Ministry of Foreign Affair's development arm: the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD).
Although the EAPD is a nascent entity formally established in July 2014, it builds on the longstanding achievements of its predecessors the Egyptian Agency for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA) and the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with the Commonwealth States (EFTCC) in boosting international development cooperation with countries of the South sharing mutual interests with Egypt, particularly African and Islamic countries.
The Agency's overall mission is in sync with one of Egypt's main foreign policy objectives of supporting the development aspirations of African and Islamic countries by helping them achieve the internationally agreed development plans and goals, including the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a special focus on health, education and women's empowerment.
To do so, the EAPD strives to strengthen South-South and Triangular Cooperation and explores creative ways to engage with various partners at the global, regional and national levels to leverage their expertise, knowledge and resources so as to provide tailor-made technical assistance programmes, capacity-building interventions, training sessions, humanitarian assistance and emergency relief upon the request of interested countries. The EAPD's partners include the United Nations, regional and international organisations, multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations and the private sector.
I trust that you will find this website informative, useful and user-friendly. It is not meant to be a one way communication portal but an interactive entry point to the Agency's activities. As you explore the website, I invite you to consider yourself a partner of the EAPD, and share with us not only your feedback on how to improve the site; but more importantly your suggestions on how the EAPD couid better achieve its mission. Here in Africa we say that "if you want to run fast, run alone; but if you want to run far, run together".