Lilongwe, July 18: Every year Egyptians celebrate their National Day on July 23, which marks the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of the Egyptian Republic. The events of 23 July 1952 marked another glorious milestone in the long history of the Egyptian nation, established more than 7000 years ago and known as the cradle of civilization.
It signified another critical juncture in Egypt’s modern history with a real quest towards Egyptian independence and a desire to take back full control of its destiny. This quest for independence and control without outside interference was repeated years later with the June 30 Revolution in 2013.
Today, the future of Egypt is in the hands of Egyptians, who are thankful and proud of their patriotic Armed Forces. The military, ranked among the strongest armed forces in the world, has always been united and loyal to the will of the people and continues to support the country in building a more advanced and stronger Egypt.
Egypt’s National Day also marks the celebration of the rise of two of Africa’s greatest sons, Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Anwar El-Sadat, who embarked on a mission to lead, unite, and free Africa from colonialism.
Since 1952, Egypt politically, financially, economically, and militarily supported many African nations in their quest to take full control of their countries from outside influence. Many prominent revolutionaries of the African continent lived and studied in Egypt, and the Egyptian people welcomed them with open arms.
Today, even though Egypt is focused on transforming the country to make it absorb the new realties of the twenty-first century, it is simultaneously also playing a leading role in Africa by supporting its brothers and sisters across the continent to reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their citizens.
Currently, Egypt continues its integral role in the rise of the African continent with its leading financial and diplomatic contributions to the joint African institutions, like the African Union and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
In 2014, Egypt also established the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) to provide Egyptian expertise and technical assistance to all countries on the African continent in all vital developmental sectors. Specifically, in the past two years alone, Egypt has tremendously widened its bridges of cooperation with Malawi by significantly increasing its capacity building programs.
The Egyptian government has sponsored hundreds of training programs for Malawians in many different fields, such as health, agriculture, tourism, trade and industry, investment, energy, and security. Egypt has also quickly responded to the several appeals made by Malawi, concerning the flood crisis and food shortages, and donated state-of-the-art medical units in both Zomba and Mzuzu central hospitals.
Moreover, the cultural ties between the two countries are currently being intensified with Egypt hosting its second Egyptian Cultural week in as many years. The Egyptian cultural week seeks to deepen ties between the great peoples of Malawi and Egypt and will include lectures by Egyptian professors and performances by the renowned Egyptian Aswan folklore cultural group.
Utilizing the positive momentum in the bilateral ties, important negotiations are also underway between Malawi and Egypt to expand cooperation in many more areas, especially in irrigation, agriculture, security and energy.
This increasing cooperation in the twenty-first century was the subject of discussion between both the Malawian and Egyptian leaders during their meeting last year and also during their more recent telephone conversation.
The Egyptian-Malawian relationship is on the fast track to reach unprecedented levels of cooperation, never achieved before in the history of bilateral relations. The relations with Egypt are definitely on the rise and Lilongwe knows it can always depend on Cairo. Egypt’s rich history of support for Africa demonstrates and assures all brothers and sisters across the continent that Egypt will always be an advocate for a strong and independent Africa that is in full control of its destiny.
The Egyptian-Malawian relationship stands as a testament for the ideal model of a multifaceted successful partnership in the twenty-first century among African nations that will only continue to grow and strengthen in the coming years.
By Maher El-Adawy, Egyptian Ambassador in Malawi