Monday Briefing: Strengthening Egypt’s ties with Africa

Source: Middle East Institute

Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk

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Egypt’s days of woefully neglecting its relations with Africa are over.

After more than three decades of perfunctory engagement with its African neighbors — which cost it dearly in terms of economic and cultural advantages and regional standing and influence — Egypt is trying to make up for lost time. The country hopes that it can rebuild its regional diplomatic capital, not to mention position itself as a hub for the continent in terms of trade and investment. On July 7th, with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), it moved a little closer to its goals.

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