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for closer ties The Middle East’s oldest English-language weekly
extensive Egyptian-Canadian EgyptAir inaugurated flights to The weekly edition of The Gazette http://www.egyptiangazette.net.eg
HE strong, longstanding
Canadian-Egyptian bilateral communities in Montreal, Toronto Montreal in 2001. A consular
relations are founded on a and Vancouver. agreement entered into force in 1999
common interest in peace, stability The Canadian International and the Transfer of Offenders Treaty 12 Pages 94th Year, Issue No. 25 TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008 LE2
and security in the Middle East, Development Agency (CIDA) is was effected on May 10, 2000. It is
socio-economic development actively engaged in Egypt, where it designed to enable sentenced
cooperation, cross-cultural works with the Egyptian persons to apply to serve their
understanding and growing trade Government and local partners to sentences in their own country if
relations. implement joint priorities such as both countries agree. Since 1999
Canada and Egypt established
embassies in their respective capitals
gender equality, environmental
Canada has provided
briefings on Canada and Canadian
formal A problem that For his people Skillful Spain
in 1954. Since that time, Canada has
enjoyed positive relations with this
building and child protection as
integral, cross-cutting components in
foreign policy for Egypt’s new
diplomats. An area-study course for
needs examining and his country outwit Germany
key Arab partner, which is an a long-standing development Canadian diplomats is now being
important actor in the search for a cooperation programme. The CIDA provided by the Egyptian Diplomatic 7 8 10
resolution to the Arab-Israeli programme in Egypt has been Institute in Cairo. This is the first of
conflict. The shared commitment for furthermore engaged in developing its kind offered to Western
AU slams Zimbabwe vote as Mugabe urged to negotiate
a just and comprehensive peace in early childhood education and diplomats.
the Middle East lies at the core of employment creation. E gypt is the most populous
Canada's relations with Egypt. Since 1999, Canada and Egypt country in the Arab world and its
The relationship is not limited to have participated in an intensive capital, Cairo, is the largest
this, as it continues to expand into programme of training new metropolis in Africa. Considered by
FRICAN Union observers suffering," he said. spokesman George Sibotshiwe called for
new areas of cooperation.
International trade negotiations,
disarmament issues, education, La
Francophonie and cultural exchanges
diplomats. On an annual basis, a
group of new Egyptian diplomats go
to Canada for training and Canadian
diplomats travel to Egypt as part of a
many to be the political and cultural
centre of the Arab world, Egypt is a
physical link between the Middle
East and Africa.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-
Rose Migiro told the summit that the
'moment of truth' had come for regional
leaders to act for a negotiated solution to
the AU to appoint a full-time envoy to
Zimbabwe in a move that would
effectively sideline South African
President Thabo Mbeki's much-criticised
are just a few areas of common regional study tour. This unique and Home to the Suez Canal, it has intensifying pressure on Robert the crisis in Zimbabwe. mediation efforts on behalf of the
interest to both countries. As both an valuable exchange is an important historically been a meeting point for Mugabe as he faces his peers Migiro urged African leaders to Southern African Development
Arab and an African state, Egypt is aspect of bilateral relations. different civilisations. Egypt signed after a vote much of the world 'mobilise support for a negotiated Community (SADC).
uniquely situated to be a partner for Canada prioritises its engagement a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. has dismissed as a farce. solution' to resolve the crisis, adding that Speaking to AFP from Sharm el-
Canada in the Middle East and North with Egypt on a wide range of global Since then relations between the two the UN regretted that the election had Sheikh, Zimbabwe opposition leader
African regions. High-level political issues, including the development of countries have continued to fluctuate Mugabe was attending yesterday an been conducted in Zimbabwe despite the Morgan Tsvangirai's spokesman George
consultations are held annually with democratic governance, pluralism depending on the state of Arab- African summit in the Egyptian Red Sea violence. Sibotshiwe said the crisis now had
the last ones taking place November and human rights, focusing Israeli relations. Egypt is also resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, a day The United States has vowed to bring ramifications for the continent as a
2007 in Cairo. particularly on the promotion of member of the Arab League (League after being sworn in amid growing calls the issue of Zimbabwe before the UN whole and it was too big a task for
Canada first gained prominence in citizenship rights, the rights of of Arab States) founded in 1945 and for the continent's leaders to act to Security Council this week, while British Mbeki on his own.
Egypt with its successful women and girls, and freedom of is home to its headquarters. The resolve a crisis which some fear could Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged the President Hosni Mubarak gave a
intervention in the 1956 Suez Crisis. expression and association. Canada Secretary General of the destabilise southern Africa. AU to reject the result of Zimbabwe's speech before the opening session of the
Egyptian and Canadian forces are continually strives to maintain and organisation has traditionally been "The vote fell short of the African presidential runoff. summit, calling on international
currently serving together in several strengthen its valued relationship an Egyptian, with former Egyptian Union's standards of democratic "We'll see what the African Union communities and institutions to take
peacekeeping forces. Canada is an with Egypt, a historical and key Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amr elections," monitors from the 53-nation does, but this is not an African issue responsibility to solve the global food
important destination for Egyptian partner bilaterally, regionally, and Moussa holding the position since bloc said in a statement issued in Harare alone. This is an issue for the crisis through dialogue and collective
emigrants and there are now internationally. 2001. and distributed at yesterday's summit international community, an issue for the action.
meeting. Security Council," US Secretary of State "Africa is one of the parts of the world
Compiled by: Shawky El-Sayed "The African Union observer mission Condoleezza Rice told reporters after most affected by the global food crisis,
firstname.lastname@example.org is, however, encouraged that both parties separate meetings with China's President increasing energy prices and climate
have shown willingness to engage in AFP Photo by Mohamed Abdel Mo’eti Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen change," Mubarak noted, stressing the
constructive dialogue as a way forward DEFIANT: Zimbabwean President INAUGURAL SPEECH: President Hosni Mubarak addressing Jiabao. need for agricultural development.
for ensuring peace, stability and Robert Mugabe attending the the opening session of the African Union summit in Sharm el- A draft resolution written by AU He said that Africa's conflicts were a
development in Zimbabwe," the opening of the summit. Sheikh yesterday. foreign ministers and due to be approved major impediment to development.
observers added. by leaders at the summit does not "There can be no development without
AU Commission chief Jean Ping towards the formation of a transitional work together so as to overcome the having "a positive side but there have criticise the runoff election or Mugabe. peace and no advancement without
stressed that the continent must act to government. current challenges," Ping said at the also been challenges." What it does do is condemn the violence stability," stressed Mubarak, going on to
end the crisis, while South Africa called "Africa must fully shoulder its summit opening. "I'd like to congratulate the people of in general terms and call for dialogue. enumerate the continent's conflicts
for the Zimbabwe opposition and responsibility and do everything in its AU chairman and Tanzanian President Zimbabwe for their success but I also On the summit sidelines, Movement between Djibouti and Eritrea, Chad and
Mugabe's ZANU-PF party to hold talks power to help the Zimbabwe parties to Jakaya Kikwete described the election as commiserate with them for their for Democratic Change (MDC) Sudan, and in Somalia.
Advertorial 110 terror
50 Giza factories turn to natural gas with Canadian help arrested – report
EMBERS of three
Maged George: Projects with Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions M terrorist groups were
arrested in a major
operation in three different
Egypt started the Community Environment
governorates across Egypt
OR many years, Egypt and
Canada have enjoyed deeply- Action Project (CENACT), which is being before they could launch
rooted ties in all domains, implemented by Cowater, a Canadian firm, terror attacks, an independent
Environment Minister Maged George has he said, adding that the scheme will run newspaper reported yesterday.
said. until March, 2008.
During the mid-nineties and even before The goal of the CENACT project, "Security services have arrested about
the establishment of the Environmental George said, is to strengthen and increase
110 suspects belonging to three major
Affairs Ministry, the two countries began NGOs participation in environmental
terror cells in Cairo, el-Qaliubiya and el-
their environmental cooperation through management within the context of the
national policy of partnership in Gharbiya governorates, in the largest
the CIDA, Minister George recalls.
environmental improvement. operation since the arrest of a group
As a start, The Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), Minister It also aims at increasing the charged with contacting al-Qaeda last
George said, has funded a C$11,600,000 coordination between civil society year," Al-Masry Al-Youm daily newspaper
Maged George quoted security officials as saying.
project for building up an environmental organisations and the community with
information system (EIS), and a second began its activities in 1997, added the governmental agencies at the provincial The report added that the suspects were
project for establishing the Egyptian Minister. and national levels. referred to the State Security Prosecution
Environmental Initiatives Fund (EEIF) at a This Fund, whose budget amounted to for interrogation after their plans to attack
total cost of C$24,600,000. C$20 million from Canada and LE20 Gender equality three major cities were foiled by security
The then Egyptian Environmental million from Egypt focuses on the climate forces.
Affairs Authority (EEAA) was in charge change initiative, he said, adding that the The project, being implemented in the "The leaders of the three terror cells,
of implementing these two projects, he budget was increased by another C$4.2 Governorates of Ismailia and Minya, Mohamed Farid Farag, Ahmed Abdel
said. million to cover the costs of a new addresses initiatives contributing to Hadi and Hisham Mohie, have been
These projects aimed to promote component that had been added to the improvements in the local environment, charged with planning to stigmatise the
sustainable and sound environmental project. promote gender equality, and create jobs ruler as an infidel, recruiting a number of
practices by Egyptian private, non- The new component aimed to reduce air for women to generate revenues, added Al-Azhar University students to help
governmental, and community pollution in Giza by converting brick- George. AFP carry out their plans and controlling a
organisations in order to manage and factory to natural gas technology, added Through the use of clean technology, the OLYMPIC ACTION: A Chinese girl helping volunteers in the number of mosques across the nation to
conserve the country's natural resources, the Minister. CENACT project also aims at improving clean-up of a huge algae bloom at the Beijing Olympics' sailing
Canadian agencies have been promoting clean projects in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions spread their thoughts," the report
especially soil and water, added the waste management services to households venue in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province yesterday. The
Natural resources and recycling agricultural waste and by a number of local factories and to protect the Egyptian environment. continued.
Minister. algae bloom will take at least another two weeks to eradicate,
processing crop residues into compost, "Security forces are also looking for
company (Egyptian Town Gas (ETG)) in Egypt and the Minister of Oil Sameh despite more than 10,000 workers being used in the clean-up several other suspects who have fled to
Decision-making support The EEIF has also aimed to promote George said.
effort, while the environmental problem off the coast of Qingdao
sound environmental management and Moreover, it ensures the continuation of Brick factories agreed to support this initiative by Fahmi. some neighbouring Arab countries,"
providing the external gas distribution has disrupted training for international competitors trying to get security sources said, adding the groups
The success of the EIS project, which preserving Egypt’s natural resources with local initiatives by promoting a support
George hailed as a success the CIDA- infrastructure to the 50 factories at its own Clean development used to the conditions there. were financed by terrorist leaders living
was implemented between 1997 and 2004, the participation of the private sector and network of both civil society organisations
supported project, which will help 50 expense in order to extend its industrial-
aimed at improving EEAA capabilities in
making use of environmental information
in the decision-making process and
non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
The goal of this project is to help and
and government authorities, he explained.
The project, he continued, puts specific
emphasis on gender equality in order to
brick-manufacturing factories in the Arab
Abu Said area of Giza Governorate
customer base, he said.
George said that the purpose of the
Minister George said that a number of
heavyweight Canadian businessmen and
Egypt reopens Gaza border abroad.
convert their combustion systems from project is to strengthen the capacity of owners of investment groups were
drawing up environmental policies, he
train members of non-governmental
institutions to manage and preserve natural
resources and protect the environment, the
allow women equal opportunity to initiate,
implement and manage initiatives and burning heavy-oil (mazot), to natural gas.
A special function was held for initiating
targeted organisations to join greenhouse
gas reduction initiatives with the
negotiating with the Egyptian Government
to launch business ventures here. E
GYPT is to reopen the Rafah
border crossing with the Hamas-
run Gaza Strip for two days to
Palestinians returning from abroad
will also be allowed into Gaza from
Egypt, he said, adding that the opening
The EIS project has also incorporated activities for protecting the environment.
various computer courses for EEAA staff Minister said. Gender equality and the protection of these factories with the participation of the participation of representatives from key These joint ventures will be launched in allow hundreds of stranded Palastinians of the border was "humanitarian" TODAY’S EXPECTED
members, Minister George said. It also aims to help develop a strategic children are CIDA's cross-cutting themes Canadian Ambassador in Egypt and the stakeholders from Arab Abu Said. compliance with the Government plans, on both sides to cross, a Palestinian decision in "response to appeals from TEMPERATURES
environmental framework to meet applied to all projects and initiatives. He Minister of Oil Sameh Fahmi. Because of this success, other brick which promote clean development in order diplomat in Cairo said yesterday. Palestinians stuck" because of border Cairo ...............35 ......24
Egyptian-Canadian Fund environmental challenges and to plan said that the project also aims to enhance This is a responsive, demand-driven factory cluster areas may replicate this to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a According to Nabil Amr, the opening closures. Alexandria ................29 ......22
tangible environment-related investment the effectiveness of the NGO Unit in initiative in that these brick factory owners project, which included significant number of local factories and to protect the begins today. All Palestinians who need The move also followed talks on Matrouh .............29 .....21
The Egyptian Environmental Initiatives projects, he explained. supporting NGO environmental initiatives requested assistance for such a conversion elements such as technology transfer, Egyptian environment, he said. medical treatment would be allowed into Sunday between Palestinian President Port Said ................33 .....23
Fund (EEIF), he said, is considered one of at the local level through collaboration because it would enable them to meet the ecological and human-health risk In addition, the Minister said, the clean Egypt, as well as those with residency Mahmoud Abbas and Egypt's chief of Hurghada ................37 .....27
NGOs emission regulations of Environment Law assessments, and socio-economic development plans aim to reduce growth permits in Egypt or elsewhere, Amr told intelligence Omar Suleiman on the Sharm el-Sheikh ................38 .....28
the key accomplishments of Egyptian- with national and regional stakeholders.
No. 4, and to reduce the fuel costs of their assessments involving the brick factory of greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit reporters in Cairo. Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
Canadian cooperation. Minister George also said that the
The Fund, established in accordance In 2004, a new phase of cooperation project seeks to strengthen the operations. work-force and the surrounding of Egypt and Canada.
with a memorandum of understanding between Egypt and CIDA began, Minister organisational and technical capacities of The Ministry of Oil, through its communities. A special function was held
(MoU) signed by the Egyptian and George said. NGOs to initiate and sustain economically Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company for initiating these factories with the Edited by Souzan Zaki SERVICES 2 WORLD WEATHER 3 YOUR STARS 6 UPBEAT 11
Canadian governments in October 1996, With a C$5 million fund from CIDA, viable waste management. (EGas) and the local gas distribution participation of the Canadian Ambassador e-mail: SouzanZaki@yahoo.com