64th Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution
Statement of His Excellency Ambassador Sherif Naguib, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of the 23rd of July, 1952
27 July 2016
It gives me unique honor and great pleasure to welcome you to the premises of the Egyptian Embassy. Thank you all for coming. Today, we commemorate together the 64th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. July 23rd, 1952 was a defining moment in our modern history.
Photo: Ambassador Sherif Naguib of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria pictured with Mr Chris Hlabisa, Acting Director-General of the Department of Transport of SA at the reception
The revolution paved the way ahead adopting a set of comprehensive reforms. Such reforms resulted in fundamental changes in the country’s political, economic and social life.
Equally important, our glorious revolution has entrenched the bonds of friendship and brotherhood between Egypt and its African sisters.
It initiated the Egyptian championship of Liberation Movements across Africa. Cairo was home to scores of African leaders in exile. It provided liberation movements with extensive military and political support.
In addition, Egypt accorded a tangible media and press coverage to the African struggle against colonialism. All these efforts succeeded in keeping the African issue alive in the mindset of all freedom loving peoples across the globe.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Few days ago marked the third anniversary of the Revolution of June 30th, 2013. It has highly flown the flags of freedom, dignity and justice. Moreover, it has revealed the strong commitment and resilience of the Egyptian people, and government as well, to uplift their nation and to overcome all challenges till achieving the renaissance that we all are looking for.
As a result, recent statistics clearly reflect positive economic outlook of Egypt over the period 2016-2020. GDP growth rate has been projected at more than 4% on average over the period 2016-2020.
This continuing growth is fueled by the myriad of efforts of the Egyptian government to improve the business environment to be more highly attractive to foreign direct investments. Moreover, economic growth will be further reinforced by prospects of political stability and initiation of mega projects.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
The Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of South Africa are bound with strong and cordial historic relationships. Egypt had strongly backed South Africans in their heroic struggle against Apartheid, by military training and political and diplomatic campaigns at the international arena. Both Egypt and South Africa share a common commitment towards attaining prosperity, dignity and welfare, not only for their citizens but also for all Africans.
I would like to seize this opportunity to reiterate that Egypt perceives its relationship with South Africa as an integrated cornerstone of its African policy. It is only by boosting our bilateral relations, and joining efforts that we can benefit the African continent.
I strongly belief that under the leadership of His Excellency President ABDEL FATAH ELSISY and His Excellency President Jacob Zuma the bilateral relations, dialogue and cooperation between our countries will grow stronger.
Such spirit of cooperation has been reaffirmed by both leaders on different occasions and several telephonic consultations. The years ahead will definitely witness further significant developments in this regard.
As I come to the end of my tour of duty in South Africa, I would like to express my sincere thanks to our South African brothers for their assistance during the last four years to boost the relationship between our two countries and to bring it to a higher level.
Finally, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude for the Embassy staff and technical offices for the excellent organization of this event.
Embassy of Egypt in South Africa