ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (ENA)―A medical center of the African Union renovated with over 1. 7 million USD was inaugurated in the premises of African Union Commission’s Headquarter yesterday.
Speaking during the inauguration, Chairperson of African Union Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Kuwait medical service delivery system will go a long way to address the health care delivery gaps at African Union.
She added that “this project is an important practical and symbolic gesture of the spirit of solidarity, friendship and partnership between the State of Kuwait and the African Union”.
According to her, Africa has “a growing portfolio of investment and infrastructure development through the Kuwait Fund and more broadly with the Arab community’’.
The chairperson indicated that in the context of Agenda 2063, cooperation between Afro-Arab cooperation and bilateral cooperation between Kuwait and African member have furthermore focused on areas such as scientific research, food security, trade and investment, development of infrastructure as well as enhancing the role of women in development.
Special Advisor to the Emir of Kuwait, Mohammad Abulhassan said the renovated medical center is funded by Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.
The medical center will serve diplomats of AU member countries, delegates who come to attend summits in the AUC Headquarters, and employees of the union.
He stated that Kuwait has a desire to strengthen its multifaceted relations with Africa; and this was witnessed by pledging one billion USD loan under the Kuwait Fund to support Africa’s development projects in 2013.
Mohammad Abulhassan indicated that Kuwait is working with the World Bank and IMF for the implementation of the pledge and finance various development projects in Africa.
In addition to the presently inaugurated medical center, Kuwait has plans to fund Africa’s disease early warning system, the special advisor revealed.
Mohammad Abulhassan said the support has made in the sense of gratitude for the solidarity African countries shown for Kuwait when it was invaded by Iraqi forces in 1990.
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