Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first forum for Arab and African consulting engineers got underway in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, according to the organisers, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).
The two-day forum, which was opened by Egyptian minister for International Cooperation, Dr.
Fayza Abu Al-Naja, involved participants from Arab and African countries, including 50 consulting engineers' firms, ambassadors based in Cairo, representatives of the Coordination Group of Arab Development Funds and other prominent figures, according to a BADEA press release received here Thursday.
Speakers at the forum included Ahmed Abdallah el-Akeil, BADEA board chairman, and BADEA director-general, Abdelaziz Khelef, who presented papers on the role being played by the Bank in Africa's development, its rules and procedures for the procurement of goods and services, and how to instigate the participation of Arab and African consulting engineers in sub-Saharan Africa development projects.
The Forum, according to BADEA, aims at offering a platform where Arab and African consulting engineers could meet and exchange views on different issues relating to consulting services- including offering joint services- and to open new avenues for Afro-Arab cooperation in the area of consulting services.
Also, the forum provided an opportunity to introduce BADEA, a funding agency dedicated to development in Africa and supporting Afro-Arab cooperation, to the engineers.