The various national initiatives confirm the seriousness of the Egyptian state in dealing with climate changes and stimulating the green transition in light of its hosting of the COP27 climate conference.
• National authorities are keen to continue green initiatives in light of Egypt’s commitment to environmentally friendly development work
• Great international turnout to participate in the Climatech Run competition, and the finalists will present their projects to the world on the “Youth Day” at the Climate Conference
• The participation of start-up companies in the Climate Conference will allow them to present their projects at an international level and exchange experiences to support their opportunities for expansion
• Presenting a training program from the Climatech Run competition for the winning companies in the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects
Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, participated in the activities of the national conference to announce the winning projects in the first round of the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects, which was launched under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Republic, and launched by the Ministry of Planning in cooperation with the Egyptian Presidency of the COP27 Climate Conference. The conference witnessed the attendance of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Major General Hisham Amna, Minister of Local Development, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, pioneer of the Egyptian presidency of the COP27 climate conference, and Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, And many governors and officials of the initiative and officials of international financial institutions.
In her speech, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said that the national initiative for smart green projects, which is being implemented in the various governorates of the Republic, is a pioneering initiative to achieve sustainable and smart development and deal with the environmental dimension and the effects of climate change, by developing a map of green projects at the governorate level for projects. She explained that the initiative emphasizes the seriousness of the Egyptian state in dealing with the phenomenon of climate change and the important activities and initiatives launched within the framework of Egypt’s presidency and its hosting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 conference.
The Minister of International Cooperation added that the initiative comes as a culmination of the Egyptian endeavors regarding the climate change crisis, and confronting it through the use of technology and environmentally friendly solutions, which contributes to reducing carbon emissions.
She pointed out that to complement these efforts and under the umbrella of national efforts for green transformation, the Ministry of International Cooperation, in cooperation with the Ministries of Environment and Communications and Information Technology, launched the Climatech Run2022 international competition, for startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and digital artists from all over the world, with the aim of encouraging them to participate with innovative ideas and solutions. And digital art to confront climate change and its negative repercussions.
Al-Mashat noted that Climatech Run is the largest competition in the history of climate conferences, whether in terms of the number of participants or prizes for startups, and is an example of constructive partnerships between the government, development partners, the private sector and technology companies, in order to open up prospects for climate action. For startups, it is implemented in collaboration with Google, Microsoft and development partners such as the African Export-Import Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Development Program, the World Food Program, the United States Agency for International Development, the Falak StartApps accelerators, the Entrepreneur Network and AfriLabs.
The Minister of International Cooperation pointed out that the competition witnessed the participation of more than 422 startups and entrepreneurs from 77 countries, in addition to 166 contestants in the digital art track from 52 countries, from the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, noting that the finalists will be able to present their projects in the “Youth Day” The tenth of next November, during the activities of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh.
She added that to ensure the continuity of these projects and support them to develop their ideas, a specialized training program was organized for the winning entrepreneurs in Cairo during the period from 12-15 November, with the participation of development partners and sponsoring companies. The program will also include a series of workshops, cultural visits and lectures specialized in technology and environmental sustainability. Noting that in light of the concerted national efforts in this public field, the Ministry of International Cooperation is pleased to announce that the training program will also be offered to the winning companies in the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects to benefit from international practices and encourage innovation and climate action.
The Minister of International Cooperation said that these initiatives come within an unprecedented integrative framework at the level of the countries that hosted climate conferences, with the aim of localizing climate action to ensure the benefit of all segments of society, especially youth and women, as well as reaching residents of villages and cities through smart green projects.
She stated that hosting these companies at the Climate Conference – the largest international gathering at this time – will give them the opportunity to exchange experiences and present ideas in order to support their expansion in different countries, and also enhance Egypt’s role in creating an environment for entrepreneurship and innovation and support the goals of the Egyptian presidency of the Climate Conference to support expansion efforts projects in adapting to climate change.
Al-Mashat stressed the keenness of the national authorities to continue these initiatives so that they do not stop at the COP27 climate conference, but rather the conference will be a starting point towards the continuity of these initiatives in the coming years within the framework of Egypt’s commitment to environmentally friendly development work.