KUWAIT, – The special envoy of Kuwait’s Amir, Amiri Diwan Advisor, Mohammad Abulhassan, stressed the importance of establishing a medical centre in the African Union (AU) headquarters, Addis Ababa, through a donation by the Amir, which will reflect greatly on Kuwaiti-African partnership.

Abulhassan’s remarks came, in a speech during a ceremony organised by the AU Commission, marking the occasion of the opening of the centre, in the Ethiopian capital this morning.

The ceremony was attended by President of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, members of the credited diplomatic missions in Ethiopia, and the centre’s medical staff.

Abulhassan added, the opening ceremony was for the first phase of the centre, pointing out that this facility will provide services to all AU members, in addition to members participating in African summits held in Ethiopia.

The Special envoy noted, the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, pledged to also support and finance the second phase of the centre, which will be critical because it would be to create a part of the centre for early warning of diseases and epidemics, pointing out that the centre will be operational in 2018.

He further pointed out that, an international committee has been formed to select the best studies in the medical field and economy. The winning studies will be honoured at the fourth African-Arab summit, to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea at the end of this month.

The Amiri Diwan advisor said, such initiatives represent a sign of appreciation by the Amir, the Kuwaiti government and people, to the African Continent, as well as, gratitude for Africa and its support to Kuwait, during the Iraqi invasion in 1990.

Abulhassan explained, Kuwait will continue to be a strong supporter for development in Africa, whether through the state, Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), or other institutions.

For her part, AU commission chief, Zuma, expressed appreciation for the significant support provided by Kuwait to the Union, especially in the infrastructure, economy and investment fields.

Zuma added that, the opening of the first phase of the medical centre reaffirms the commitment by the Amir to Africa, and all sorts of support in various fields of development, noting that Kuwait is the main partner of the AU.

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU, Rashid Al-Hajri, said, the opening of the centre is considered a “historic event.”

Al-Hajri added, the centre will be equipped with 13 units and will include 52 medical staff members.

Source: Nam News Network