In 1995, Egypt and the United States of America signed an agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation which makes one of only four countries in the world that has a funded bilateral science and technology cooperation agreement with the United States. Yesterday August 31, 2021. the United States ambassador to Egypt Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen and Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research Affairs Dr. Yasser Refaat Abdelfattah extended the U.S.- Egypt Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation for five years at a signing ceremony.
This agreement in the vital area of science and technology is yet another testimony to the depth and breadth of the U.S.-Egypt relationship, which ranges from security and military partnership to economic development, commerce, cultural heritage preservation and education. The United States boasts the top governmental and private science and technology research institutions in the world and we are delighted to continue to partner with Egypt to expand S&T initiatives and our collective knowledge and capacity, said Ambassador Cohen.
The U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund (the Joint Fund) promotes collaboration between American and Egyptian scientists to address development challenges and promote economic growth and entrepreneurship in applied scientific research and technology commercialization. This program and its research are focused on critical areas such as health, agriculture, energy, and water. Results of the Joint Fund include high-impact scientific research, extensive collaboration between American and Egyptian public and private sector institutions, and innovative training for the next generation of male and female scientists as well as young entrepreneurs. A joint board composed of U.S. and Egyptian representatives governs the fund.
Today, we are witnessing not only a typical agreement renewal ceremony but rather a life demonstration of how dedication and synergies between teams with seas and oceans apart can beat so many challenges and realize the sought goals. Our ceremony today indeed represents another milestone in our road of strategic partnership between Egypt and U.S. in Science, Technology and Innovation, paving the way for more achievement and reinforcing partnership between Egypt and USA. We would like to see the continuation of our joint efforts for building a long-term and strategic partnership between researchers and research organizations in Egypt and the United States, said Deputy Minister Dr. Abdelfattah.