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CAIRO, May 22, 2018 - “Africa Week 2018,” organised by Egypt’s permanent delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) started on Tuesday. It is set to run until Friday at the organisation’s Paris headquarters.

Egypt’s Ambassador to France and its permanent delegate to UNESCO, Ihab Badawy, launched the event. It is held under the theme, “Intangible Heritage: Joy and Pride of Africa”.

The Egyptian ambassador, who is also the head of the organising committee, spoke at the inauguration. He said that the African weeks at UNESCO have become, over the years, a major cultural event. They not only highlight Africa’s treasures but further raise awareness of the other UNESCO groups and get them to know more about Africa.

Badawy expressed the hope that more African files would be put on the agenda in the coming years with the aim of preserving such a heritage.

During the opening ceremony, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, inspected the Egyptian pavilion to get acquainted with the Pharaonic artefacts and Egypt’s traditional customs and handicrafts.

For a week, the Africa group at UNESCO, will highlight the richness of the heritage and cultural diversity of Africa through various activities. Exhibitions, conferences, film screenings, African gastronomy and many other activities.

By: Gazette Staff

CAIRO, May 1, 2018 – Egypt celebrated "Africa Day" on Tuesday on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the African Union (AU). The ceremony, which was organised by the Ministry of Sports, was attended by a group of African students pursuing their studies in Egypt, a number of young people from African communities,  diplomats and representatives of some foreign bodies.

The African Liver Patients Association (ALPA) took part in the event with a medical convoy which carried out medical checks on young Africans taking part in the ceremony as part of its role of increasing awareness of liver diseases and offering ways of disease prevention.

Taking part in the medical convoy was a group of medical specialists. Sayed Megahed, a researcher at ALPA, said that the association also seeks to help African students adopt preventative methods against hepatitis C in order to reduce the percentage of sufferers in African countries.