Introduction

General Department for International Organizations and Conferences
 

The formation of the Domestic FAO Liaison Committee in October 1950 was the core upon which the Central Administration for Foreign Agricultural Relations has been created in its present condition. Thus, General Department for International Organizations and Conferences, is accounted as one of the most significant of the four General Departments affiliated to the Foreign Agricultural Relations, as it performs a vital and effective connecting role between the Egyptian Government with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), African Development Fund (ADF) and other regional and UN affiliated agencies.
The General Department of International Organizations and Conferences includes (4) departments:

  1. Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization
  2. Department of International Organizations and Conferences:
  3. Department of Food Aid
  4. Department of International Financial Funds.

General Department of International Organizations and Conferences
The General Department of International Organizations and Conferences includes (4) departments. Apart of the Department of International Financing Funds, it includes the following Departments:

1- Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization:
It conducts liaison with the Food and Agriculture Organization and undertakes secretarial tasks of the FAO National Liaison Committee. In particular it carries out the following tasks:

  • Examines and sets comments on documents concerning the meetings of FAO Council and its emerging Committees also those of the FAO General Conference which elaborates the general policy to be committed by the Organization throughout two years round so as to set respective cooperation programs, it also takes over respective measures for the participation of Egyptian delegations into those meetings and supplying them with necessary information to make advantage of available funds.
  • Liaison with the National FAO Representation Office in Cairo and also the Organization's Near East Regional Office to coordinate between them and the concerned respective government authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture and the agricultural sector and other connected ministries that take advantage of FAO activities in Egypt.
  • Conducts respective measures for the participation of delegates from concerned government authorities in the Ministry and other Ministries in such events as consultations, seminars, conferences, workshops and meetings which are organized by FAO locally and abroad.
  • Conducts necessary clearance measures for the recruitment of Egyptian individuals at the organization or other countries abroad through contracts with FAO or UN affiliated agencies.
  • Joint coordination and follow up with FAO of TCP (Technical Cooperation Program) projects that are implemented in Egypt so as to make advantage of the financial aids and rendering international experts to come, the matter that has left its positive impacts on the national agricultural development programs.
  • Liaison with UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and formulates in coordination with government technical authorities, the program of projects of the agricultural sector to be financed in every UNDP round, moreover, monitoring, implementation and assessment of such projects, also management of various field visit programs to UNDP delegates with project managers and other institutions.

Number of personnel at the Department: Two (2), in addition to the Director, Mr. Ashraf Ahmed Abdel-Ghaffar.
2- Department of International Organizations and Conferences:
It conducts liaison with all governmental and nongovernmental international organizations deemed responsible for agricultural affairs except Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP). In particular it carries out the following tasks:

  • Coordination with International organization in respect of implementing other activities related to agriculture and promotes all possible means of cooperation to take advantage of their existence for the progress of agricultural development programs in Egypt.
  • Coordination with local concerned authorities to formulate, follow up and evaluate programs and projects implemented jointly with those organizations and various financial agencies that operate within the frame of driving research towards progress and development.
  • Managing the participation of Egypt in international agricultural conferences, and cooperation with respective government authorities to formulate studies and necessary directives to Egyptian delegations for the participation in such conferences and taking over all measures in this respect, along with the provision of the Ministry's respective policies to delegations with a view to make advantage of the participation and presence of Egypt at the international level.
  • Conducts all such operations as organizing, taking measures, managing, and preparations to hold international agricultural conferences in Egypt or internal agricultural conferences held in Egypt, except those lies within the jurisdiction of FAO.

Number of personnel at the Department: Three (3), in addition to the Director, Mr. Adel Shaaban Abdel-Ghaffar.
3- Department of Food Aid:
It conducts liaison with the World Food Program (WFP). In particular it carries out the following tasks:

  • Cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Consolidation and other related respective agencies to ensure the cash and kind subscription of Egypt to the UN World Food Program (WFP), and follow up and notify the WFP Office in Cairo to take necessary measures in that respect.
  • Contributes with concerned ministries and state authorities to the preparation of respective studies concerning the contribution of the UN WFP in the agricultural, rural and social development projects, food aid projects and food emergency projects that are financed by the program, moreover, follow up implementation and assessment of those projects.
  • Handles the participation of Egypt into the meetings of the Committee of Food Aid Policies, the governmental body of WFP, it provides the participating Egyptian delegation with necessary directives, and follows up the findings of meetings and makes advantage of the program's policies by supporting various concerned government agencies with the WFP supplied aid.
  • Receives and prepares studies concerning WFP and receives progress reports of operations in the projects jointly implemented by the Ministry and the Program and also the documents incoming from the Program to be abridged and conveyed to the Program Office in Egypt or its headquarters.
  • Supervises the circulation of publications issued by the UN WFP to various beneficiary agencies in Egypt.

Number of personnel at the Department: Two (2), in addition to the Director, Ms. Halah Mohamed Hagras.