Egypt’s National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons (NCCIM&TIP) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) within the framework of launching the strategic partnership between the two parties under the umbrella of the “Third National Action Plan for Combating Irregular Migration ( 2021-2023) of the National Committee.”
The MoU that was inked by H.E. Ambassador Naela Gabr, the head of NCCIM&TIP, and Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, will provide the platform for a strategic relationship between Egypt’s government and UNICEF, in various aspects from the protection of immigrant children to the young people who are victims of trafficking in person crimes.
In her address at the signing ceremony, Gabr said: ” The MoU we are signing today aims to confirm the Egyptian state’s interest in child protection issues, especially unaccompanied children, in light of the growing trend that the world is witnessing.”
“It’s necessary to start a strategic cooperation between NCCIM&TIP and UNICEF in the field of addressing irregular migration because of the great capabilities and expertise of the two entities, which contributes to providing prevention and protection for children from the dangers of irregular migration,” she affirmed.
On his part, Jeremy indicated, “This strategic partnership with NCCIM&TIP is particularly important as a culmination of all efforts made during the last years and as we reiterate our commitments to support the prevention of irregular migration and trafficking in persons, especially of children and youth.”
Through this program, we will be able to support critical elements of the Egyptian government’s third National Action Plan for Combating Illegal Migration (2021-2023) under which the MoU that we are announcing today,” will be operational,” he continued.
Hopkins conclude his speech by thanking the USAID and the Denmark’s Embassy, the Italian Agency for Development and Swiss Development Cooperation for their continuous support and cooperation as partners in children developments.