Sisi attends HNAP’s awarding ceremony in Yokohama

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on Friday the awarding ceremony of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize (HNAP).

The ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) that wrapped up its activities in Japan’s Yokohama city on Friday, with African leaders’ participation.

Giving a word at the ceremony, President Sisi congratulated Emperor of Japan Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in April.

He also thanked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his invitation to attend the ceremony.

He further underlined that the first awarding ceremony of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize (HNAP) was in 2008, adding it coincided with the fourth TICAD summit.

President Sisi said that he would like to seize this opportunity to congratulate the two African doctors; Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, the General Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Research and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kinshasa, and Executive Director of African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation Francis Gervase Omaswa, who won the award.

Muyembe-Tamfum receives the award under the medical research category, and Omaswa receive an award under the medical services category, according to the AU.

President Sisi stressed that fighting endemic and infectious diseases in Africa is a top priority on the agenda of the African Union and its member states.

The Japanese government established the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in July 2006 in memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) whose belief in medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa remain a beacon of inspiration to all.

Source: State Information Service Egypt