Finally, I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks to Vice-President Lambertz and the friends of the Committee of the Regions for making this agreement a reality. With goodwill, clear ambitions and a strong commitment to cooperation, I look forward to taking the next steps towards our common goal of better health and just well-being for all in the region. I would like once again to congratulate myself on the signing of the framework contract and the concession contract for the Phase II communication towers project. Under the agreement signed today, the two universities will collaborate and develop curricula in several important and emerging fields of study, including cybersecurity and forensics. In the long term, this agreement is not only cooperation in education, but also a contribution to relations between Hungary and the United States. It will strengthen the capacity of the Hungarian judicial and judicial system through the introduction of high-tech crime investigation techniques and methods in the United States, through competitive and practical training for future prosecutors and police officers, as well as further training for senior officials. I am pleased to be here today at the Committee of the Regions and to sign an agreement to formalise and deepen the partnership between our two organisations. It is a great honour for me to be with you on this occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Education Cooperation between the Australian Taipei Bureau of Trade and Industry and the Taipei Ministry`s Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations (BICER). It is a great pleasure for me to participate today in this signing ceremony. Allow me at the outset, on behalf of the Government of the People`s Republic of China, to warmly congratulate your Excellency, the Government and the people of Zambia on the signing of the Framework Agreement on the “Communication Towers Phase II” project. This is indeed a happy opportunity, as this project marks a new stage in the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Zambia. We have to admit that we have been talking about Africa`s land fertility crisis for a long time.
You must also acknowledge that we have all been tired of the rhetoric and meetings on soil degradation, the resulting loss of soil nutrients and the critical effects on food insecurity on the continent, when strong action is needed and should be taken. This is the purpose of the cooperation between the AUC and the IFDC. I`m glad that today, dr. Amit Roy, President and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), for the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding between the African Union Commission and the IFDC. This agreement is an important step in our ongoing cooperation. For years, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Committee of the Regions have focused on promoting local participation in health issues, including through the Healthy Cities project and the Regions for Health network. . . .