The CAF Headquarters Agreement received the approval of the Egyptian house of representatives at its session on Monday, 8 June as the agreement completes the final legislative procedure before going into effect for another decade.
The ten-year hosting agreement between the controlling body for African football associations the Egyptian government will see CAF and its staff benefit from a number of advantages, immunities and privileges in Egypt, similar to those granted to other international organisations and diplomatic missions.
This includes immunity from taxes paid by foreign companies in the country.
“Today is a great day for African football. Finally, we have come to the end of a long journey that will shape the future of African football. Egypt has always been home to CAF and we are proud to formalize another extension of the Headquarters Agreement,” said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.
“Personally, I express my gratitude to the Egyptian Authorities led by His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for the commitment towards making the agreement a reality,”
In the past, several non-Egyptian staff of CAF worked in Egypt without having full rights, which created several immigration difficulties.
CAF officials say that the lack of a formal agreement has made it particularly difficult to hire staff from other African countries, as they need to be given work permits, which are very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.
The CAF Headquarters have been in Egypt since its formation in 1957.
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