Egyptian youth and sports ministry announces new leadership fellowship for young Africans

By English.ahram.org.eg (Azugbene Solomon)

The Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced it will implement the new Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership, which will take place from 8 to 22 June in Cairo.

The fellowship targets 100 young leaders from the African Union member states, including decision-makers in the government sector, executive leaders in the private sector, civil society activists, heads of national councils for youth, faculty members at universities, researchers in strategic research centres, members of trade unions, and journalists.

The aim of the fellowship is to transfer the long-established Egyptian experience in national institution-building and to create a new generation of transformational African leadership, whose vision is in line with the orientations of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union.

The fellowship is one of the mechanisms to implement the Million by 2021 initiative, launched to empower and develop young people in Africa by building the capacities of one million young Africans in the areas of education, employment, entrepreneurship and participation by 2021.

The fellowship also comes in 2019, which President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has said will be the year of education.

Participants must be Africans; Egyptian citizens and residents are excluded.

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World Bank Supports Job Creation for Youths and Women in Egypt through $200 Million Investment

By Rinchi

The World Bank supports youth and women entrepreneurship in Egypt through a $200 million investment. This investment will go to youth and women-led startups and increase their financial access.

The project is called Catalyzing Entrepreneurship for Job Creation and will channel US$245 million through non-bank financial institutions which will offer loans to small businesses led by youths and women in the country.

Besides youth and women businesses, it also targets first-time borrowers and small businesses in the underserved regions across the country. The project also uncovers coaching opportunities to help them build the necessary skills and capacity to strive for success.

Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation: “Our partnership with the World Bank Group aims to empower Egyptian women and youth to become successful entrepreneurs. This is an investment that offers many opportunities to improve the livelihoods of Egyptians through job creation and contributing a solid foundation for the country’s economy.”

The World Bank’s project investment in Egypt aims at increasing the supply of seed, early-stage, and venture capital for startups and SMEs with high potential for growth and job creation.

The project succeeds the ongoing “Promoting Innovation for Inclusive Financial Access” which support SMEs by providing access to finance and promoting job creation in the country’s private sector. Today, the project has created approximately 300,000 jobs and around 70,000 women and 56,000 youths are benefited from it.

Source Tech In Africa

Egypt: Wounded Ahly seeking some solace in Egyptian league

Ahly, licking their wounds following a humiliating 5-0 African Champions League defeat, are seeking some solace in the Egyptian Premier League as they meet Maqassa on Wednesday.

The Red Devils suffered their worst ever defeat in an African competition after being embarrassed in Pretoria as South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns put one foot in the Champions League semis.

Barring a miraculous comeback in Saturday’s second leg, Ahly, who lost in the final of the previous two Champions League editions, will exit the prestigious competition that they last won in 2013.

That will leave them with only two domestic titles to fight for, including the league where they are locked in a tight battle with bitter Cairo rivals Zamalek.

With only two points separating them from leaders Zamalek, Ahly are aware they can ill-afford to drop any points at this crucial stage of the season.

They will move top, at least temporarily, should they beat Maqassa on Wednesday. Zamalek meet Masry one day later.

“I’m responsible for the result against Sundowns and I’m determined to change that situation as soon as possible,” Ahly coach Martin Lasarte said on the club’s official website.

“All of us, including me and the players, will do our best to make up for this cruel defeat,” the Uruguayan added.

Maqassa, who lie fifth in the table with 42 points from 26 matches, drew three of their past five games, winning twice.

Lasarte opted to leave Marwan Mohsen and playmaker Nasser Maher out of Ahly’s squad for the game. Key left-back Ali Maaloul and Angolan winger Geraldo are also out due to automatic suspension.

Ahly comfortably won the reverse league fixture 3-0 in January.

Source Abram Online

Youth’s role in achieving peace

By Ekleel Badr Sallam

As a young Saudi woman, I am glad to be part of such a tremendous forum that believes in youth’s role in achieving peace, development and creativity for the world; a forum that prepares members of the current generation to become the leaders of the future, ensuring and maintaining the coexistence between all communities.

Regardless of religious, cultural and language differences, the world’s youth face similar challenges and obstacles. Therefore, cooperation between young people is essential for the development of their countries through the exchange of knowledge and awareness.

The Arab and African Youth Platform was a three-day event that took place from 16 to 18 March 2019 in Aswan, Egypt. The city of Aswan is proof that Egypt benefited from colonization while maintaining its language, culture and traditions and is now one of the world’s largest tourist attractions.

In preparing the younger generations, the forum held roundtable discussions and workshops to maintain and enhance cooperation between current leaders and young promising future leaders.

The World Youth Forum opens dialogue on topics of interest to international youth. It engages youth and allows them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers, influential figures and policymakers.

In the wake of massive advancements in the field of technology, international issues dominate media and are of global concern. Therefore, young people should be aware of international relations that draw on contributions from politics, history, media, sociology, law, ideas, societies and economics. Young people need to acquire the skills of diplomacy to debate and discuss issues internationally.

Youth unity is a must to create solutions to reduce pollution and poverty in all parts of the world, as well as to focus on enhancing coexistence through sharing common interests and similarities.

After personally meeting Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, I believe that more forums will provide a platform for proactive international youth to unite in shaping a message of humanity, peace, progress and harmony.

Source Saudi Gazette

Egypt hopes to transfer its experience with youth, development to Africa

By Egypt Today staff

Egypt hopes to transfer its experience in organizing youth conferences to the African countries, presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said on Monday.

He added in statements to the national television that Egypt aspires to enhance its cooperation with Africa on several levels including youth and development.

“President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi prioritizes youth as they aspire to establish a prosperous future,” Radi explained.

He added that Egypt established more than one model of youth conferences. “Three years ago, we called for organizing local youth conferences in different cities and governorates all over the country; then we established the World Youth Forum in November 2017 for the first time, and finally we witnessed inaugurating the Arab and African youth Forum in 2019,” Radi said.

The Arab and African youth forum comes in light of carrying out the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2018. At the closing ceremony of the WYF, President Sisi named Aswan the capital of African Youths in 2019.

At the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa on February 10, President Sisi, who is currently heading the African Union, invited heads and presidents of African countries to attend the forum.

President Sisi has commissioned the National Academy for Training and Rehabilitation of Youth with setting executive mechanisms for training the African youth in the economic, political and social levels, said Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in a statement on December 2, 2018.

Source Egypt Today

Youth conferences great opportunity for interaction among youths – Sisi

17 March 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi voiced hope for maintaining the convocation of the youth conference in Egypt every three months in order to find a platform for dialogue among youths and reach tangible results.

The President asserted that Egypt was in dire need of a program to qualify youths for leadership. Afterwards, the presidential program for training youths was floated and an agreement was reached with a national academy to work on such training and depend on the qualified youths in various jobs in the state especially in high positions.

The academy is now up and running and its graduates would certainly benefit the government and administrative State bodies, he added.

Egypt faces political, economic and security challenges, not different from those facing fellow Arab and African nations, he said, noting that they all should be firmly confronted.

He pressed the need for more dialogue and interaction among all stakeholders in any country, especially youths, noting that many ideas which had been raised at the first youth forum were implemented.

“Scientific research is an industry; its components could be available in Egypt and other countries. But this does not mean its efficiency is similar to that in developed countries.” he said.

However, the possibility of having intellectual minds is higher in our countries as we have large number of manpower, he said.

We try to give opportunities to youth through quality education to use his mental powers to distinguish. Even if he couldn’t get the chance in his country, he can seek it in another country for the sake of humanity. We should not be selfish dealing with cadres.”he added.

The Arab and African Youth Forum launches in Aswan on Saturday, and set to last for three days until March 18 under the patronage of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The forum will tackle topics such as the future of scientific research and health care, the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.

The forum’s agenda revolves around Arab and African subjects of concern in light of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union in 2019. The Youth forum’s activities include open discussions, workshops, seminars and round tables gathering senior officials, decision-makers and a large number of young people from all over Africa.

Source Egypt Today