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.

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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.

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SA: Work experience shouldn’t be required for youth employment – Ramaphosa

By African News Agency

Ramaphosa also called the ANC Youth League a ‘defensive shield’ for the governing party, adding they must be ‘storm troopers for non-racialism and non-sexism’.

President Cyril Ramaphosa told a crowd of African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) members today that work experience should not be a requirement for young people when applying for employment.

“Experience must not be a requirement that is used for young people to get jobs. I use the argument, which is quite logical, if we say you must have experience, where are you going to get that experience?” said Ramaphosa.

He said he would “do away with” the notion that experience was essential in the public sector and would push the private sector to follow suit.

Ramaphosa was speaking in Durban at a youth rally in honour of Peter Mokaba, who was the first youth league president after the unbanning of the ANC. Mokaba would have celebrated his 60th birthday on January 7, had he lived. He died in 2002 when he was 43 years old.

Mokaba gained international notoriety for using the slogan “kill the boer, kill the farmer” and for denying the existence of HIV.

He was appointed a deputy minister of environmental affairs and tourism by former president Nelson Mandela and was thrice voted a member of the ANC’s national executive committee. He is widely regarded as a national hero amongst many of the country’s youth for his militant stance against apartheid, for which he was imprisoned.

Ramaphosa said Mokaba embodied the values that the youth should espouse. Mokaba was a hero of his generation because he “immersed himself heart and soul into the struggle for the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa”.

Mokaba should also be used as a mirror for the youth, said Ramaphosa, as he was not scared to raise difficult questions about the direction in which the ANC and youth league were moving.

Ramaphosa said that while the youth league was autonomous, it was still part of the mother body and should be radical in generating new ideas.

“It must be militant in terms of agitating for those ideas and must always remain true to the principles of the ANC. You as the youth league must have the courage to defend the principles of the ANC at all times and advance its principles even when the environment seems hostile,” he said.

Ramaphosa called the youth league a “defensive shield” for the governing party.

“The youth league should be the storm troopers for non-racialism and non-sexism as we continue with the building of a national democratic society.”

He lauded the league for “raising the land question early on” and for fighting for free education.

“The government has had to follow behind you and say ‘yes, we will find the means’”, said Ramaphosa, adding that it had been difficult to source the money to fund free education for those from poor families.

He also commended the league for fighting for economic emancipation and said that 20 percent of those nominated onto party lists for the upcoming national election were youth.

“We have made sure young people will have 20 percent representation in parliament and legislature. It’s a start and it will keep rising,” he said.

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Ten recommendations by President Sisi in 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) closing

By Noha El Tawil

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivered a speech in the closing session of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El Sheikh whereas he announced 10 decisions in relation to recommendations by the conference’s participants.

1) Aswan is named the capital of African youth for the year 2019. This year, the MAAS will convene to examine challenges and issues.

2) Sharm El Sheikh will be the meeting point of African and Arab states integration.

3) The National Academy for Youth Training and Rehabilitation is assigned to set mechanisms to train Arab and African on leadership in the political, economic, and social realms.

4) All Arab states should conquer that the right to live is a human right, and unite to provide aid for terrorism and violence victims.

5) The formation of a research group observed by the WYF administration to study the impact of social media use to benefit from its positive effects and avoid its negative influences.

6) State institutions must collaborate with participants to set a strategy to raise awareness on water security.

7) The launch of an international initiative to train 10,000 youths on gaming and app development, and to found 100 companies in Egypt and Africa.

8) All state institutions must collaborate to establish a regional entrepreneurship centre in Egypt to provide different types of training needed.

9) The formation of a committee to run the Humanity Revival Memorial to become an international organization that preserves human values and provides support for terrorism victims.

10) The Cabinet is assigned to form a committee comprising the ministries of social solidarity and foreign affairs, and concerned state institutions to review the NGOs law holding a social dialogue and examining the experiences of other countries in that domain.

The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) concluded on Nov.6 by presenting recommendations and honoring youths who made remarkable achievements in different fields. Dozens of panel and roundtable discussions took place on Nov.4 – 5.

The opening held on Nov.3 featured four key speakers who are Yazidi Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, founder of Egyptian Streets publication Mohamed Khairat, Zondwa Mandela, and Hany Milad Hanna, son of the author of the “The Seven Pillars of Egyptian identity” book.

On the sidelines, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated the World Youth Theater, the Reviving Humanity Memorial, Start up Vein, and Freedom. E. In addition to more than 5,000 youth participants, the forum’s sessions were attended by foreign and local high profile delegates.

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World Youth Forum (WYF) success, thanks to multiple young efforts, coordinator

By Egypt Today staff

In the speech she gave at the closing session of 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF), the public coordinator of WYF, Aya Ateya, was keen to express her mixed feelings due to the closure of the International event.

Ateya expressed her happiness after saluting the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar El Bashir, as she witnesses the final day of the WYF, also she said that she feels a little upset for ending the exceptional event.

“Allow me to say that success is never an easy thing to achieve, we all know that, but through this experience I learned that no one can solely succeed, and this is the true magic of success,” Ateya said about the significant outcomes of the WYF.

The young female addressed the challenges facing the young individuals in Egypt as they are attempting to balance between their enthusiasm and common sense, a predicament faced by all generations, she explained.

“We can say that the success of the WYF is a series of successes that started with an initiative by His Excellency the President to announced 2016 a year of Egyptian youths,” Ateya added.

Ateya attributed the WYF’s success to the mass efforts exerted by several young Egyptian prodigies. Ateya praised the attendees for their contribution as well in the success of 2018 World Youth Forum.

“We can say that the success of the WYF is a series of successes that started with an initiative by His Excellency the President to announced 2016 a year of Egyptian youths,” She added.

Ateya further said that the success of the annual International event of WYF started two years earlier, when President Sisi announced that the year 2016 is the year of the youth in Egypt. Sisi’s initiative led to two significant steps, the presidential program to qualify the youth for official posts and the annual events organized by promising young individuals, added Ateya in her speech.

“I stand here today, not because I love giving speeches, on the contrary, I merely speak on behalf of a very big team that contributed to the success we witness today… all of you are part of this team,” Aya Ateya.

“The president’s initiative paved the way for the existence of the young prodigies who organized the annual World Youth Forum,” WYF Public Coordinator Aya Ateya .

Moreover, she commended the Egyptian leader’s decision to assign young people to organize the international event, as an affirmation to the responsibility he lays in young people.

“The World Youth Forum was created to tell youths all over the world that their time has time,… when Mr. President decided to sponsor the conference and send the invitations under his name, he was telling world leaders that the time for young people has come.”

Ateya concluded her speech by promising the continuation of the international event, as long as communication between the youth all over the world lasts.

“There is no such thing as an easy success, you must encounter obstacles, and even if you had to start all over again, all these pressures will make you search within your inner self to reveal and harness your true potential and strength to move on and succeed.”

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Sisi calls for establishment of African Youth City in Egypt

By Lolwa Reda

During a session titled, “How do we build future leaders?”, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for the establishment of an African Youth City in Egypt as part of the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum.

The city, Sisi explained, would not only allow African youths to participate in international conferences in Egypt but will also receive African youths throughout the year.

The aim of establishing the Youth City of Africa in Egypt is to talk with the youth of the African continent and to qualify them for leading positions, explained the Egyptian President.

“Egypt is interested in the experiences of the youths and its success,” Sisi said, continuing, “We will make one of the recommendations that we make this the ‘City for African Youths,’ as suggested during this session. I hope that the committee that puts down the recommendations, put this recommendation.”

The second annual edition of the WYF will tackle two main axes: peace and development. The forum will bring together 5,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

The axis of development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.
The WYF 2018 agenda

According to the agenda of the World Youth Forum, on Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the “agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” and “Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World.”

The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on Friday, November 2. The actual discussion sessions are planned to start on November 4, where participants will discuss a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.

On November 5, the sessions will tackle the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges.

The forum’s closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018’s recommendations will take place on Nov. 6.

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Egypt: President Sisi Decries Religious Discrimination When Launching World Youth Forum

By Mohammed Nabil Helmi

Egyptian President Abdulfattah al-Sisi rejected on Saturday all forms of discrimination, extremism and racism, calling on world leaders and influential international institutions to cooperate to rid the world of conflicts, poverty, diseases and illiteracy.

He made his remarks during the launch of the second World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh. More than 5,000 young men and women from 145 countries attended the event, as well as Nobel peace prize winner Nadia Murad.

Sisi said Egyptians reject crimes committed by extremist groups around the world.

He addressed Murad, the Yazidi human rights activist, who condemned terrorist organizations and expressed solidarity with Egypt in its war against terrorism.

“I tell Nadia, that the first recommendation of the forum would be a call on the world to acknowledge the crimes committed by ISIS and terrorist organizations,” he said.

Murad was kidnapped by ISIS with around 1,000 other Yazidi women and children from their village of Kojo in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq in 2014 before later escaping.

The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake also attended the forum and said it was an opportunity for the world’s youth to meet and exchange ideas and expertise.

“The youth can contribute to changing and developing their countries through participation in projects and exchange of expertise,” she said, citing UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ launch of the UN Youth Strategy 2030.

This year’s forum revolved around a vision inspired by The Seven Pillars of the Egyptian Identity, a book by late Coptic writer Milad Hanna.

Milad’s son, Hany, delivered the opening remarks at the forum and said his father believed in the importance of respecting religious pluralism in society, considering it the foundation of a civil state governed by citizenship rights.

Hany said his father would have advised the youths of today to accept one another and honoring diversity.

Before launching the forum, Sisi met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas and his accompanying delegation. Both men discussed the need to unify Palestinian ranks.

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019

By MENA

Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019

By MENA

Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

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Egypt: Japan for Sustainability praises World Youth Forum (WYF) organization

By Egypt Today staff

Youth of Japan for Sustainability group (JFS) praised on Nov. 3 the outstanding organization of the World Youth Forum (WYF) and its logo.
The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) will convene in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh from Nov. 3- 6 with the participation of thousands of youths.

The WYF administration received more than 35,000 applications from youth coming from 165 countries to participate in the forum, the administration previously announced.

Some 30 percent of applicants come from Africa and Arab countries, while 70 percent of the applying youth are from other countries, the statement added.

The administration opened a live chat for direct communication with the youth, who were interested in attending the forum to help solve technical problems they may face during registration.

The WYF in its second annual version will tackle two main axes: peace and development.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism issues, and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The theme of the development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.

An Arab-African Summit Simulation Model will be held on the sidelines of the forum, as recommended during the African Union Simulation Model held in May 2018 as part of the activation of the recommendations of the 2017 World Youth Forum.

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