Egypt's cabinet has approved a new state award for young creators and intellectuals, as well as a bill modifying an intellectual property law which also addresses the younger generation of innovators.
Since 1958, Egypt's creators, intellectuals and innovators with a significant portfolio of achievements have been eligible for four state prizes: the Encouragement Award, the Appreciation Award, the Excellence Award, and the Nile Award, with the latter being the highest.
The new State Award for Young Creators will extend the state's recognition to the youngest generation of innovators, and will be awarded to those under 18.
The changes to the law on intellectual property will allow those who are less than 21 years old to register their intellectual contributions for EGP 100, a reduction from previous fees of EGP 1000.
In an official press release, Culture Minister Ines Abdel Dayem thanked Justice Minister Omar Marwan for supporting the two laws "which reflect the state’s commitment to supporting the youth and encouraging them to present various works in the fields of culture and arts."
“This step is an important achievement during El-Sisi's presidency, supporting the citizens' right to arts and culture, protecting their creative right and encouraging them as creators," she added.
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