National Dialogue resumes sessions, discusses special committees for proposals to President Sisi: Rashwan

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jul 2023

Egypt’s National Dialogue’s Board of Trustees, which resumed meetings on Wednesday, will discuss forming special committees to finalize proposals to be submitted to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Diaa Rashwan, the dialogue’s general coordinator, said.

Diaa Rashwan
File Photo: General Coordinator of the National Dialogue Diaa Rashwan. Al-Ahram


Rashwan made his remarks during a TV interview via Extra News channel on Tuesday.

“The National Dialogue has come a long way in discussing various issues and it is time to respond and file proposals to El-Sisi,” he added.

The committees will finalize the agreed-upon proposals that will be presented to the president for approval or referred to the relevant institutions, Rashwan explained.

The dialogue’s board will also prepare on Wednesday the agenda for the final phase of the upcoming sessions, as they were put on hold during the Eid break.

Rashwan reaffirmed that the National Dialogue is currently at the top of Egypt's priorities, stressing that the dialogue created a space for interaction between different currents and forces.

He also explained that the National Dialogue represents a bridge between the country’s efforts in development and the society, and achieves integration between parties, media and the government.

Earlier in June,  Rashwan said that the National Dialogue has approved up to five significant topics for El-Sisi to review.

Among the agreed-upon topics are the cooperatives law, the establishment of an anti-discrimination commission and financial guardianship measures.

"The discussion of topics of consensus was prompted by President El-Sisi's inquiry during a presentation by Counsellor Mahmoud Fawzi, the secretary-general of the National Dialogue," according to Rashwan.

He noted that three more files, approved by El-Sisi, will be included on the legislative agenda.

Moreover, Rashwan clarified that El-Sisi will submit these topics to parliament for further consideration. The cooperatives and financial guardianship laws will be amended, while a new draft law will be proposed for the anti-discrimination commission, he explained.

Egypt's National Dialogue kicked off in May, bringing together a wide range of participants from political forces, civil society groups, professional and labour unions, as well as public figures to discuss crucial political, economic and social issues of public concern.

Till now, 50 sessions have been conducted, taking place three days per week (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday) and dedicated to political, economic, and social axes, respectively. 

The sessions tackled more than 60 issues across the social, political and economic committees, chief among which are parliament electoral system law, municipalities elections laws, guardianship law and cooperatives law.

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