World Youth Forum a great opportunity to empower youth: Egypt’s emigration minister

MENA , Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Jan 2022

Egypt’s Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram said on Sunday that the Word Youth Forum (WYF) is an ample opportunity to empower the youth and explain all efforts exerted in recent years to forge a better future for young people.

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Youth attending a workshop held on Sunday on the sidelines of preparations for the opening of the 4th edition of the World Youth Forum be to held from 10 to 13 January 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The WYF is an annual event in Egypt, first launched in 2017, to bring the world’s youth together to promote dialogue and discuss development issues. 

The WYF is attended by a wide range of participants, including heads of state, international youth leaders, inspiring youths in various fields, prominent international figures, and youth groups from around the world.

Makram attended on Sunday a workshop held under the title Decent Life, amid preparations to launch the fourth edition of the WYF in the Red Sea Resort City of Sharm El-Sheikh from 10-13 January, under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Minister Makram lauded the role of Egyptian expatriates in contributing to promulgating the goals of the Decent Life Initiative to upgrade and develop Egyptian rural areas nationwide.

The initiative, which was officially inaugurated in July 2021, aims to improve the standards of living, infrastructure, and basic services, including healthcare, across the countryside. It covers 4,658 villages across the country, which are home to 58 percent of Egypt’s 102.75 million population, with an estimated budget of EGP 700 billion (about $44.6 billion).

Makram added that Egyptian expatriates are an effective part of the sustainable development equation and key partners to development ventures launched in the various Egyptian governorates.

Challenges impeding development efforts in a number of countries figured high during the meeting's discussions.

At the end of the workshop, participants brought forward a number of practical recommendations on the possibility of applying the Decent Life development approach in a number of countries around the world.

Proposals included restructuring of state resources, wise financial management, supporting a green economy, laying down a model for each country to measure development indices, and forming an African youth committee to transfer related expertise to their countries. 

Volunteers take part in organising WYF

A host of volunteers are taking part in organising the fourth edition of the WYF, according to the forum’s administration.

The volunteers, who are not being paid, are graduates of the Presidential Program for Youth Leadership and the National Training Academy.

Major national and international institutions are keen to participate in sponsoring the forum this year. The sponsors are covering the forum's expenses fully, which avoids putting an extra burden on the state budget.

The WYF's administration will undertake a range of responsibilities, including organisation, registration, crisis management, content, media and public relations.

The administration also works on updating the registration system and the website, considering requests to attend the forum, answering inquiries and solving problems.

It is also assigned to prepare the content of the forum's workshops and sessions as well as produce a host of films about the WYF and publish news and press releases.

The fourth edition of the forum comes after the postponement of the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. The main themes of the fourth edition of the forum are post-COVID impacts, climate change, social security, human rights, entrepreneurship, technology, 5G networks, digital transformation, distance learning, the environment, and the future of energy, according to the WYF website.

Over 15,000 people from more than 160 countries took part in the last three editions of the forum.

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