4th Egyptians abroad conference highlights economic, political and social issues facing expats

Ahram Online , Monday 31 Jul 2023

The fourth edition of the Egyptian expatriates conference kicked off in Cairo on Monday, with wide-ranging topics of discussion including the economic, political, and social issues faced by Egyptians living abroad.

4th Egyptians abroad conference
4th Egyptians abroad conference. Al-Ahram


In remarks delivered via video conference, Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the government is keen to affirm expats’ integral place in the fabric of Egyptian society, praising their support for the state.

"The Egyptian state is pressing ahead with efforts to provide all means of support for Egyptians abroad. It is always trying to find out what they need and working to solve any problems they face, whether in their country of residence or inside the homeland," he added.

He also expressed the government's keenness to help Egyptians abroad maintain connections to their homeland, particularly among second and third generations.

Madbouly noted that the government is also keen to seek the assistance of Egyptian experts and scholars abroad to participate in the various aspects of development in the country, and to contribute to the implementation of national projects in various sectors.

Minister of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs Soha Gendy said the event is tackling the most important issues to expats, including the economic status of the state and the monetary policies of Egyptian banks.

It is also dealing with the investment climate and the establishment of the Egyptians Abroad Investment Company, Gendy noted.

She also highlighted the importance of Egyptians abroad participating in the upcoming presidential elections.

The conference, which will conclude with a host of recommendations from expats to the government, seeks to maintain direct contact between the state and all Egyptians living abroad.

1,000 Egyptian expats living in 56 countries are participating in the one-day conference, the highest number of any edition so far.

There are 12 million Egyptians living abroad, according to the emigration ministry.

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