Egypt's Sisi talks roles for youth at closing ceremony of national conference

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Oct 2016

The president said the government will study amendments proposed by the youth on the controversial protest law, urges youth to volunteer in the community

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the closing ceremony of the first National youth conference in Sharm El-Sheikh (Photo:Screen shot)

At the closing ceremony of the First National Youth Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh on Thursday, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced the formation of national commission of youth to review the cases of youth detained without trials as per the conference's recommendations.

The Egyptian president said that the commission would present its first report to the presidency after coordinating with the authorities in 15 days time.

El-Sisi also promised that amendments to the controversial 2013 protest law proposed by youth participating in the conference "will be studied."

The Egyptian presidency will coordinate with the cabinet to found a national centre to develop young people for political and social leadership roles, he said.

The Egyptian presidency will also hold a monthly meeting with youth from all sectors of society to follow up on the recommendations of the conference.

El-Sisi asked the youth of all political parties to prepare programmes and policy recommendations that raise awareness on the importance of volunteer work to solve social problems, beginning with widespread illiteracy.

The president said that the government and Al-Azhar Islamic institute would launch a vast social dialogue to enforce "principles of morality" in order to "correct" religious discourse.

He praised the first National Youth conference as "a great opportunity to exchange views without exclusion," saying the conference will continue to be held annually.

El-Sisi honoured a group of Egyptian youth with a "Creativity award," including internationally recognized Egyptian Soprano Fatma Said and Paralympics table tennis player Ibrahim Hamadtou.

The First National Youth Conference was organised by the presidency and attended by several political parties and groups.

Not less than 3,000 Egyptian youth from different backgrounds attended the conference to debate a variety of political, economic and cultural issues.

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