Sisi to discuss food price hikes, sustainable development at 3rd youth conference on 25 April

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Apr 2017

El-Sisi in Aswan
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks during second youth conference in Aswan in January (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is set to participate in the monthly dialogue youth conference in Ismailiya on 25-27 April, which coincides with Sinai Liberation Day, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Saturday.

A source at the president's office told Al-Ahram Arabic that around 1,200 youths are set to participate in the conference, which is held monthly and is periodically attended by the president.

Several ministers and MPs, as well as the heads of some political parties and other public figures, will also attend the conference.

The president is planning to address issues including a rise in the prices of the food commodities, the government's efforts to support citizens in terms of healthcare, and sustainable development in the fields of gas and power.

Over the past several months, consumers have struggled with a surge in prices after the government floated the local currency, cut subsidies and imposed new taxes such as the Value-Added Tax; all part of a long-term economic reform programme. 

El-Sisi is also set to answer questions submitted by citizens through an initiative established by the youth leadership programme called "Ask the President."

This will be the president's third appearance at the Youth Conference which started in October 2016 as a platform for the youths to discuss political and social issues.

Last January, during the second conference, which was held in Aswan, El-Sisi addressed the impact of Ethiopia's under-construction Grand Renaissance Dam on Egypt's share of Nile water as well as potential ramifications of US President Donald Trump's  pre-election pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 The initiative to hold the monthly youth conference was adopted at the first annual National Youth Conference in October in Sharm El-Sheikh, which drew over over 3,000 people.

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