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Egypt’s Sisi Admits to Previous Crisis in Communicating with Youths

Egypt’s Sisi Admits to Previous Crisis in Communicating with Youths

Monday, 18 March, 2019 - 11:15
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (Reuters)
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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi admitted on Sunday to a past problem in communicating with youths in Egypt, where they represent a third of the population of the Arab world’s most populous country.

Youth forums are great opportunities for the state and the youths to raise topics and discussions that concern them, he said during a speech at the Arab and African Youth Platform in Aswan.

He revealed that since coming to office in 2014, he had mulled the possibility of holding weekly televised meetings with youths, but he deemed them “insufficient”.

Then one day, a youth floated the idea of holding a platform, which led to the organization of the inaugural national youth conference in 2016.

On Saturday, Sisi inaugurated the Arab and African Youth Platform in Aswan, the capital for African youth, with the participation of 1,500 youths from 25 countries. The event is part of a series of platforms held by the World Youth Forum, which was launched in Egypt two years ago.

Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi told Asharq Al-Awsat that these conferences have become a means for national and even international dialogue to discuss challenges and opportunities.

Sobhi said that with each conference come new recommendations and ideas that are built up and “herein lies the importance of the platform.”

Since its launch in 2017, the World Youth Forum now boasts a network of up to 500,000 members from 193 countries, revealed forum Public Coordinator Aya Ateya.

The platform is set to unveil a series of cultural and youth events that will be hosted by Aswan throughout Egypt’s chairing of the African Union for 2019.

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