20 October 2019 12:38 AM

8th National Youth Conference

Saturday، 14 September 2019 - 01:24 AM

Under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the eighth national youth conference will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019, at New Cairo’s Al Manara International Conference Center with the participation of 1,600 young people, including Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) members, university students, young politicians, young engineers, young physicians, and young businessmen.

The one-day conference will tackle important topics, including the local and regional experiments in combating terrorism.

Youth conferences are important platforms for direct interaction between young people and leadership. These conferences help young people know how decisions are being made in the country and speak freely with officials over different issues.

the eighth national youth conference will be divided into three sessions - a session that would assess the local and regional experience of combating terrorism, a session on the effects of spreading lies on State in light of 4G wars, and finally the "Ask the President" session.

 1- Session on the local and regional experience of combating terrorism:

-  Development of terrorism in the region,

- Return of Daesh terrorists,

 - Terrorism and its impact on Egypt,

- New tactics faced by Egypt.

2. Session on effects of spreading lies on State in light of 4G wars:

- Role of social media in falsifying awareness in a modern way,

- How to create falsified consciousness among listeners?

- Discussing the current issues on Social Media,

- Ask questions about how social media turned to alternative media.

3- The "Ask the President" session:

"Ask the President" sessions are the most outstanding activities in the conference as young people are allowed to ask the president on the topics of importance to public opinion and the president answers them freely.
President Sisi attends 8th National Youth Conference

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday 14/09/2019 attended the 8th  National Youth Conference in New Cairo.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and many ministers and senior officials are attending along with 1,600 young people.

The conference began with a documentary on the file of supporting young people in Egypt.

It showed that empowering young people was one of the most important priorities of president Sisi since he assumed power.

It also added that president Sisi launched the presidential leadership program for empowering youth and held the first youth conference in Sharm El Sheikh for holding dialogue between the president and young people.

The state has encouraged young people to do business and set up a new agency for the development of small and medium sized enterprises together with allocating 200 billion pounds to fund loans for young people to start their own projects.

Sisi participates in first session of National Youth Conference

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi participated in the first session of the National Youth Conference on fighting terrorism at the local and regional levels.

The session was attended by Prime Minister Moustafa Madboul, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki along with many ministers and senior officials.

Director of the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies and Thought Khaled Okasha said that September 11 terrorist attacks in the US are a critical point in the development of terrorism.

He added that the period between 1980 and 1990 is the launching point of terrorist organizations.

He confirmed that the US managed to uproot Taliban movement in Afghanistan but other terrorist groups emerged in 2011 in the countries that witnessed the so-called Arab spring revolutions.

Head of the Security and Defense Program at the Egyptian Center for Studies Dalal Mahmoud said that there are around 67 to 100 terrorist groups operating in more than 44 countries.

The number is increasing and the terrorist operations are on the rise, she added.

She pointed out that the number of Takfiris who joined these groups is estimated at 230,000 terrorists; up to 26 percent of them are located in the Middle East.

Up to 33,000 terrorist operations took place in the Middle East in the period from 2002 to 2017, she said, adding that these operations left 90,000 victims.

She noted that United Nations assessment of the budget of Daesh terrorist group after its defeat in Syria and Iraq reaches 300 million dollars.

Also, Hussein Abdel Radi, a researcher with the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies and Thought said that three terrorist groups are leading the terrorist operations worldwide; namely, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and Daesh.

He noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is the umbrella group for all other terrorist organizations.

He pointed out that Ayman Al Zawahry the leader of Al Qaeda had confirmed that Usama Bin Laden had close relation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

He further noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is located in 52 countries in the world and that it is the biggest terrorist group in the world.

He pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood is controlling many charity foundations and mosques in Europe.

The spread of the Muslims Brotherhood is aimed at political and economic empowerment inside these societies and countries, he added.

He explained that the strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood is based on two aspects; temporary coexistence and phased out violence.

Another researcher with the center, Mahmoud Qasem said that absence of the role of the state and its institutions leads to the spread of terrorist groups.

He cited the situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen as an example where there was a state of security vacuum and armed conflicts.

He underlined the necessity of restoring the role of the state in these regions to uproot terrorism.

He further made reference to the support of some countries to terrorist groups for achieving political gains through providing logistical and financial support along with media outlets for these groups.

The region also witnesses wars by proxy for achieving certain interests with some regional countries supporting terrorist groups. This leads to the spread of terrorism, he added.

Sisi: Terrorism would not have succeeded if not supported by some countries

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said on Saturday 14/09/2019 that terrorism would not have succeeded if not supported by some countries.

Addressing a session of the National Youth Conference, he added that the Egyptian army is the pillar of the whole region.

He further noted that weakening the power of the national state is the main goal of terrorism. Terrorism was used for destroying Syria and Libya along with other countries in central Africa, said the president, adding that terrorism is now seeking to undermine the Egyptian state.

President Sisi confirmed that the religious discourse should cope up with modern age.

President Sisi said terrorism would have not succeeded unless it had not been supported by countries, such as in Pakistan.

Sisi noted that he mentioned Pakistan as an example because it is home to the Taliban group, which he said has been recruiting youths from different countries for about eight years.

President Sisi noted that the September 11 attacks were a turning point in the history of terrorism, stressing that there must have been a US reaction in retaliation for the attacks, which he said has happened then in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He added that the phenomenon has been used to achieve political targets and drain the states’ capabilities.

The Americans said they paid trillions of dollars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sisi said, noting in this regard that many countries can be deceived by measures that can only be seen after a period of time due to plots.

Sisi said terrorism hit Syria in 2011 through 2013, while it remained in Egypt after 2011 because what he described as the immunity of the Egyptian state that had been affected by incidents that took place then.

What happened in Egypt was a public movement, but its final outcome was weakening capabilities of the national state, Sisi said, noting that this has led to the appearance of little powers.

Sisi pointed out to what happened in Syria where countries used the same concept to destroy the country.

President Sisi added that explosive devices are used instead of traditional weapons, which are of a high cost and require bringing terror groups from all countries of the world, training and paying them.

Terrorism is like cancer, Sisi said, noting that Egypt has suffered losses that "we did not talk about".

He also warned of those who attempt to distort the great value of the Egyptian army.

Sisi attends session on lies' effect on State on sidelines of youth conference

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday 14/09/2019 witnessed the second session of the 8th National Youth Conference that kicked off earlier in the day.

The session deals with effects of spreading lies on State in light of 4G wars.

At the beginning of the session, a documentary was aired on the social media effect on the youth and its social and health damages.

The documentary showed that many social media users across the world have become addicted to the internet, which led some youths to go to tech addiction centers.

Participants in the session said the fake and misleading news focuses on the political and economic path and is widely promoted via social media websites.

They added that some terror organizations have recently resorted to cyberspace to avoid being monitored.

In this regard, they pointed out to Daesh terrorist group’s activities when its elements have published images of execution to spread fear and panic among people in the regions they are going to storm.

Cyber terrorism is difficult to be detected and it mainly targets the countries’ infrastructure, they said.

Sisi: Citizens' cooperation essential for educational reform

Education is a cooperative endeavor between the state and the community, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said on Saturday.

The president made his remark during "Ask the President" session held at the 8th National Youth Conference, which kicked off on Saturday September 14,2019.

Underlining the importance for cooperation between the government and citizens for a successful educational reform, Sisi said that the public should at least accept the state's strategy on that score.

There are about 23 million students at 50,000 schools nationwide, Sisi added, noting that the education budget has been pegged at EGP 130 billion for FY 2019-2020.

Egypt has gone through several phases during the past six years, as protecting the state and strengthening its foundations was the first priory during this period, Sisi said during "Ask the President" session.

The president stressed, however, that educational reform remained a main priority during these years.

He added that the state did not focus on the first priority at the expense of other priorities, rather it had endeavored to make each phase complement the preceding one. 

The Egyptian State has made great efforts locally and internationally to keep the education reforms on track.

He urged full readiness from the people to help the government ensure the success of the integrated educational reform system.

The outcomes of such well-studied strategy will be felt in years, the president said.

"We need 12 years when today's first-grade students complete their pre-university stage", he said.

The building of the Egyptian personality depends not only on education, but also on mosque, society and media outlets, Sisi said.

The cohesion of the whole society establishes a path whose goal is to shape and build the Egyptian citizen, he added.

The president said teachers perform a sacred mission, pledging to improve their income when the state's economic situation allows.

"We need about EGP 13-14 billion annually to improve wages of 1.3 million education staffers just by EGP 1,000 monthly", he added. 

Sisi said he pays special attention to the technical education by establishing new schools and technology and vocational universities. 

Sisi urged citizens to make use of the Egyptian "Knowledge Bank", turning attendees' attention to the destructive impacts of social media sites as unreliable sources of information.

Speaking on university education, the president said that the state has adopted a new system for "digitizing" university exams, which has actually been applied at the faculty of medicine.

The digitization process will spare the state many problems while running the new generation of universities to be opened soon, especially those in respect of which the state was keen on entering into twinning agreements with world top universities, Sisi noted. 

The state will try to strike a balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of education to attain the desired goals, Sisi said.

He noted that including physical fitness among the elements of students' evaluation could help engage students in sports practice; however, this is not currently applicable for lack of the required mechanisms.

The president urged youth to practice light physical activities, even at home.

Sisi expressed his optimism about the quality of education during the coming period, adding that all prerequisites for a successful educational process have been observed when establishing new universities including King Salman university in Sharm El Sheikh and Egypt-Japan University of Science & Technology.

The stability and cohesion of the Egyptian state is the real way to confront any potential challenge, Sisi said.

Even developed countries face challenges and struggle to secure their interests, he added.

There is no absolute stability, the President stressed.
 
Sisi complained that state sponsors of terrorism escape legal and international responsibilities.

Such very serious danger is exploited to achieve political goals, he warned.

The President warned anew of the return of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq to their countries. "It was a question that surprised everyone five years ago; a scenario similar to what happened in Afghanistan."

Egyptians have become alert to the threat of terror groups, Sisi said.

He drew attention to the grave threat they pose along the western borders with Libya and southern borders with Sudan.

Sisi called for solidarity and unity among all the Egyptian people to combat terrorism; a problem expected to continue for years, commending in this respect the heroic sacrifices of army and police personnel.

He further called for reforming religious discourse to deal with the spread of lies and terrorism.

Sisi also deplored the thought of subversive groups based on spreading lies, rumors, murder, vandalism and destruction, in the hope that they would establish a virtuous Islamic state.

The good state is based on many requirements, not only religion that is part of life and not whole life, and this is what the God has commanded us to do, he added.
 
The Egyptian state's objective is to maintain cohesion, Sisi said.

He reiterated his call for reforming the religious discourse. 

President Sisi stressed the geopolitical importance of the Middle East with its vast wealth and capabilities, specifically Egypt, which lies at it heart, pointing out the oil amounts extracted over the past 60 years and the future discoveries that lie ahead over the next six decades.
 
The ongoing turmoil is driven by attempts to control the region's constituents, coupled with the ideological conflicts that have erupted over the past years, he added.

He stressed the pivotal importance of Egypt, saying that any damage to Egypt would put the entire region at risk. 

On Sudan, President Sisi said any turmoil in any country affects the whole region, expressing the hope the country would recover soon to consolidate the positive factors.
 
Egypt coordinates with the brothers in Sudan and Ethiopia on the Nile water issue, pointing out that the Egyptian-Sudanese coordination continues and was not affected by the recent developments in the Arab country, he added.

Sisi said Cairo aims at reaching an agreement among the three countries on the amounts planned to be deducted from Egypt's share so that the damage to the country can be tolerated. 

Sisi said that youth representation at the Senate and municipal councils would not be less than 25 percent and can go up to 30 or 35 percent.
 
He pointed out the importance of community community dialogue for reaching a vision to be discussed and passed by the House of Representatives.

The President expressed the hope the House would discuss laws regulating those elections in its upcoming session.

The ongoing development process aims at catching up with unfulfilled achievements over the past years, Sisi said.

Universities, roads network and up to 14 new cities have been established at a cost of about EGP 4 trillion, he added.

We have significant population growth that requires accelerated change, the President said.

The development plan was developed upon a vision made by a committee gathering top university professors who worked for more than 6 months to discuss the new path, he added.

The state has spent hundreds of billions of pounds on the development process in Sinai, Sisi said.

Financial allocations in Sinai are borrowed from Arab Funds and will be paid from the state budget. However, it was necessary to move for bridging the gap that has widened over the past years, he added. 

Sisi affirmed the government's interest in encouraging young people to work through the provision of training and funding programs.

We focus on providing job opportunities through the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA), he added.

Sisi said the region was not prepared to cope with the development of means of communication when it widely appeared many years ago. "Therefore, the development has been used very negatively, but I am not worried because we are becoming more aware through more practice."

Sisi stressed the need to educate future generations that have not experienced the problems, challenges and risks passed by Egypt during the past seven years.

Meanwhile, the President said Egypt has already taken steps towards building a modern state that works in a sophisticated and advanced way, through completely automating the government and creating integrated databases.

Sisi stressed media's important role in building community awareness and confronting dangers faced by the country.
 
He noted the important role played by cinemas, theater, arts and music in this regard.

The state's health initiatives represent temporary solutions to Egypt's problems until implementing the comprehensive health insurance system, which will cost up to EGP 200 to 300 billion. 

MENA


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