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16-18 March 2019 in Aswan

Arab and African Youth Platform

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Youth in the Arab region and Africa share a lot of history, as well as current circumstances, this makes the cooperation among them essential for the development of their countries. Youth in both regions have grown to prove that they are capable of developing a promising vision of integration between both regions.

In this context, the Arab and African Youth Platform is founded for youth in both regions to share and exchange experiences. Participants will have the chance to discuss various topics that are of concern interest to both Arab and African youth, with the aim of fostering the Arab and African cooperation. The Arab and African Youth Platform will hold various sessions, workshops, and roundtable, which will bridge the gap between our young promising leaders and top policy and decision makers.

Under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi the activities of the Arab African Youth Platform will be held during the period 16-19 March 2019.

The Arab and African Youth Platform will take place in Upper Egypt’s Aswan governorate, as part of the recommendations of last year’s World Youth Forum in which Aswan was announced by El-Sisi as the “capital for African youth” in 2019.






THE AGENDA

Saturday March 16, 2019

President Sisi attends ceremony celebrating AU chairmanship in Aswan

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi denounced “any cowardly terror attack against humanity” and called for a minute’s silence at the opening of an event in Aswan on Saturday, to mark the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques the day before.

“We are against all violence, we are against all terrorism,” El-Sisi said in an address to an event held on the sidelines of the Arab and African Youth Platform in Aswan to celebrate the country's 2019 chairmanship of African Union.

During his speech, El-Sisi welcomed attendees to Egypt, which he said is a meeting point between the west and east, and the south and north.

“In Egypt, we have put our youths as a priority to provide care and support them with for a better future for the continent,” El-Sisi said, highlighting various forums which are common spaces to “discuss our differences in a civilised way.”

The Arab and African Youth Platform, which is running from 16 to 18 March, is being held as part of the recommendations of last year’s World Youth Forum.

The platform will focus on a number of issues of interest to Arab and African youth, in light of Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union.

Aswan was announced by El-Sisi at the World Youth Forum as the “capital for African youth” in 2019.

Sunday March 17, 2019



Sisi meets African Commission chief in Aswan

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting on Sunday 16/3/2019 with African Commission Chief Moussa Faki in Aswan.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Arab-African Youth Platform, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi.


Sisi attends session on 'future of scientific research and healthcare services' at Aswan's Youth Forum

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended a session titled "The Future of Scientific Research and Healthcare Services" in the Upper Egypt city of Aswan, as part of the Arab and African Youth Forum.

The session was also attended by Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed and other Egyptian ministers and African officials.


President Sisi calls for integration between Arab and African nations at youth forum
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has called for implementation of programmes to achieve integration without obstacles between Arab and African nations.
The president was speaking at the Arab and African Youth Forum in Aswan during a session entitled “Nile Valley: The Pathway for Arab and African Integration."
He said that Egypt is always ready to cooperate with all Arab and African countries, and not only with its brotherly neighbour Sudan.
He also said that African and Egyptian youth, with the potential, willpower and perseverance given to them by God, can present themselves very well in any country they travel to.
He praised the historical ties between Arab and African nations, which were demonstrated by multiple summits held over the past 40 years, he said. El-Sisi said that the dream of Arab-African integration is not new, adding that the founding fathers of the African Union had always hoped to make it come true.
He also warned of the negative impacts of social media on regional stability.
"Before we talk about Arab-African integration, we must be aware of threats to the stability of our countries,'' he said, underscoring the important role played by political leaders and media officials to spread awareness among citizens about the challenges threatening their countries.
El-Sisi said that empowerment of women and youth should be generated by political leadership that can transfer it from desire to reality.
"Any business or capital owner seeks stability in the country he is willing to invest in," the Egyptian president commented.
"Safety and stability is a great opportunity we shouldn't lose," he added.

El-Sisi was briefed on the activities of a number of youth entrepreneurs in Egypt during the session, as well as recent efforts exerted by banks and financial institutions to achieve financial inclusion, develop payment systems and maximise funding for small- and medium-scale projects.
During the session, Heba El-Bashbishi, a specialist in African affairs, thanked El-Sisi for his intensive efforts to restore Egypt's strong role on the continent.
El-Bashbishi said that the challenges facing Africa and the Arab world are enormous, including terrorism.
The Egyptian president also discussed the presidential programme for grooming young people for leadership, saying it was motivated by a strong belief in their capabilities and qualifications, and said he wished Egypt could provide more scholarships to Arab and African brothers.
The president’s spokesman, Bassam Rady, said in a statement on Sunday that the president had also inspected the economic pavilion on the fringes of the youth event. 


The idea of Arab-African rapprochement is not recent and its implications have started since the middle of the last century, and it is necessary in order to activate it as aspired, to study the opportunities of integration between the two regions to achieve common interests in terms of geography, history and volume of natural resources.

On the other hand, there are many challenges that prevent both sides from reaching the desired range, especially terrorism  which affects the future of national stability, and ignites corruption and conflicts.

There are specific  proposals to activate the process of Arab-African integration by focusing on the following topics:

1. Establishment of the Arab African Common Market as an extension of the Africa-Africa Free Trade Area.

2. Establishment of Arab-African funds to finance infrastructure projects to achieve integration in the African continent, particularly through road and rail networks.

3. Developing an Arab-African mechanism to combat terrorism and achieve security and stability. 

 



 

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi issued Sunday nine decisions at the closing session of two-days Arab and African Youth Forum held in Aswan city.

The president directed the cabinet to coordinate with Ministries of foreign affairs and education to allow young Arab and African researchers to benefit from the Egyptian Knowledge Bank.

Ministry of Higher Education would coordinate with the National Training Academy to establish cooperation council that includes African and Arab Universities in order to promote cultural and scientific coordination.

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi announced a new initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C among one million African citizens.

The president directed the administration of World Youth Forum (WYF) to form a teamwork that includes young Arab and African minds to promote cooperation between the African continent and the Arab region in all the fields.

The WYF would be tasked as well to gather teamwork of African and Arab young individuals to establish a vision that combats polarization, extremism and terrorism.

Al Sisi directed the administration of WYF to prepare for the next Egypt & Sudan forum to promote cooperation between both countries.

The president announced that Egypt is preparing a document in cooperation with the African Union Commission and the Arab League to be discussed at the next AU summit, in which four suggestions were brought up:

The establishment of an African-Arab market

The establishment of a new fund to finance projects of railways, roads and electricity in African and Arab states.

The invention of a new mechanism to fight terrorism in African and Arab states and to realize stability.

Utilize social media platforms to eliminate the mistaken stereotypes between Africa and the Arab world.

The president recommended more policies to empower African and Arab women and youth.




President Sisi and his wife participated in the closing ceremony of the Arab and African Youth Forum in Aswan, where he honoured a number of Egyptian, Arab and African youth  creatives.



 








Among the honored was Mariam Al Mansouri from the United Arab Emirates, a fighter pilot in the UAE Armed Forces, Waleed Arafa, Egyptian architect designer of Abu Seteit mosque in Sohag  , which was ranked among the best 27 mosques in the world. Amr Al-Shamy, Egyptian  photographer, Rahma Bajo, from Tanzania, founder of a clothing company featuring African culture, Simimo Alex, from Nigeria, founder of  a global data identification system, Muhannad Al Hag, founder of a company to reduce the high accident rate in Saudi Arabia and others.




Monday March 18, 2019








President Sisi visits Philae Temple with AYF participants

President Abdel Fatah El Sisi paid a visit to the Philae Temple in Aswan as the Arab-African Youth Forum hosted in the Upper Egyptian city comes to an end.

President Sisi toured the archaeological site along with some cabinet ministers and a number of participants of the forum.

At the end of the tour, President Sisi, the participants and tourists at the site posed for pictures.








President Sisi conducted an interactive dialogue today with the Arab and African youth from the Temple of Philae; the symbol of peace and love, where he listened to innovative ideas opinions on the prospects of enhancing Arab-African integration under Egypt's presidency of the African Union and ways of transferring the Egyptian experience of empowering youth, to Arab and African brothers.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspected this afternoon the Bernese Civil Airport and the Strategic Air-naval Base in the Southern Military Zone.

Sisi was keen to stop by  to greet and shake hands with the people of Aswan.


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