CAIRO: “Empowering the role of Youth is no longer such a luxury but it has become an indispensible necessity… to push the production wheel and achieve the desired civilized development,” President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said Friday.
Sisi’s statements came during the inauguration of the World Economic Forum, currently held in the Dead Sea in Jordan from May 21-23.
He added that youth should not be “left a prey for extremism and terrorism taking into account that a large part of young people know how to use technology and modern means of electronic communication.”
Sisi announced that Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh will host the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2016
He urged for governmental cooperation for the sake of “investing in youth” and to prevent the spreading of radical thoughts and misuse of youth to these means.
“Our efforts to eliminate radicalism and terrorism should coincide with efforts towards a future filled with freedom, equality and pluralism…free of oppression, injustice and exclusion,” added Sisi.
He also said that there should be plans to eradicate poverty since “it is unaccepted for poverty to continue as a reason for the suffering of a large part of our peoples despite the enormous economic potential that abound in our states.”
During his speech, Sisi emphasized that “the future belong to the youth, and no one will draw [the future’s] features other than [the young people]’s ambitions and abilities.”
Furthermore, Sisi highlighted Egypt’s agenda incorporates youth and makes use of their capacities in the government’s long-term plans.