Parliamentarians expressed their opinions on the ongoing World Youth Forum (WYF) held in Sharm El-Sheikh, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, saying that Egypt will benefit from the forum understandably.
MP Tarek el-Kholy said the forum achieved several benefits on the political level. “The forum hailed the dialogue method in counter terrorism,” Kholy said. He also added that it promoted tourism in Egypt and showed the whole world that Egypt is a safe tourism destination, not to mention its capability to hold such a well-organized forum that welcomed 113 delegations from all over the world.
“The forum resulted in inking several investment deals, which will provide lots of job opportunities for Egyptians,” Kholy added.
MP Fayez Barakat, member of House of Representative’s education committee, said the forum proved that Egypt has intellectual youth, who are totally aware of society’s problems, with a clear vision to reform the education system in Egypt.
“Youths’ demand to establish a fund to help inventors and creators improve education makes us believe in their ability to make a change,” Barakat told Egypt Today, adding that the real challenge is in applying those ideas on reality.
In the same context, MP Samir el-Batikhy, member of parliament’s youth and sports committee, said that the WYF is a chance for Egyptian youth to get along with their foreign peers, who have all come from all around the world to take part in the biggest event Egypt has held in the city of peace, Sharm El Sheikh. Whilst, according to Batikhy, foreign youth will transfer the civilized image of Egypt to their nationals.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said at the end of the Model United Nations (MUN) closing session at the World Youth Forum (WYF), which took place Thursday, that the convention on terrorism passed by participants would be reviewed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be presented to the United Nations.
The president described some recommendations in the convention as “dreamy” but asserted that “the symbolism of presenting that convention on terrorism by world youth is quite great.” He added that the existence of international bodies contributed to decreasing the bullying by superpowers of other states.
The convention passed by general consent included recommendations on combating terrorism by fighting poverty, promoting education, and terminating its funding channels. In addition, participants emphasized eliminating illegal arms trafficking as well as reinforcing counter-terrorism tools and systems in different states.
The World Youth Forum is being held in Sharm El-Sheikh from November 4 to 10, with the participation of more than 3,000 young men and women from all over the world, to share their ideas and visions with officials and President Sisi.