Deputy governors took oath before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi- Press photo Deputy governors took oath before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi- Press photo

Newly-appointed deputy governors reflect youth empowerment: MPs

Sun, Sep. 2, 2018
CAIRO – 2 September 2018: The latest governors’ reshuffle has included six deputy governors who were members of the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), a move seen by a number of lawmakers as a “good step” towards youth empowerment.

The newly-appointed deputy governors include Iman Omar Rayan for Qalyoubia governorate; Hanan Magdy for al-Wadi al-Gadid governorate; Nehal Balbaa for el-Beheira governorate; Mohamed Hani for Port Said; Yousra Attia Mohamed for the Red Sea; and Lamiaa Ahmed Abdel-Qader for Giza.

Rayan of Qalyoubia graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in 2012. She has a pre-doctoral course of economics and local development at Cairo University in 2014. Meanwhile, Magdy of al-Wadi al-Gadid, 30, has a BSc in Genetic Engineering from Cairo University.

“In the past few years, several attempts to empower youth were undertaken but without [adopting] a qualification [program]. We can see now a number of youth in high-profile positions,” said Mahmoud Hussein, a member of the Youth Committee at the House of Representatives.

On the sidelines of the National Youth Conference (NYC) in April 2017, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stated that the PLP aims to qualify youth to fill roles such as the presidency, or in ministries and governorates. Last year, a total of 15,000 young men and women – aged between 20 and 30 – have applied for the PLP, said the state-owned news agency MENA.

According to the PLP criteria, the applicants should pass four tests to qualify for the program, which aims to help youth become leaders.


“Empowerment of youth is an encouraging element for the young people who have a desire to assume posts [...] The coming few days will witness intensive applications by young people to join the program,” said Secretary of Small and Medium Size Enterprises Committee at the Parliament Mahmoud Saad.

“Egyptian youth are proud of appointing a group of young people as deputy governors. It is evidence of youth empowerment,” said John Talaat, Secretary of Telecommunication Committee at the Parliament.

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The appointment of the youth coincides with Egypt’s second annual Word Youth Forum, due to convene on Nov. 2-6 in Sharm el-Sheikh city of the Red Sea governorate.

The WYF will tackle two main axes: peace and development. The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism issues, and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The theme of the development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and the means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.

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