Freedom of information law on Egypt’s National Dialogue agenda this week



Sat, 10 Jun 2023 - 10:56 GMT


Sat, 10 Jun 2023 - 10:56 GMT

CAIRO – 11 June 2023: Egypt’s National Dialogue is gearing up for the third week of discussions on priority political, economic and social issues with the freedom of information law on the dialogue’s agenda.

On Sunday, the National Dialogue will discuss a number of political issues, including the freedom of information law and the number of members of the House of Representatives and Senate.

The Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists organized a roundtable with the participation of journalism professors and professionals, which called for the necessity of speedy issuance of the freedom of information law in order to avoid rumors and support information flow.

As the National Dialogue allocates Tuesdays for the economic track, the participants will hold two sessions this Tuesday on public investment priorities, ownership and management of state assets and public investment financing.

Also, the National Dialogue will hold another two sessions on Tuesday to discuss the role of the state in providing agricultural production requirements and the agriculture support issue.

The dialogue will conclude its third week of discussions with sessions on youth empowerment and healthcare.

Sessions start 12 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. However, on Sunday, sessions are set to start 2 PM in order to enable the dialogue attendees to participate in the funeral procession of iconic activist George Ishak, who passed away on Friday at the age of 85.

What the National Dialogue does

The Egyptian National Dialogue kicked off early in May to bring together political forces, civil society, youth, unions and other segments of the society to discuss key national issues.

It took the dialogue a year of preparations to kick off in order to discuss priority topics on the political, economic and social tracks to reach a common ground among different participants representing the society.

Recommendations issued after the sessions are set to be sent to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

So far, the political track has called for establishing a non-discrimination commission to the dialogue’s Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms and discussed issues, including the parliament’s electoral system and eliminating political parties’ hurdles.

The political track also addressed the necessity to hold municipal elections soon after more than a decade of absence.

The economic track discussed social protection amid soaring inflation, the formulation of a unified and clear industrial policy and the exploration of solutions to investment challenges.

The social track explored guardianship and national identity and called for a framework to control overpopulation.

The National Dialogue was called by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in April last year to include “all political forces without discrimination”.



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