Journalist and political analyst Farida al-Shobashi – Egypt Today
CAIRO – 7 November 2017: "The World Youth Forum (WYF) is the most positive step taken in Egypt’s modern history," said journalist and political analyst Farida al-Shobashi on Tuesday.
In light of the WYF's events, Shobashi noted that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is betting on young people, giving them hope and confidence in their abilities to reform the future and achieve miracles.
“The permanent dialogue held between youth and President Sisi proves that he cares about the future generation and the future of Egypt,” she said.
She concluded that after the June 30 revolution, Egypt has focused on building, developing and reforming; expressing her interest in attending all the WYF's events.
The WYF kicked off on Saturday in Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai under the auspices of President Sisi.
Egypt’s first international youth event is set to run until November 10, bringing together 3,000 youth represented by 60 delegations from around the world.
The seven-day gathering witnesses the participation of official youth representatives over 18 years old, leaders of various youth networks, heads of state, media figures and around 250 young Egyptian expats. It is held under the theme "We Need to Talk."
The WYF sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony and love to the entire world.
It is considered a strong opportunity for youth globally to communicate with each other.
The idea of holding an international youth conference in Egypt was first brought up during the third National Youth Conference in Ismailia, and it was approved by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. In July, the president announced organizing the WYF in Sharm El-Sheikh during the fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria.