Minister of Youth and Sports: We seek linking sports with education and health and transferring our sports expertise to African countries.
Translated by: Saif Elddin Islam
Today, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, met with the African youth participating in the "Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership" during the activities of the Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership, launched by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (African Youth Bureau and the Central Administration of Parliament and Civic Education) under the auspices of Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister, from June 8 to 22, 2019, in cooperation with the African Youth Union.
Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform, and Dr. Howaida Barakat, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at the Ministry of Planning, attended the meeting, which dealt with "Egypt's financing of Africa's Agenda 2063," and that was part of the activities of the ninth day of the "Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership" at the Civic Education Center in Gezira. Also, Dr. Sobhi explained the importance of sports as a part of the national income, pointing out the keenness of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to develop sports to make Egypt competitive globally by working on linking sports to all fields, such as health, education, and others, and make it an industry, an investment, and a way of working in Egypt and all African countries, indicating that the ministry is working on putting sports within the educational system, in addition to studying how to provide and transfer our expertise and services in the field of sports to the rest of the African countries, whether through the implementation of training programmes or the transfer of sports sciences to educational curricies across the countries of the African continent.
Dr. Ashraf Sobhi stressed the Egyptian leadership’s interest in intensifying up efforts of all the state institutions and agencies for Africa, believing and acknowledging the strength and will of its youth, and pointed to the keenness of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to implement many programmes, activities, and events linking Egypt to the African continent, in implementation of what was announced by the President, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Chairperson of the African Union that Aswan is the capital of African youth.
"The Ministry of Youth and Sports continues youth cooperation between Egypt and all African countries, indicating that the Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership will be the beginning of the launch of this cooperation and continue the convergence of the youth of the African countries to create the future of Africa and move towards achieving sustainable development in 2063," said Dr. Ashraf Sobhi.
Also, the minister confirmed that Egypt is preparing to host the African Cup of Nations, which is Egypt's biggest challenge, pointing to the efforts to represent Egypt and the African continent in a manner that benefits it at this global event.
While Sobhi urged the African youth to communicate with each other and ensure their participation in such events that bring together youth of the African countries in order to exchange experiences and viewpoints among themselves.