Ideology and Decision-Making Centres at the End of Sixth Day of Nasser International Leadership Fellowship’s Event by its fourth Edition
Nasser International Leadership Fellowship hosted Dr. Ashraf Al-Araby, the head of the National Planning Institute, and the ambassador Ahmad Abdul-Latif, the administrator of Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping. This was in a panel discussion under the title of Ideology and Decision-Making Centres ran by Dr Dina Talaat, the head of the Career Path Unit in the National Institute for Government and Sustainable Development. It was in the presence of Hassan Al-Ghazaly, the general coordinator of Nasser International Leadership Fellowship, a group of Youth and Sports Ministry leaders, media, and journalists.
Dr Ashraf Al-Araby, the head of the National Planning Institute, started the talk. Al-Alraby stressed on the participation in Nasser International Leadership Fellowship and its importance. In addition, he assured the importance of constructive and strategic ideology and planning culture. Al-Araby added that the efficiency of the institutions achieves the desired goals and the development the countries aim for, that are considered to be a solution for all conflicts and wars. Furthermore, working on anticipating crises is the best way to get out of these conflicts. Admitting that a crisis we suffer from does exist is an integral part to overcome the challenge, also not taking a side on the account of another side is important to achieve that. In addition, there is the importance of ties, strong relations, and the strengthen of it in the framework of South-South cooperation. These strong ties have main role in achieving sustainable development which is the way for stopping any future conflicts. The agglomeration is the thing that makes you have a heard and louder voice and a negotiating power the most, especially if there is a fair international system. As a result, South-South ideology should be more heard in the international forums.
The head of National Planning Institute made it clear through his speech that; Egypt is from those few countries that have a clear strategy for combating corruption. Furthermore, Egypt paid much attention for youth and women empowerment, and it becomes a reality we are living in. However, we find that women in the past few years occupied important leading positions on governmental and parliament levels. This is clearly shown in the increased number of ministers, parliaments, governors, and all positions and cites on the country level, where this is a level of empowerment women have never enjoyed before.
Al-Araby pointed out that the indicators for performance evaluation is considered to be from the huge and important gaps. We are making plans on the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness, meanwhile, our problem is sustaining. Hence, effectiveness evaluation, transparency, information availability, and assuring on empowerment ideology especially in social programs are very important. However, we find that the challenges that faces our country are many, and most of them are common. From here the role of following, evaluation, and holding accountability comes clearly, as they contribute in eliminating those challenges.
Al-Araby pointed out the importance of planning institution in supporting decision-making process, cadre construction, and raising the efficiency on regional and local levels. The institution organizes training, and post-graduates in planning and sustainable development field programs. In addition to the institution activities in political consultations for all governmental aspects, economical, development, and plan-making.
Furthermore, the institution provides consultations with international organizations, civil society organizations, and private sector. In addition to researching activities and the reports issued by the national planning institution and published on the website, there are also the educational and awareness cites.
Ahmad Abdul-Latif, the administrator of Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping, tackled in his speech the importance of facing the environmental, economic, and global crisis. He made it clear that we have more knowledge with the challenges we face in our country, to achieve the sustainable development. He clarified that the initiations are the link between the ideas and making solutions in developed countries and centre of excellence and national planning. Abdul-Latif pointed out that Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping keens on constructing the abilities of the other countries, especially the African and Arab one.
Abdul-Latif added that Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping has a special five central programs. Those five programs are “keeping and making peace, enhancing women role, forbidding racism that leads to terrorism, combating Cross-border threats, and peace challenges.” He pointed out that the focus should be on preventing conflicts, and addressing the reasons behind them to avoid what is happening. Abdul-Latif assured that Egypt plays a main role with Africa in the contribution of African crisis resolution, and developing peace. He added that “There is no peace without development and vise versa.” Furthermore, making the ability to participate in African Union to enhance and exchange experiences, and share ideas and energy.
The participants of the fourth round of the fellowship of “Nasser International Leadership” asked many questions, made inquiries, and interventions after the finishing of youth speakers’ speech in the session that was held in the event’s end, yesterday evening on Tuesday. The Fellowship tackled number of subjects including effectiveness evaluation, methods combating crisis and obstacles that faces the country, and avoiding it before happening. In the end, the participants took a memorial shot, with the interaction and the huge happiness from everyone by this special panel discussion and the important information they learned.