The international congress of the youth organization AIESEC kicks off in Hurghada, Egypt – Politics – Egypt
More than 700 young people from 120 countries around the world gathered in Hurghada on Monday for the start of the annual congress of the international youth organization AIESEC.
The event takes place in Egypt under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency and the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Tourism, and aims to celebrate the leadership of young people around the world.
Abdel-Rahman Ayman, Egypt’s first world president of AIESEC, told a press conference at the start of events that holding this year’s congress in Hurghada represents an important opportunity to promote Egypt as an investment ideal and a networking platform for business leaders, ups, and job seekers.
The congress, organized this year under the slogan “Egypt, where it all begins”, had already been held once in Egypt, in Sharm el-Sheikh in 2013.
Ayman also announced AIESEC’s project in Egypt this year, which is to work on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the country’s 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy.
The main focus of AIESEC in Egypt is the education sector; AIESEC volunteers work with more than 350 schools, vocational education and training centers and higher education institutions across the country to enable university students to take action and contribute to AIESEC projects, either by working individually or by through the organization.
Ayman also highlighted the expansion of the nonprofit organization in Egypt, from representation in three universities in 2013 to almost all private and public universities, in addition to its expansion to 18 cities in Egypt, over a period of three years.
The congress will see events on three main themes: sustainable development, entrepreneurship and youth employment.
It is also the annual occasion where the key leaders of AIESEC representing their local and national boards of directors review the organizational situation, create strategies and decide plans to implement the ambition of the organization of be a youth leadership movement by 2020.
The first day of the events of the International Congress featured several discussions and cultural performances, ending with the Global Village event, where AIESEC representatives from each country and territory where the organization is present showcased their culture through traditional outfits, food, music and culture.
Other special events during the congress will include the Global Youth Speak Forum, a one-day feature where young people and senior leaders work together to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, and the 70th AIESEC Global Celebration Event, to commemorate the platinum anniversary of the organization, which was founded in 1948.
The congress runs until July 9.