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Egypt’s National Dialogue board of trustees appointed

The board of trustees of the National Dialogue has been appointed, consisting of 19 members, the National Dialogue Administration said in a statement on Sunday.

The Board of Trustees of the National Dialogue has been appointed after a 20-day consultation among politicians, trade union officials and political parties’ members and representatives participating in this dialogue.

The National Dialogue Board of Trustees of 19 members as follows: –

1. Mr. Ahmed Al-Sharqawi, Member of Parliament.

2. Mrs. Amira Saber, Member of Parliament.

3. Mr. Jamal El-Keshky, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine.

4. Dr. Gouda Abdel-Khaleq, former Minister of Social Solidarity and Professor of Economics at Cairo University.

5. Dr. Reham Bahy, Professor of International Relations at Cairo University.

6. Mr. Samir Morcos, researcher and political writer.

7. Dr. Talaat Abdel Qawi, Member of Parliament and President of the General Federation of NGOs.

8. Mr. Abdel Azim Hammad, journalist.

9. Mr. Emad El Din Hussein, Senator and journalist.

10. Dr. Amr Hashem Rabie, Deputy Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS).

11. Dr. Fatma El-Sayed Ahmed, journalist.

12. Dr. Fatma Khafaji, Coordinator of the Arab Network for Women’s Civil Society.

13. Mr. Kamal Zayed, businessman.

14. Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women (NCW).

15. Mr. Mohamed Salmawy, writer and journalist.

16. Dr. Mohamed Fayez Farhat, Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS).

17. Dr. Mahmoud Alam El Din, Professor of Journalism, Cairo University.

18. Mr. Nejad Al-Borai, human rights lawyer.

19. Dr. Hani Sarie El-Din, Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law, Cairo University.

Appointing the new board of trustees sheds light on the diversty of an effective participation of various national visions, with technical and professional experiences, to ensure positive outcomes of the dialogue in the interest of the Egyptian citizen.

The Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting in a few days.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that the objective of the national dialogue, which has been announced recently by him last month, aims at listening to people’s opinions for “the sake of the nation.”

President Sisi’s comments were stated during his meeting with a number of editors and media professionals from Egyptian newspapers, on the sidelines of his tour of Egypt’s Future Project for Agricultural Production, which he inaugurated on May 21, 2022.

The national dialogue comes as part of Sisi’s national human rights strategy, launched in September with vows to open the public space to be more and more inclusive. As such, hundreds of inamtes, including dozens of human rights activists, have recently been released by the Presidential Pardon Committee.

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