Egypt’s First Lady، Entissar Al-Sisi, Wife of President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, said that The African Continent is full of promising youth، who are capable of creating opportunities.
On her official account on “Facebook”، Mrs. Entisar wrote; “Our African continent has always been full of promising youth capable of creating opportunities. During my participation in the opening events of the Arab-African Youth Forum، I have witnessed how many talents and energies are now filling our continent”.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that young people will play an active role in overcoming the challenges surrounding the Arab and African countries to build the future.
Sisi's remarks came during the opening ceremony of the first edition of the Arab African Youth Platform in Aswan governorate in Upper Egypt.
"Everyone is aware of the challenges faced by humanity and the unprecedented spread of conflicts that have caused devastation and destruction،" he said.
"In Egypt، we have put our youths as a priority to provide care and support them for a better future for the continent،" Sisi said.
The president added that "we have succeeded in creating a common space where we meet and manage our differences in a civilized manner and achieve effective and continuous communication."
Sisi also called for a minute of silence for the victims of the attacks in New Zealand in which four Egyptians were killed.
"We are against all violence and terrorism،" Sisi said.
During the events of the platform، which will conclude on Monday، 1،500 youths from various Arab and African countries will discuss the future of scientific research and healthcare، as well as the impact of advanced technology and innovation on Africa and the Arab region.
The platform will also hold various sessions، workshops، and roundtable seminars، with the goal of bridging the gap between "young promising leaders and top policy and decision makers."
The event was first initiated by President Sisi during the closing session of the second edition of the World Youth Forum that took place in Egypt's Sharm El Sheikh city in November last year.
The platform comes weeks after Egypt's Sisi took over the AU presidency from his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. It is the first time that Egypt is elected AU chair since the launch of the African bloc in 2002.