CEOSS organized a conference on 13th & 14th of August 2014, in Cairo, entitle: “A New State and a Society of Knowledge” attended by 250 participants including journalists, intellectuals, clerics, academics and young people.
Dr. Mervat Akhnoukh, Chairman of CEOSS Board of Directors, started the conference proceedings by welcoming the attendees, confirming the role of the civil society organizations, one of which is CEOSS, in changing the culture of society towards the importance of establishing a new state and a knowledgeable society that contributes to the improvement of the quality of life for its citizens and to the establishment of new Egypt.
Dr. Rev. Andrea Zaki emphasized the importance of the role played by CEOSS FID in spreading a culture of dialogue and acceptance of others, along with confirming the values of citizenship and social peace through uniting all efforts in various sectors of the community and its members and institutions for the advancement of the country in various spheres of life, economic, political, cultural and social.
Dr. Ali El Selmy, the former Deputy Prime Minister, discussed obstacles that prevent access to a civil state and a knowledgeable society; such as, lack of efficient media, poverty, institutional corruption, weakness of political parties, vagueness of economic identity, and the decline or absence of the state’s role in directing the market economies.
Also, Dr. Adel Beshay, Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo, and Dr. Abla Abd El Latif, Professor of Economics at the American University and Adviser to the Minister of Commerce, discussed the cost of reform and its most important themes.
As for the third session, it was entitled: “The Role of the Civil Society and New Mechanisms”. In this session, Dr. Amany Kandeel, Executive Director of the Arab Network for Civil Organizations, and Dr. Ayman Abd El Wahab, President of the Civil Society Unit at Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, discussed the most important mechanisms to reach the civil state and the knowledgeable society, and activating the role of civil society.