CEOSS FID held a conference, in the period from 23 to 24 April, 2014, under the title, “Democratic Transformation Conference – Reading in Economic Variables”. Around 130 participants of opinion leaders, university professors, some religious leaders (Muslims and Christians) and a number of media professionals attended the conference.
An elite group of intellectuals in the field of economy spoke in the conference. Some of these were, Dr. Gouda Abdel Khalek, professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at the University of Cairo and former Minister of Solidarity and Social Justice; Dr. Fakhry Feky, an economist and former adviser to the International Monetary Fund; Dr. Karima Karim, a professor of economics at the University of Al-Azhar; Mr. Salem Wehbe, editor of Ahram Economic Magazine; Dr Basant Fahmy, a professor of banking and finance at the French University and banking expert; Professor Amal Mowafy, project manager of “Decent jobs for the youth of Egypt” at the International Labour Organization; and Mr. Magdy Sobhi, an economist and vice president of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
The conference handled many axes; such as, description of the Egyptian current economic situation and the economic scenarios in the light of the democratic transformation in Egypt. During the conference, panel discussions were organized on issues of poverty and its various dimensions and unemployment, in addition to the issue of the absence of justice in the regional and factional development.