The GCSP sent a delegation to Cairo this week at the invite of several political figures and ministries. The aim of this visit was to discuss how the GCSP could support the development of a new Youth Leadership Academy. Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree in August 2017 to form the new Academy with the aim to prepare the next generation of leaders across all state actors.
GCSP Director Ambassador Christian Dussey and GCSP-CCL leadership Alliance Co-director Peter Cunningham held fruitful discussions with Major-General Abbas Kamel, Director of President’s Office and GCSP alumnus, the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Dr Hala Al-Saeed and Deputy Minister Dr. Saleh Addelrahman to explore how the GCSP could contribute to the design and curriculum of the Academy. It was agreed that next steps will be to outline a concrete multi-level approach including leadership education, political advising skills and international security issues.
The GCSP delegation was also received by Ambassador Khalel Galal Abdelhamid, chief of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Ehab Fawzy, Director for multilateral and security policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who were grateful for the support provided over the years by GCSP and expressed interest in deepening collaboration with the Centre. GCSP’s delegation also met with representatives from the Ministry of Defence, where the importance of executive education for the armed forces was addressed.
GCSP representatives also visited the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Affairs Ministry where they had a meeting with Ambassador Sameh Aboul-Enein, Assistant Minister, Head of the Diplomatic Academy and Associate fellow at GCSP to discuss possible ways to reinforce cooperation. This meeting was followed by a discussion with twenty junior diplomats attending a year-long programme at the academy.
The visit was also the opportunity to meet and connect with the alumni community in Cairo. For this occasion Swiss Ambassador Paul Garnier hosted a reception at his residence where GCSP Alumni together with GCSP’s delegation had the chance to connect or reconnect and exchange about their wide range of experiences.
The short visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Nabil Fahmy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Founding Dean and Professor of Practice in Diplomacy, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University of Cairo. Both sides agreed to examine how to collaborate more closely to educate and train students and leaders.
The Arab Republic of Egypt is a member of GCSP’s Foundation Council since 2010. The Centre enjoys a longstanding relationship with the country, represented by 130 members in its Alumni community.
Alumni Reception evening at Swiss Ambassador’s Residence
Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Reform, Dr Hala Al-Saeed, Swiss Ambassador to Egypt Paul Garnier , and Ambassador Christian Dussey with representatives from the Ministry and GCSP.