Representative Talaat Abdel-Qawi, a member of the National Dialogue Board of Trustees, told Sada El-Balad:
- Dialogue is a positive step for discussion about the current challenges facing the state
- We are keen to accommodate all opinions and parties set priorities for supporting the new republic
- Building bridges of partnership with the National Alliance for Civil Development Action during the coming period
- Purifying the educational curricula of extremist and takfiri ideas is a key factor for development and societal peace
- We are keen to reduce the burden on NGOs, allowing them to support small projects to provide job opportunities for youth and women who are breadwinners
- We presented a vision for national dialogue with a new law for parties and the division of constituencies
- We seek to remove any obstacles to civil work
It is considered National Dialogueone of the pillars of the new republic, and a watershed point towards building The New Republic which the state seeks to establish under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to build a promising future for the Egyptian people, in a way that contributes to supporting all sectors through integrated strategic visions that support the reform and development process, and it also enhances opportunities for developing parties and supporting political life by re-introducing itself on Arena .
Representative Talaat Abdel-Qawi, a member of the House of Representatives, confirmed that there is keenness from Board of Trustees of the National Dialogue For the committee sessions to come out in an honorable manner so that they achieve their purpose in absorbing all opinions within them and listening to everyone, and to provide a suitable atmosphere for presenting proposals and ideas, explaining that each issue will take its time in the discussions and its presentation is not related to one session only, but it is possible to extend it to more than one session over the course of National DialogueThere will be keenness to accommodate all opinions and to listen to the different spectrums of society.
Abdel Qawi added, in his interview with Sada Al-Balad website, that the sessions include discussing 113 issues, which is not a small matter, saying, “We do not aim to diagnose problems, but rather seek to address them with proposals and effective solutions.”
The member of parliament also indicated the keenness of the General Union of NGOs to build bridges of partnership with the National Alliance for Civil Development Action during the coming period, stressing that NGOs will have an effective role in supporting and supporting the state, to achieve more successes in all governorates, cities and centers nationwide. .
And the text of the interview.
– What role will the Board of Trustees of the National Dialogue play during the coming period?
role lies Board of Trustees of the National Dialogue In receiving the names and proposals from the various forces participating in the dialogue, to put them in the appropriate dialogue sessions for them, and he also contacts all the personalities participating in the sessions to inform them of the detailed dates for their sessions and agendas, in addition to that he receives the recommendations of the committee rapporteurs to discuss them and then prepare them in preparation for submitting them to the chairman Republic.
– What do you think of the parties’ interaction with the national dialogue and their role in society?
Holding the National Dialogue under the umbrella of the Presidency of the Republic is the best guarantee for the implementation of its outputs, especially since the President will attend its closing sessions, noting that Political parties and forces have a very effective and important role, as all the forces participating in the dialogue have a constructive and positive participation to reach a comprehensive national outcome that includes all political parties and civil currents as much as possible.
– The most prominent issues that will be raised at the national dialogue table during Thursday’s session?
Two sessions will be held in the societal axis, the first on the cohesion of the Egyptian family, and the other on culture and building the Egyptian identity, which are considered among the most important files of the societal axis, as the cohesion of the Egyptian family and the preservation of the Egyptian identity are two essential files in building the ideal state of societies, and they are the two wings of development for any nation.
We also need culture and enlightenment by purifying educational curricula from extremist and takfiri ideas, which include in their ideas forms of violence, and calls for Moderation and moderation being two main elementsPrepare for social development and peace, all of which fall under the renewal of discourse and religious thought.
Do you think that the electoral law needs to be amended?
naturally Elections law There is an urgent need for an amendment, and there are many opinions and proposals that will be presented to the dialogue table during the coming period, to choose an electoral system that represents everyone, stressing that all political forces will participate to reach realistic outputs aimed at enriching partisan participation, in a way that achieves the solidarity of the people’s forces with all political currents and provides the opportunity In front of the active political parties in the parliamentary representation in the Senate and the House of Representatives, especially in the seats designated for appointment in the two chambers.
The way the committees work is organized by the National Dialogue Board of Trustees by inviting a number of people with different political opinions in a balanced manner, as well as experts, so that the number of participants in each session is not less than 30, and we have basic challenges that must be overcome, including the need for all citizens to participate in the electoral process. Next, we will have electoral councils expressing the will of the Egyptian street, through an electoral system that allows representation of all segments of the people in Parliament.
– What is the best system to reach an electoral plurality? List relative or absolute or individual?
Every system has its flaws and advantages, and there is no perfect system, and the issue of elections for the House of Representatives and Senate is a controversial issue. There are parties that believe that the absolute and individual list system is the best, and some want the proportional list system, and others see the individual system, as they see it as the most appropriate and optimal for the Egyptian people. So far, we have not reached a final formula to resolve this issue.
As the head of the General Federation of NGOs, what are the most prominent problems facing the file of civil society? What was offered to you in the national dialogue?
We will seek to remove all obstacles facing civil work in general, and develop proposals for amending some articles of Law No. 149 of 2019, which is the law regulating civil work. At the forefront of the ideas is an amendment to Article 17 regarding exemptions and benefits provided to civil associations.
And we will make sure that the new amendments to the law come with the aim of easing the burdens on civil associations, allowing them to support small and medium projects to provide job opportunities for young people and women who are breadwinners, as well as amending the rules for the support fund for civil associations, and amending the elderly law, from which 7 million citizens who have reached the age of retirement suffer. And those who suffer a lot because they receive very small amounts, and they need more support.
How much our possession of a good database will inevitably lead to the success of the National Coalition, as there is a promising society, which is the civil society, and it can help in achieving social justice, and therefore the obstacles facing civil work in Egypt must be removed.
-Currently, amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure are being drafted, including pretrial detention? How will the parliament and the national dialogue coordinate on this issue?
The National Dialogue will submit recommendations, proposals, and all amendments that will be introduced to the Code of Criminal Procedure to the President of the Republic to take what he deems appropriate, whether proposals for draft laws, policies, or decisions, and then send them to the House of Representatives.
In addition, what the dialogue will conclude will be binding on the executive authority, which has the right to refer any draft laws to Parliament, and thus translate the results into reality, which is the responsibility of the executive authority.
-Your suggestions in the file of remand?
I have no new suggestions regarding this file, and we are now awaiting proposals from all parties and political leaders regarding it.
What is the importance of the resumption of local elections for citizens? How will it reflect on the idea of governance and transparency?
The return of the local elections is one of the very important files, as it has a trade union role that monitors the executive authority, in addition to developing a governorate plan, which requires coming up with recommendations from the national dialogue that result in issuing a legal for an independent local ministry.
– Economic and political reform is one of the main goals of the national dialogue.. So what do they mean? What are the most important reforms?
In the event of introducing legislative proposals on election laws, localities, and parties, here the state seeks to bring about political reform, and with regard to the economic system, we are working on submitting proposals for special projects, whether on the problem of inflation, agriculture, tourism, or industry, to provide support for the national economy, and here it is called reform. Economic.
What about the national dialogue sessions during the coming days?
National dialogue sessions It will not depend on voting only, but will seek to create more common spaces, and in the event of disagreement, all recommendations will be raised, so there is no exclusion of anyone and no interference from the rapporteurs or assistant rapporteurs except through an organizational process only, and the sessions will also be public, to be announced at the end of a week Harvest, and put forward what has been done during and what we have reached in terms of policies and recommendations.