Egyptian Forum to Discuss the Democratization of Egypt

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A one-day forum is scheduled for May 22nd with the Houston, Texas based Egyptian CSO. Dr. Alaa Issa, Consul General of Egypt, Dr Mahmoud El Gamal, professor of International Economics, and Mrs. Mahi Khallaf a Civil Society Consultant in addition to other speakers will address the necessary road map toward democracy in Egypt during the forum.

The Tahrir Square uprising highlighted the importance of the strategic and social elements of forming a democracy. The uprising gave the world a clear understanding that in order to achieve democracy members of the government, private sector and civil society have to learn how to work together and understand each others positions.

It is clear that the beginning of true democracy must come from constitutional laws. These laws are key to democratic change even though the transition from the Mubarak Regime to Democracy is unique from any other historical formation of a democracy. Egyptian democracy must be developed with consideration of the needs and realities of the people and their society which emerging from a specific tradition, culture and historical context.

During the Mubarak Regime the Egyptian Intelligence Agency took control of Civil Society Organization (CSO), a group viewed as catalyst for democratization. The regime deprived the CSO of an effective policy advocate, debating reform and engaging citizens in collaborative governance. Egyptian Americans are taking the lead in bringing the three sectors together, domestic and international, to pursue their goals through non-violent means, adequate staff and appropriate training. Egypt joins a diverse list of countries such as the Philippines, Poland, Indonesia and others whose authoritarian regimes were replaced by democratic government as a result of such unarmed civil insurrection.

Egypt's Civil Society Organization (CSO) can be traced back to 1821. Egypt boasts a large number of CSO's with an estimated 21,500 civic organizations registered with the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MOSS), according to a report from 2007. According to the 2007 MOSS report, the multiple CSOs included 15 million members.

A one-day forum is scheduled with the Houston, Texas based Egyptian CSO. Dr. Alaa Issa, Consul General of Egypt, Dr Mahmoud El Gamal, professor of International Economics, and Mrs. Mahi Khallaf a Civil Society Consultant in addition to other speakers will address the necessary road map toward democracy in Egypt during the forum.

Sunday May 22, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Arab American Cultural Center (ACC.)
10555 Stancliff Road
Houston Texas 77099
Tel: 832-351-3366.

Attendance to the forum is free, however seating is limited.

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