Egyptian Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said today Egypt’s post-Mubarak era has been “royally” mismanaged and that Egypt needs help building a robust, government that earns the trust and faith of its people.
“The revolution is being aborted by parts of the old regime and the military,” said ElBaradei. “The army has been mismanaging the transition royally.”
After a revolution which ElBaradei said “would not have been possible without social networking,” he called the Egyptian mood “gloomy.” “The poverty level was staggering. They haven’t seen the fruits of the revolution.”
“You have to have a change of culture,” he said. “People are used to having one person tell them what to do, but now there is no one person who is going to provide salvation. We need to establish synergy, and come together to deliver the goods.”
“I’m doing as much as I can at my age,” he added.
ElBaradei’s PSS address was avidly anticipated by the Summit delegates and online followers of the Summit and #21CGov.
ElBaradei said the West could contribute to Egypt’s stability by addressing regional conflicts from the Israeli-Palestinian impasse to Iran and Afghanistan. He said he rejected the view that Middle East tensions constitute a “clash of civilizations,” blaming instead historically poor and corrupt governance across the region which has led to repression and poverty.
The rewards for improvement could be vast, said ElBaradei.
“This could be a peace not just with dictators but between peoples,” he said. “Peace for me is to see every Egyptian have human dignity and live in freedom.”
“In ten years, Egypt will not be dissimilar to what we see in Turkey or Singapore. But we need first to put ourselves on the right track.”
It’s the second day of PSS 2011 and the event has attracted delegates from more than 40 countries, plus thousands more monitoring the plenary sessions live online.
In other remarks at today’s plenary, former Los Angeles chief of police Bill Bratton discussed the proven positive effects of collaborative strategies on governance and law enforcement.
“There is raw power in collaboration,” said Bratton. “In today’s networked world virtually everyone is connected whether you want to be or not.”
Tags: #21CGov, #CiscoPSS, Arab Spring, Egypt, Mohamed ElBaradei, Public Services Summit, Revolution
“This trip was worth everything I left behind for it. Now I have 36 sisters.” Thekra Dwairi is one of 37 women to participate in the inaugural TechWomen program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program paired women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies.
Cisco had the honor of hosting the closing session for this 5 week program at its San Jose, CA headquarters. Each of the mentees presented their key technical and cultural learnings as well as their action plans for when they returned to their home countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank and Gaza.
Loubna Haouam discusses her goals upon returning to Algeria: exchanging knowledge, encouraging women to learn English and providing computer access
The mentees ranged widely in terms of their backgrounds. Some work for international corporations, while others are local start-up founders. Some are world travelers. One woman mentioned that this is her first time out of her hometown! It was humbling to hear about the challenges these women manage on a day-to-day basis. Just applying for the TechWomen program was a challenge for Egyptian participants. The application deadline, February 1, was at the same time that the government shut down the internet—happily, an extension was provided. Read More »
Tags: algeria, anitaborg, Egypt, gaza, government, iie, inclusion, Inclusion and Diversity, jordan, lebanon, Middle East, Morocco, north africa, statedept, techwomen, techwomenmena, west bank, women
The way a nation’s people collectively participate in the Global Networked Economy may seem like a complex topic that’s only relevant to the few academics and industry analysts that study these emerging trends.
However, recent events in Egypt offer insight about the close relationship between the cause and effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy decisions, and the likely resulting socioeconomic impact on the whole population.
In my prior dialogue with U.S. economic development practitioners, sometimes they would raise concerns about being unable to quantify the tangible benefits of telecommunications network infrastructure assets. Granted, it can be a challenge.
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Tags: economic development, Egypt, global networked economy, ICT, infrastructure, OECD