The National Governance Authority announces the completion of training of more than 40,000 people within two years

Today, the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development – the training arm of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development – launched the first research journal specialized in governance issues entitled “Governance and Sustainable Development” as an Egyptian periodical specialized in publishing research related to governance and sustainable development for researchers from Egypt and the world in cooperation with the Economic Governance Project funded by the Agency The event was attended by Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Margaret Sancho, Deputy Head of the USAID Mission in Egypt, Dr. Sherifa Sherif, Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, and Eng. Khaled Abbas, Executive Director of USAID. The capital, Eng. Khaled Al-Attar, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Medhat Madani, expert in human development. The event was moderated by Dr. Khaled Zakaria, Economic Governance Consultant at the Economic Governance Project.

The first issue of the journal deals with the publication of research papers on the new administrative capital and related issues of governance and sustainable development. International researchers from Germany, Japan and the United States of America participate in the journal. It also contains a research paper issued by the United Nations Development Program.

During her speech, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed indicated that this cooperation comes as one of the fruits of the cooperation and the extended development partnership between the ministry represented by the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the US Agency for International Development, stressing the scientific importance of the magazine, as it is a research platform that encourages Egyptian researchers to publish studies and scientific papers on topics Governance and its scientific applications, as well as open the way for participation by researchers and international experts for scientific contribution and review of international experiences, and the latest productions of science in the areas of governance and its relationship to sustainable development, providing a rich material of knowledge that serves decision makers and all those concerned with matters of governance and sustainable development.

Al-Saeed added that the magazine contributes to spreading the culture of governance, raising citizens’ awareness of governance issues and principles, consolidating transparency and fighting corruption, enhancing accountability and empowering management, which will reflect positively on the strength and efficiency of institutions, which ultimately leads to improving the level of performance and services that citizens enjoy. .

Al-Saeed also mentioned that national and international reports and practical practices confirm the close relationship between governance and sustainable development, noting that in line with that at the national level and in accordance with Egypt’s Vision 2030, governance is one of the main enablers to achieve the sustainable development goals, where governance came as one of the central tools for development in all fields. As indicated by the “Human Development Report for Egypt issued last year by the United Nations Development Program under the title “Development is the right of all: Egypt is the path and the path,” noting that Egypt’s classification has risen according to the World Human Development Report, where Egypt jumped (19) position (from 116 in last year’s report to 97 for the year 2021/22), and Egypt joined the group of countries with high human development instead of the group of countries with medium human development, due to Egypt’s high ranking in sub-indicators related to economic growth, Decent work, good health and education, and a decent life initiative.

Dr. Hala Al-Saeed explained that Egypt has progressed in achieving the sustainable development goals according to the Global Sustainable Development Report, which is one of the most important international reports to monitor countries’ efforts to achieve sustainable development and is published annually by the University of Cambridge in cooperation with a number of international institutions and under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations). Egypt made progress in a number of indicators, including data availability and transparency, in addition to clean water and sanitation, climate action, and more.

On choosing the topic of the first issue of the magazine (the Administrative Capital); Al-Saeed said that it comes within the framework of the development trend of the Egyptian state to expand in major national projects, including the establishment of fourth-generation cities, as the new administrative capital is a national project with modern technological standards, and the implementation of this project coincides with the launch of the “New Republic”, stressing that the state is looking at a process Moving to the capital as one of the main pillars and tributaries of the effort to raise the efficiency of government performance, because moving does not mean just changing a place, but rather a transition to a new and organized administrative culture and thought.

The Minister of Planning stressed the importance of training and capacity building as an essential component of the Egyptian state’s plan to build people, as the state considers investment in the human element as a top priority, especially since it is the best investment patterns, pointing to the Master of Governmental Business Administration “ESLSCA”, which graduated from this program about 1,100 Among the employees of the various ministries and affiliated bodies, the percentage of women reached about 55% of the total graduates, as well as grants and training programs in cooperation with the best international institutes and institutions such as the universities of Chicago, Kings College and Minnesota.

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development pointed to the importance of involving young people, pointing to a number of initiatives and programs such as Be an Ambassador, the Youth for Development initiative, and the Green Minds initiative for students in schools, explaining that in the framework of raising the efficiency of institutions, the state launched the Egypt Award for Government Excellence, stressing that it is not Just an award, but it is a journey to excellence that must be present within all institutions.

Margaret Sancho said that the US Agency for International Development supports the Egyptian government’s efforts to increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability in public institutions and among state employees, in a way that encourages economic development and reduces corrupt practices, so that government services are received faster, more reliable, and available to all Egyptians. Pointing out that over the past two years, the agency, through the Economic Governance Project, has worked with the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development to launch the journal, which is an opportunity to present international research to increase the knowledge of the Egyptian public and make this research relevant to the local context.

For her part, Dr. Sharifa Sharif, Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and chair of the editorial board of the magazine, indicated that the Institute wants to provide, through this magazine, which is issued in both Arabic and English, information and research results for researchers, scholars and specialists from Egypt and the world, adding that the magazine will be launched On a regular basis to continuously monitor the most important and latest scientific research in the areas of governance and sustainable development, and that the next issue will be its main topic, environmental governance and climate change, which is the topic of the hour.

Regarding the first issue of the “Governance and Sustainable Development” magazine, Sherif said; The choice of the subject of the administrative capital came within the framework of the state’s interest in administrative reform and governance, pointing to communication with a number of international writers, which gives weight to the research journal.

Sherif reviewed the work of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the training programs it provides, and the strategic objectives of the institute, which are to support and enhance Egypt’s performance and its global ranking in governance and sustainable development, conduct consultations and research, and cooperate with local and international business partners in providing a number of training programs in the areas of governance and sustainable development.

Sherif pointed out that more than 40,000 trainees have been trained in two years, explaining that all the programs offered by the institute take into account gender and the participation of a percentage of people of determination. She explained that in preparation for Egypt’s hosting of the COP 27 climate conference, a number of awareness initiatives were launched, such as “climate ambassadors” and “green minds” in schools, and the “Be” initiative. ambassador”.

Dr. Khaled Zakaria pointed out that Egypt issued its national strategy for digital transformation, which includes 3 main axes: digital transformation, capacity building, and fostering creativity, which was also based on 3 pillars: good infrastructure, international leadership, legislation and governance, noting that the new administrative capital It represents a model for activating all these axes in the future management of the capital.

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