23 March 2013: Hewarat Masreya (Egyptian Dialogues)

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For the first time in Egypt and the Middle East, the Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) in collaboration with Masr El Metnawara "Enlightened Egypt" initiative are holding "Hewarat Masreya" (Egyptian Dialogues) forum in Cairo on the 23rd of March, 2013, with the participation of several of the main political parties and some NGOs in the country.  

 

 

The event will include parallel debates held by different parties discussing current issues that concern the public, such as economy, education, health, human rights etc. and a round table discussion on "Social Justice and the Quality of Life" with the participation of political party representatives.

In addition, there will be a final debate between some party leaders on the democratic transition in Egypt. Following this there will be a music concert to wrap up the day.


Background:
The idea of such an event goes back to 1968, when the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme addressed the people in Almedalen on the island of Gotland, Sweden, speaking about his vision of the welfare of the Swedish people.

Since then it has become an annual event that developed to be "Almedalen Week", during the first week of July every year, with active participation of different political parties, citizens, and other organizations. With speeches, seminars and other political activities, it is considered an important forum in Swedish politics, where citizens have the opportunity to blend in with politicians, activists, decision makers, and other groups, to communicate and present their ideas and suggestions, in a more informal atmosphere.

Attendance in the "Almedalen Week" in 2012 in Sweden exceeded 17 thousand people, and more than 1500 public debates took place during the week. The Swedish Institute Alexandria is keen on communicating this rich Swedish experience to the Egyptian public but in a smaller timeframe for one day.

The event will take place at El Sawy Culture Wheel venue, Zamalek - Cairo.