The Hans Seidel Foundation (Egypt Office) and the Ma'at for Peace, Development and Human Rights held the fourth simulation model for youth on the work of the Fifty Committee for the Amendment of the Constitution, on Friday and Saturday corresponding to 15 and 16 November 2013 in Port Said.
23 young men and women from the province participated in the simulation model, representing civil, youth and community work activists, journalists, media professionals and political parties, ranging in age from 21 to 35 years.
This comes within the framework of a decentralization program responsive to citizen rights implemented by the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights in cooperation with the German Hans Seidel Foundation (Egypt Office) and seeks to develop the local administration system in Egypt.
Simulation model activities aim to raise youth awareness of the constitution, the status of local administration in the constitution and the work of the Fifty Committee and enable them to discuss the political and legislative framework organizing the committee’s work. It also aims to enable young people to discuss and develop proposals for constitutional articles regulating local administration.
The model concluded with several proposals that were approved by the youth, the first of which was to stipulate the state’s commitment to support decentralization, expanding the powers of the elected local councils to include approving the general policy of the local unit and its annual budget, and appointing young assistants to governors and heads of various local units.
The model also approved the allocation of a percentage of the revenues of economic agencies (such as the Suez Canal Authority and the main ports) for the benefit of the governorate in which this body is located.
The participants also approved a constitutional text obliging the state to provide the technical and administrative assistance needed by local units, and also obligating it to raise and approximate the rates of development among local units, not just rounding them up, as was stipulated in the draft amendments that the Committee of Experts concluded.
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