The third session of the Egypt CSR Forum in Cairo will start on Monday under the title “the role of the private sector in supporting the comprehensive economic programme for achieving sustainable development” with the presence of a number of public figures, businesspeople, and representatives of civil society and international organisations.
Hassan Moustafa, CEO of CSR Egypt and president of the forum, said the company is glad that all parties involved in community work and service meet in one event to discuss issues and pay attention to all opportunities that drive development in Egypt.
Therefore, a number of international experts in the field of sustainability and development work, a number of executives, and heads of some international companies are invited to attend the forum to enrich its activities, together with companies operating in the Egyptian market.
Moustafa said that representatives of more than 200 local and international companies are taking part, including PepsiCo, Scatec Solar, Telecom Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), Credit Agricole, Roche Holding AG, the Arab African International Bank (AAIB), the United Bank, El Ezaby Pharmacies, Cisco, Barclays, Misr Al Kheir, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and other Egyptian and international companies, as well as civil society organisations.
He pointed out that this year’s forum will receive broad governmental attention because of the successes achieved in the last two years and its contribution to arranging a number of partnerships between the private sector and the civil society, as well as providing the opportunity for all parties to present their future plans and choose partners for success.
Moustafa added that the forum will discuss several important issues and topics, such as the comprehensive vision of the state to achieve sustainable development through Egypt’s Vision 2030, how to shift from a culture of consumption to a culture of production, creating a historic opportunity to promote the industry, providing real employment opportunities, and tackling the negative effects of financial and economic reform.
He pointed out that the forum sheds lights on the “engines of sustainable development” by supporting and motivating industrial zones and emerging projects, legislative and legal reforms, and talking about the importance of charitable investment funds.
Moustafa stated that the forum will include a session titled “Made in Egypt” to discuss the importance of the idea of “one village … one product”, controlling the production system, compliance with quality standards and pricing mechanisms, the Egyptian worker as an essential element in the Egyptian industry, suppliers networks, and the encouragement of entrepreneurs.
The forum will also discuss the “investment plan for Egyptian governorates” and the ability of governorates to attract investments, focusing on quality of life in the countryside and how to create an added value for each Egyptian governorate, and the mechanisms of integration between government plans and the private sector to develop governorates.
Moustafa stressed that this year’s forum provides an opportunity for the private sector, civil society organisations, and government agencies to present their success stories, their plans for achieving sustainable development and ways of achieving partnerships between the parties concerned, as well as the distinguished international representation and foreign experts who participate in the forum to share their experiences with the audience.