It is difficult to miss the events that have been unfolding in Egypt. Citizens throughout the region have been glued to their TVs trying to keep up with the latest developments. The situation seems to be escalating considering that over the last 24 hours there has been looting caused by escaped prisoners.
Egypt’s celebrated history is unique in the world and its touristic attractions are a monument to human achievement. However what I believe many people forget about is Egypt’s human potential. Over the last 5 years I have had the opportunity to travel there on many occasions and have always been impressed with the quality of professionals who have participated in my training workshops and conferences that I attended. As the largest Arab speaking country in terms of population Egypt drew significant foreign investment. Its position in the region has offered a source of stability.
For those visitors to Egypt who pay attention to the people, not just the antiquities, it is difficult to miss the poverty that many within the population experience. Poverty and unemployment perhaps more than any other factor are driving the demonstrations.
The most amazing thing that I find is the youth of the population. Over half the population is under the age of 30. It is this statistic that perhaps is the most encouraging and challenging of issues to deal with. The youth offers a great deal of promise in terms of development. The challenge that goes along with that is to ensure that these people are engaged in the workforce.
In these difficult times I wanted to express to all my friend and colleagues as well as the people of Egypt our hope that these unfolding events proceed in a peaceful manner and to a conclusion that is in the best interest of the country and its citizens.
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.