Egypt’s Sisi would benefit from an advisory body

Posted: September 6, 2014 in Alarabiya
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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi needs to be surrounded by people with a proper understanding of Egypt’s society and problems. Therefore, I recommend a non-traditional advisory body to work with him.

I know that there are many advisory bodies in existence or under consideration, and that there is plenty of negativity around the concept of presidential advisors due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule. However, this should not be an obstacle to creating a real, efficient entity.images

It should keep away from the spotlight, and its members should be prohibited from dealing with the media under the title of “presidential advisor.” The media should also be prohibited from introducing them as such, and their media appearances must be free of charge.

The body’s task should be to present technical advice on national policies and strategies in relation to politics, the media and the economy. It should adhere to the constitution and the law in addressing the effects of state policy regionally and internationally.

Create solutions

The body should work with a committee of prominent consultants who discuss the political situation and make suggestions on how to deal with it. These consultants must also come up with solutions, conduct studies, and communicate with assigned parties for specific purposes during specific circumstances.

There is plenty of negativity around the concept of presidential advisors due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

Responsibilities can be specified in providing consultations, supporting ministries in setting effective strategies and policies, conducting examinations, and highlighting long-term challenges.

In addition to the group of consultants, there should be a public relations group that deals with the local and international media. Its aim should be to communicate with media outlets, form lobby groups, carry out campaigns, communicate with decision-makers and opinion-leaders by dealing with global PR companies, and suggest a media and political approach for crises at hand.

There should also be an economic team of well-known, reputable, competent technical volunteers and specialists. They should periodically present studies to the president and his aides, in accordance with the general vision of the state’s orientation and desired policies.

This committee’s work must be purely advisory. There must be a coordination policy that specifies how it deals with government institutions and bodies. Committee members must be prohibited from communicating with any media without prior permission.


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