Monday, April 18, 2011

Gill's Notes::Egypt - Revolution and Empowerment

"We have been working with the youth, faith-based groups and women in Egypt to emerge a new economy based on green technologies, products and services.  Only 4% of the land in Egypt is producing food. Egypt is wasting its sunlight,
water and wind.

Egypt is also wasting the talent and skills of the youth.  With a population explosion to 80 million we must provide a NEW economic framework for every Egyptian citizen to live green and sustainably.

In Cairo, pollution is high and oxygen levels drivers have Road Rage. The streets are dirty and civic pride is low. One luxury apartment landlord told me that it didint matter that the comon areas were dirty and littered with garbage as tenants paid the rent no matter how it looked!  We must restore the dignity of the Egyptian youth and empower them to take pride in their environment and be part of the solution.

100 million youth are unemployed in the Middle East. Brookings Institute has called them "A Generation in waiting".
 I have proposed a MENA Social Entrepreneur Licence for all youth 16-25 to apply for that entitles them to select one micro-enterprise to operate. Each youth commits to learn, earn and serve.  They receive a 'Business in a Box' with all the knowledge , processes and technologies to start earning.  
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In a country where 13% of jobs and 11% of the gross domestic product comes from tourism, the impact of these events is severe. According to the Egypt Tourist Authority in New York, 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt last year, generating $11 billion in revenue. Even if the transition to a new government goes smoothly, it will likely be a year or more before Egypt's tourism industry recovers.

New disclosures filed in the past few weeks by Egypt's lobbying team in Washington shine a light on the activity the country took last summer and fall to block the discussion and passage of a resolution calling on the United States to support human rights in Egypt and demand an end to the emergency law. These were two key demands of the protesters who, last week, toppled former President Hosni Mubarak

While only two of the three lobbying firms working for Egypt have filed their reports for the second half of 2010, the pattern of contacts reported so far shows a high level attention paid to the Senate Resolution (S. Res. 586) introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) on July 20. Seventy-seven of the 129 lobbying contacts made by The Livingston Group and The Podesta Group were to senators. Fifty-two of these contacts explicitly mention the Resolution, while many more contacts are undoubtedly related.
Click here to view the Socrata database for all contacts reported by the Podesta and Livingston Groups from January to December 2010 (the most recent reports available). (We will add contacts reported by they Moffett Group when they are disclosed.)

Under U.S. law, foreign lobbyists must register and disclosure their contacts with government and NGO officials. The Sunlight Foundation and ProPublica have digitized and made these filings searchable at

At the Sunlight blog, Paul Blumenthal uses the database he compiled of contacts made by Podesta's and Livingston's lobby shops to show how the vote on the pro-democracy resolution was influenced by their outreach to members of Congress.

The most contacted Senate office was that of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)...According to the report filed by The Livingston Group, Wicker did not simply talk with Livingston about the Resolution, he was the lobbying firm's chief contact on Capitol Hill on the Resolution. Livingston Group lobbyists contacted Wicker's office twenty times after the Resolution was introduced. Seventeen of those contacts listed the Resolution as the reason for the contact.
I'd be happy to put you in touch with Paul or any of our foreign lobbying experts.


Gabriela Schneider
Communications Director
Sunlight Foundation
202-742-1520 x236

Hope on Nile TV in Cairo discussing how we emerge the green economy in Egypt and empowering the youth to create micro-enterprises

Hope live in Cairo as President Obama and former President Mubarak was in the White House

Queen of Green is a global green cooperative brand,a network of green stakeholders from 29 diverse sectors who share a common goal of transforming their world. We unite 29 stakeholder groups to cooperate and collaborate to implement 14 Socialdevelopment Programs that will improve the quality of life for 200 million of the world's poor. Ambassador Hope developed the new Foreign Empowerment Policy for President Obama, Organizing for America and the G20 leaders. Ambassador Hope has developed a Social Investment Portfolio of 14 programs to empower the poor in 70+ countries. She passionately believes in empowering the talent and skills of the poorest of the poor to become green and sustainable. By integrating the development process to ensure energy, food, and health security is combined with education and micro-enterprises for economic security it is possible to mobilize millions of citizens to be the change they want to see in the world.

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