Hurghada, Egypt, June 27, 2018 – AIESEC, a global youth-run organization activating youth leadership since 1948, has announced the date of its annual International Congress to take place from the 2nd to the 9th of July in Hurghada, Egypt. The Congress is held under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency and the Ministry of Youth, and will be commenced by H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism, and Abdelrahman Ayman, 2017-18 Global President of AIESEC.

In its 70th edition, the Congress will gather more than 700 youth from more than 120 countries and territories worldwide to celebrate youth leadership, cultural diversity, as well as host discussions about three main themes that impact the world: sustainability development, entrepreneurship, and youth employability.

The Congress is also an occasion where top AIESEC leaders representing their local and national boards review the organizational state of affairs, create strategies and decide on the plans for the future towards the AIESEC’s ambition to be a Youth Leadership Movement by 2020. Delegates will also undergo capacity building workshops to further develop their leadership and soft skills.

AIESEC is hosting the International Congress for the second time in Egypt, providing attendees from different countries all over the world with Egypt’s rich culture and hospitality, aimed at embracing and celebrating different cultures from around the world.

“We are proud to host this year’s International Congress in Egypt to promote Egypt as an ideal investment and a networking platform for business leaders, start-ups, and job seekers to find relevant opportunities,” commented Abdelrahman Ayman, AIESEC’s Global President and the first Egyptian to take over the role.

The International Congress activities this year have been designed to meet the interests of delegates, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and global trailblazers from around the world, to discuss the most relevant issues affecting today’s world.

One of the major highlights of the Congress’ activities is the “Global Village”, where every country and territory that AIESEC is present in showcases their culture through their traditional outfits, food, music and culture, as well as provide awareness about local and national community issues. Other special events during the Congress include: the Global YouthSpeak Forum, a one-day function where youth and senior leaders collaborate to discuss the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the delivery of the World’s Largest Lesson, where delegates interact with local citizens in Hurghada about the Global Goals, and the AIESEC 70th Global Celebration Event to commemorate the organization’s platinum anniversary.

Within the span of 3 years, AIESEC was able to expand across 18 cities in Egypt. As education is the primary sector that the organization focuses on in Egypt, they work with more than 350 schools, educational and vocational centres, across the country. Within higher education institutions, AIESEC empowers university students to act and contribute to AIESEC projects, either through working individually or through AIESEC.

About AIESEC International Congress:

The International Congress is the annual convening of AIESEC and its member countries and territories aimed at offering an opportunity to connect with the rest of the world and to feel a part of a global youth leadership creating a positive change in this world. The Congress also happens with the purpose of presenting and reflecting on the impact of AIESEC’s activities in the previous years and creating strategies and collaboration plans for upcoming years. Previous editions of the Congress include Poland (1996), USA (1997), Sweden & Finland (1998), South Africa (1999), UK (2000), Switzerland (2001), Canada (2002), and Egypt (2013), Taiwan (2014), India (2015), Poland (2016), and Colombia (2017).

About AIESEC:

AIESEC (aiesec.org) is a global organization striving to achieve peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential by activating leadership qualities in youth through learning from practical experiences in challenging environments. With offices in more than 122 countries and territories, AIESEC is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Around the world, AIESEC partners with more than 2,600 universities and 8000+ organizations to facilitate professional and personal development experiences for young people across the globe. AIESEC has a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is affiliated with the UN DPI, is a member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO.

For more information, please contact:

Joaquim Sanvictores, AIESEC, joaquims@ai.aiesec.org

Maged Ali, Publicist Inc., maged.ali@publicistinc.com

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