For Egypt to face the great challenges of the 21stcentury, a correction is needed in the relationshipbetween stakeholders in the political, social, economic and administrative domains. A newunderstanding of this relationship is based on thepremise that an integrated rights-based programof political, social, and economic action coupledwith administrative reforms and partnerships ofthe executive with civil society can effect such acorrection. The vision is for growth that does notassume a trickle down outcome but that extendsits dividends to all and not only to the few. Theproposition is for a bottom up process wherebygrowth is fired by the enhancement of humancapital and by applying the principles of equitabledistribution.


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In the past, the political order as embodied by the authority of the state has played a leading role in all economic, social and political processes. The central authority of the state has been a defining characteristic of this country Ñ as has been its role in the provision of public services and goods. Political, economic and social progress, if they are to succeed, must now rely on a collective national effort where equity becomes one of the significant forces, making a new social contract an urgent necessity. On the domestic front, democracy has become a national cause upon which all political factions and parties agree. This aspiration, while mainly a home-grown phenomenon is echoed in the international arena.

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The realities of this age suggest that freedom from poverty and ability to compete in global markets are interconnected, since both are predicated on the quality of a country’s human capabilities. This presents the elements and principles of a new pro-poor,  pro-growth social contract for Egypt. It proposes a vision for prosperity that is contingent on the equitable distribution of the sources of growth and its gains among all Egyptians.

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