(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Today and for the next eight days, leaders from nearly every country will be congregated in one place hosting discussions with the world's largest companies and big names in leadership, fostering inter-country partnerships and exchanges, and collaborating with each other to brainstorm solutions to problems facing the world today.
This isn't a United Nations meeting - it's AIESEC's 65th International Congress in Egypt.
For the next two weeks, Muscat Daily will be following the ideas, events, and stories coming from AIESEC's International Congress, in which Oman is represented amongst the 125 countries attending the event.
This year's 65th International Congress, began on August 16 with the opening ceremony chaired by the governor of South Sinai.
In his speech, he congratulated AIESEC on achieving 40 years' presence in Egypt and endorsed the organisation's potential for instilling leadership in the Egyptian youth.
To demonstrate this support of the youth organisation and the Congress, he promised to have the South Sinai's first minister present at International Congress' closing ceremony.
The opening ceremony was followed by Egyptian Talks, a forum for collaboration between Egyptian and international businesses, representatives from NGOs, and more than 800 conference delegates.
The forum aimed to provide delegates a non-political overview of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the role the youth in the revolution, and the need for youth leadership today.
Egypt Talks included performances of the Egyptian protest songs, sung in Egypt's 2011 Revolution, and illustrative storytelling of the protests and conditions during 2011 by activists who had been heavily involved on the streets of Cairo.
The opening day of the conference concluded with delegations representing their own countries at the International Congress's Global Village.
Donning cultural garb and sharing snacks and treats from every part the world, AIESEC delegates celebrated diversity and cultural understanding with each other and the Egyptian attendees.
Stefany Araya, vice president of business development and head of the Omani delegation, AIESEC Oman said, ''One of AIESEC Oman's main goals at this conference is to put Oman on the map! I really want people to know where Oman is, and know of its natural beauty, and the kind-hearted people who live there.''
The remainder of the conference will reflect the relevance of the AIESEC for today's youth, new initiatives and good case practices in social entrepreneurship, and empowering the organisation's leaders.
A delegate representing Oman, Ahmed Samara, said, '' I'm really looking forward to the meaningful conversations I will have with so many new people, and I'm sure I will leave this conference inspired and motivated''.
(Christina Khouri is a young aspiring journalist from the US, of Lebanese descent, and is working as vice president of talent management at AIESEC Oman)<