Egypt National Security Council awaits presidential green light | Égypt-actus |

The political tensions that have impeded crucial decisions in a number of vital human-security areas (food security, water security, the economy, personal safety, etc.) and the consistently poor performance levels of the political authorities since the revolution, which has aggravated all these concerns to alarming degrees, have led a range of political, security, economic and social figures and experts to come together to assess the current situation.

Meeting at the National Centre for Middle Eastern Studies last week, they launched an initiative to form a National Security Council and submit it to the presidency for approval, as the general consensus at the meeting was that the current president will not take this initiative himself, in spite of the constitutional provision calling for the creation of this body. (...)

As the proposal currently stands, the NSC would consist of the president and his vice-president (if one exists), the speaker of the House of Representatives, the prime minister, the ministers of defence, interior, finance and economy, the minority or opposition leader in the House of Representatives, and the head of the GIS.

The latter would serve as secretary-general, who would keep the council's documents, which should be kept classified. The council would have the right to include in its meetings other ministers connected with the issues under discussion.

The council would have a range of consultative units. Those proposed so far include a water and food security unit that would deal with, among other things, water issues related to the countries of the Nile Basin, an economic-security unit to focus on economic strategic planning and potential economic threats, and an energy-security unit to develop strategies on energy resource management and sufficiency.

The council would meet regularly every six months to discuss reports and studies submitted to it by the various units, which would be staffed by a limited number of prominent experts and specialists in the respective fields. It would also convene for emergency sessions if necessary. The council would be subordinate to the office of the presidency, which would assign it premises and allocate a set budget.

 Ahmed Eleiba / Ahram onlineMore :