This is a summary of discussions that took place at a workshop in Cairo in February 2012. Bringing together a group of legal experts, political leaders, activists, business people and academics, it centred on the issue of corruption in Egypt.
Corruption is a serious problem in Egypt, contributing to high levels of poverty and unemployment. Discussions focused on the impact of corruption in all areas of Egyptian life, ranging from the economic arena to the social sphere. Although a number of interpretations were discussed, participants broadly defined corruption as 'the use of public goods for private benefit'.
Corruption is understood to have taken a heavy toll on Egyptian society, yet it is also seen to have a function within the current economic climate. In order to address this problem in a meaningful way, and at all levels of society, participants agreed that political elites must display the political will to do so.
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Workshop Summary, February 2012