Building a New Pyramid
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
When the Egyptians built the Pyramids, they painted the tops with gold in order to connect with the sun. The pyramids became a symbol of advanced science and a brand that raised the flag of an ancient civilisation and challenged the modern ones. The sky was the limit, and the construction of the Pyramids encouraged clusters of learning, research and the discovery of talent.
Today, more than a year after the downfall of the Mubarak regime, Egypt needs to build a new pyramid — a huge task involving parallel processes of political, economic and social reform.
For this Egypt needs leadership that can inspire, mobilise and coach the nation. Other emerging powers, for example South Africa and also Brazil, have transformed themselves under inspirational leaders. And in a previous article last July, we identified elements of East Asia’s rapid economic development that could serve as an inspiration to Egyptian policy makers: openness to the world, investment in education, a pragmatic approach, a clear sense of the role of government, and the return of the “brain-drain” diaspora.