ILO is implementing the project ‘Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People’ financed by the Canadian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The purpose of the project is to increase the number of decent jobs for youth and women, especially in lagging regions and for those with special needs. The first phase of the project was successfully carried out during the period from March 2011 to March 2016 in Minia, Port Said and the Red Sea Governorates with a budget of CAD 10 million. Assistance was provided to 500 new companies established under the project while 40,927 youths benefited from the job opportunities. The project is deemed an important one for spreading the culture and skills of entrepreneurship among Egyptian youth.
Benefiting entities include the Ministries of Manpower, Tourism, Industry, Housing and Local Development, in addition to NGO’s and business and operation providers, vocational training centers, universities, and of course, youth. Locally, the project is implemented in collaboration with competent ministries and entities, while on the domestic level, it is implemented with public institutions and those concerned with youth recruitment. That is besides collaboration with youth initiatives in selected locations in the relevant governorates. In some cases, small experimental projects are directly carried out with youth with emphasis on implementation of the national labor plan to recruit youth.
Following to the success of the first phase, the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr signed a protocol for the project of ‘Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People’ with the ILO Cairo office Director Mr. Peter Van Rooij on 16/10/2016 in favour of the Ministry of Manpower for an addition fund of CAD 5 million, which includes extending the project’s geographic scope to include Luxor, besides completing the activities in Minia Governorate, while noting that implementation shall end in March 2019.