The Chamber of Garment and Furniture Industry of the Federation of Industries signed a protocol of cooperation with the “Job Creation and Support for Small and Medium Enterprises Project” (JP-SME) of the German Agency for International Cooperation in Egypt “GIZ”, with the aim of implementing a joint project to develop the ready-made garment industry, provide job opportunities and raise efficiency its employees, improving the work environment and climate in the garment sector, and training workers in the sector
JP-SME is part of the regional project of the Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation (SI Jobs).
The special initiative for training and job creation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) promotes employment-oriented growth of companies in Egypt.
It is part of the implementation of the Marshall Plan in Africa and the G-20 agreements with Africa, as it aims to create more and better job and training opportunities by stimulating foreign investment and private sector participation. Other countries participating in the SI Jobs initiative are Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal and Rwanda.
The “Job Creation and Support for Small and Medium Enterprises” project implements the Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation (SI Jobs) in Egypt on three pillars. The first pillar, “Business and Investment”, aims to cooperate in the field of job creation and training with private sector companies, and work to reduce investment barriers. The second pillar, “Small and Medium Enterprises”, seeks to promote and support Egyptian small and medium enterprises. The third pillar aims to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem for a selection of growth-oriented sectors and industrial zones in Egypt.
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Salam, Chairman of the Chamber, said that the cooperation with the “Job Creation and Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises Project” (JP-SME) comes within the framework of completing the Chamber’s strategy aimed at opening prospects for cooperation with all international economic bodies and institutions operating in Egypt, to benefit from the programs Provided in support and development of private sector projects and work to provide their needs of trained currency and conduct the required studies and research.
He added during the signing that the protocol is based on several axes, including conducting the required surveys and studies on forecasting job opportunities in the garment sector during the next five years (2023-2028), as well as determining the geographical distribution of available jobs, and working to create decent job opportunities in the garment sector.
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Salam stressed that the protocol aims to create an appropriate work environment and provide more training and employment opportunities, especially that the sector employs 1.7 million people and the percentage of women working in the sector is 70%, through vocational training or training specifically designed to meet the needs of the institutions participating in the program.
Abdel Salam touched on the importance of the efforts made by the German Agency for International Cooperation in Egypt and the development projects that are being implemented in cooperation with the Egyptian government and the private sector in the fields of technical education, vocational training, the labor market, support for women and youth and community development, in addition to implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy and sanitation projects. and solid waste management.
He explained that the protocol contributes to supporting the development and competitiveness of clothing manufacturers by developing the technical skills of the worker, raising the level of organizational and administrative competencies, strengthening the capabilities of human resources management, gender management and achieving diversity, and also contributes to raising awareness among clothing manufacturers to reduce the rate of labor turnover. By increasing the minimum wage, and complying with the International Labor Organization’s core labor standards that prohibit discrimination in employment and prohibit child labour.