Ambassador Christian Berger paid a field visit to projects MSMEDA implements at Samallot district in Minia governorate under the agreement of Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration funded by the EU.
Minia Governor General Osama Al Qady accompanied the Ambassador together with MSMEDA delegation presided by Head of Human and Community Development Central Sector Engineer Medhat Massoud, MSMEDA Area Manager Mr. Mohamed Sultan and Minia Branch Manager Mr. Marawan Mohamed were present in the visit.
The delegation visited Gabal Al Tair road paving project at 1.12 km long financed in the amount of L.E. 2.374 million, the Gabal Al Tair youth center renovation project funded at L.E. 1.458 million. Other projects the delegation visited were the renovation of 3 health units at three villages in Samalot district totaling L.E. 1.555 million and the veterinary unit in Bani Khaled village financed at L.E. 464 thousand.
Minister of Trade and Industry and MSMEDA Executive Director Ms. Nevine Gamea said the visit falls within the framework of the close cooperation between MSMEDA and the EU – a major sponsor agency to MSMEDA. “MSMEDA cooperates with a large number of international donor agencies that channel funds to the different projects it implements in the different governorates of Egypt in coordination with the State’s engaged organs to fulfill the basic needs of inhabitants of the needy areas to help create an enabling environment for MSMEs,” she added.
“From July 2014 till end of December 2020, MSMEDA injected L.E. 2.6 billion in Minia of which L.E. 203.2 million to implement infrastructure and community development projects and create 2.730 million daily jobs (man/day); and L.E. 2.4 billion that were directed to finance the establishment of 170 thousand MSEs and already generated 201.7 thousand jobs,” Gamea elaborated.
“The European Union Trust Fund closely cooperates with MSMEDA in providing key services and also small-scale works for community infrastructure, as well as promoting economic activities and enhancing skills needed for employment. This is very much in line with the EU-Egypt partnership priorities,” said Ambassador Christian Berger.
“It is a great opportunity to be in Minya today and learn more about this cooperation, how it is working in practice for the benefit of people living and working here,” he added.
Minia Governor General Osama Al Qady lauded MSMEDA’s job creation efforts for youth in Minia. He emphasized the continuous cooperation between MSMEDA and the governorate on implementing the projects of the Agreement of Addressing the Root Causes on Irregular Migration that would in turn create employment opportunities for casual workers and offer choices to youth in a bid to curb the irregular migration phenomenon.
Meanwhile, Head of Human and Community Development Central Sector at MSMEDA Eng. Massoud said local contractors in Minia were hired to carry out projects funded by the Agreement. The purpose was to generate daily jobs (man/day) for temporary workers. He pointed out to that these projects visited by the delegation would create more than 13 thousand daily job opportunities (man/day) for casual workers during their implementation period.
The Agreement of Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration through Employability and Labor-intensive Works (ELIW) was signed by MSMEDA and the EU at a grant of EUR 27 million. This came according to the study made by the National Coordinating Committee on Preventing Illegal Migration and Combatting and Preventing Trafficking in Persons to execute infrastructure and community development projects in 11 governorates: Luxor, Assiut, Minia, Fayoum, Qualubia, Menufia, Gharbia, Sharqia, Beheira, Daqahlia and kafr El Sheikh. The aim is to give alternatives to youth, qualify them for labor market requirements and help them establish micro and small enterprises.