Decent Employment for Youth

25 April 2017
-Project for the provision of job opportunities to youth in cooperation with the Canadian Government and the International Labor Organization (ILO):

The Project objective is to increase job opportunities for youth and women, particularly among the needy and those with special needs, to support the incorporation of 500 new companies and to provide 10,000 youth with improved job opportunities. The project is financed by CAD 10 million. The signed Agreement is dated 24/3/2011 and shall terminate on 31/3/2016.

-Project implementation is carried out by ILO while SFD has contributed with USD 5 million which young freelancers may use to establish their businesses.  On the domestic level, the project is implemented in cooperation with the competent ministries and stakeholders, and on the local level, it is implemented with public institutions and stakeholders concerned with recruiting youth, in addition to youth initiatives in target locations in Minia, Port Said and the Red Sea Governorates, through which some small pilot projects are implemented, in some cases, directly with youth. 

Several entities shall benefit from the project, namely the Ministries of Manpower and Immigration, Agriculture, Tourism, Industry, Housing and Local Development, Minia, Port Said and the Red Sea Governorates, NGO’s, and business services providers, recruiters, vocational training centers, universities, youth and marginalized classes.

The Project provides ‘Suitable Jobs for Egyptian Youth’ implemented by the ILO North Africa Office in Cairo in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and is expected to end in March 2016. It is deemed an important project that aims to spread business entrepreneurship culture and skills among Egyptian youth.

The Project mainly supports the Ministry of Manpower and Immigration, other competent ministries, and local stakeholders, with special emphasis on the implementation of the recently laid national plan concerned with youth recruitment.    The Project agenda also includes  the preparation of a local plan to be laid by Minia, Port Said and the Red Sea Governorates, which were selected through a competition, for the recruitment of youth and enhancing the performance of local stakeholders in providing basic services to increase job opportunities for youth and capacity building of training institutions to enable them to raise the efficiency of recruitment offices on the level of governorates, local private recruitment offices, youth organizations and institutions to be able to achieve a balance between supply and demand of different skills and to support enterprise and freelance development.

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