Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy met, on Tuesday, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said to review the latest updates of the Your Work in Your Village initiative for industrial complexes and SMEs.
The initiative aims to implement productive projects that benefit the residents of Egyptian villages and provide job opportunities for youth, within the framework of the Ministry of Local Development’s action plan to develop local communities.
Mohamed El-Sewedy, President of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), and representatives of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) also attended the meeting.
Shaarawy said that the first phase of the initiative was launched in cooperation with the FEI in four governorates, namely Ismailia, Menoufiya, Fayoum, and Minya.
He added that the total number of plots of land that are suitable for implementing the initiative amounted to about 278 plots of land in different areas, and the necessary building and commercial licenses for the new SMEs will be granted in coordination with the concerned authorities.
Shaarawy pointed out that his ministry seeks to establish about 384 industrial complexes, 650 medium projects, and 2,000 small and micro enterprises under the initiative, providing about 330,000 direct job opportunities.
The first phase of the initiative will comprise four plots of land in four governorates. The areas of these plots range from 4,000 sqm to 9,600 sqm.
For her part, Minister Hala El-Said said that this initiative aims to increase the productivity of villages, maximise local production, reduce waste, and nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Mohamed El-Sewedy said that the FEI has coordinated with the Ministry of Local Development to check the selected plots of land to ensure their suitability for the new projects that will be implemented by businesspeople, investors, and industrial developers.