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Current projects

Poverty Reduction through Productive Activities

Enhancing youth employability and local economic development in Upper Egypt

Based on the results of a mapping of entrepreneurship programmes in educational institutions, the Ministry of Education and the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurs initiated a partnership that aims at adapting and developing UNIDO's Entrepreneurship Development Programme in secondary technical schools. Relevant local stakeholders in the agro-industrial sectors have been actively involved in upgrading the productivity and profitability of MSEs.

Human security through inclusive socio-economic development in Upper Egypt

The aftermath of the 2011 Arab spring uprisings is pushing the most vulnerable groups including young people, women and children in rural Upper Egypt to poverty and exclusion. UNIDO is working with ILO, IOM, UN Habitat, UN Women, as well as the local government, civil society partners and communities to strengthen the economic security of at least 18,000 beneficiaries in the vulnerable districts of El Edwa and Maghagha.

Support cultural and creative industries and clusters in the Southern Mediterranean

Creative industries comprise tangible products and intangible intellectual or artistic services with creative content, economic value and market objectives. They are at the crossroad among the artisan, services and industrial sector, and constitute a new dynamic sector in world trade.

Pro-poor growth through productive activities (completed)

Past projects implemented by UNIDO in the agro-industrial sector showed that the disparity between primary production and further processing, low degree of value addition, high post-harvest losses, and lack of technical knowledge and market information are the bottlenecks. UNIDO continues to address these problems jointly with the Government of Egypt using innovative tools.

Trade Capacity-Building

Green trade initiative

The Green trade initiative implemented by the Government of Italy (donor of this project) and by UNIDO, seeks to scale up previous interventions in the agribusiness sector. The initiative includes the "Green corridor pilot" project and the “E-Trace: Traceability of agro-industrial products for the European market" project.

Inter-regional project to promote SME origin and export consortia

For many SMEs, exporting is often a complex business involving high risks and costs. UNIDO promotes the export and origin consortia to support SMEs’ efforts to gain export markets and pool financial, operational and human resources. As part of an inter-regional project implemented in Egypt, Morocco, Peru and Ecuador, the component implemented in Egypt aims to improve the economic and social performance of the member companies of the consortia .

Trace me back (completed)

UNIDO established the Egyptian Traceability Centre for Agro-Industrial exports (ETRACE), funded under an Italian-Egyptian Debt-for-Development Swap programme, to make Egyptian agro-industrial export safer, more competitive and compliant with stringent market standards and regulations.

Upgrading date palm value chain in Egypt (pipeline)

While Egypt is the biggest producer of dates worldwide, it only exports around 1.2% of the production. UNIDO plans to upgrade the value chain of date palm products sector through an integrated demand-based approach. The project strategy is in line with national policies for SMEs promotion in Egypt, which focuses on integrating SMEs in global value chains and improving entrepreneurship policies that include women.

Upgrading the medicinal and aromatic plants value chain: access to export markets

Through a participatory approach, UNIDO implements technical cooperation projects that enable Egypt’s enterprises to become an effective driver of pro-poor growth. It promotes local entrepreneurship with a particular focus on developing the entrepreneurial skills of disadvantaged groups, such as young people and women.

Environment and Energy

Industrial energy efficiency

UNIDO is working on the industrial energy efficiency project together with the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to help supply-constrained countries like Egypt meet its increasing energy demand and loosen the link between economic growth and environmental degradation.

Low-carbon and climate resilient industrial development in Egypt, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa

Egypt’s vulnerability to the impact of climate change puts its manufacturing and associated sectors at risk. Funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by Egypt's National Cleaner Production Centre (ENCPC), this project will assure UNIDO's continued contribution to cleaner and more competitive industrial development in the above mentioned countries.

Montreal Protocol projects

Since 1993, UNIDO has been assisting the Government of Egypt, through the EEAA, to comply with its commitments as a signatory party of the Montreal Protocol in carrying out projects to phase-out ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in industry, agriculture, and the refrigeration sector.

Promoting low-carbon technologies for heating and cooling applications (pipeline)

Egypt's frequent power cuts and fuel shortages urges to diversify energy sources and increase energy efficiency. In particular, air conditioning and heating system represent a burden for the energy sector. This project aims to use alternative technologies such as solar-power to replace conventional air conditioning and heating system.

South Mediterranean region - Greening industries along the Mediterranean Sea (completed)

UNIDO is assisting Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to adopt environmentally sound technology, tackling highly polluted sea water as a result of land-based activities.

SWITCH-MED: Demonstration and networking initiative

This project build on a previous project that promoted the transfer of environmental sound technology to implement and/or upgrade environmental management systems in Alexandria. Due to the high interest in replicating and scaling up this program at the national and regional levels, the EU agreed to finance a new initiative in 10 countries in the Mediterranean region to promote green entrepreneurship as a key driver of sustainable consumption and production practices.