'Mehany 2030': A Path to collaborative success for Egypt and the EU

Hassan Abu-Talib
Sunday 28 Jan 2024

"Mehany 2030," an initiative that promises to provide the European Union (EU) with Egyptian professionals with the skills, education, and training for a highly competitive and constantly evolving market.


In the heart of Egypt, a transformative initiative is taking root, poised to reshape the nation's workforce and create a unique avenue for collaboration with the European Union (EU). Launched by Egypt's Ministry of Labor, the "Mehany 2030" project holds the promise of equipping one million young individuals with the skills needed to thrive in evolving job markets, both locally and internationally.

The recent Vocational Training Conference, where "Mehany 2030" was unveiled, brought together key figures, including Minister of Labor Hassan Shehata, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait, and Minister of Education and Technical Education Reda Hegazi. The conference emphasized the importance of effective partnerships among training institutions to elevate Egypt's vocational and technical education sector, ultimately benefiting the nation's future workforce.

Since 2016, Egypt has undertaken an ambitious economic reform program, implementing significant financial and monetary measures to achieve rapid, sustainable growth and foster inclusive development. This comprehensive program introduces innovative solutions to longstanding structural economic challenges that have persisted in the Egyptian economy for many years. The execution of the core components of this program aligns seamlessly with the vision outlined in Egypt Vision 2030, the state's long-term strategic plan dedicated to realizing principles and goals in sustainable development across all sectors, embedding them within various bodies of the Egyptian state.

So, why should EU governments and businesses pay attention to "Mehany 2030"?

A Skilled Workforce at Your Fingertips: As "Mehany 2030" progresses, a pool of skilled professionals will emerge, ready to contribute to various sectors. EU businesses can capitalize on this resource by considering graduates for employment or collaborative projects. The diverse skill set acquired through the project aligns with international standards, offering EU companies a valuable opportunity to enrich their workforce.

Investment Opportunities in Egypt's Growing Economy: Egypt is actively working to create a conducive environment for economic growth. EU businesses can explore investment opportunities in the country, leveraging the skilled labour force generated by "Mehany 2030." Opening factories or establishing joint ventures not only supports Egypt's economic development but also positions EU entities strategically in a thriving market.

Sustainable Partnerships for Long-term Impact: Collaborating with "Mehany 2030" is not just a transaction; it's an investment in sustainable partnerships. EU governments and businesses engaging with the vocational training sector in Egypt contribute to the long-term development of skills and capacities. This commitment fosters a continuous pipeline of qualified professionals, creating a positive and lasting impact on both sides.

Egypt's infrastructure stands at a global calibre, with a robust foundation supporting various sectors. The nation boasts an extensive mobile phone network, consisting of three independent providers covering nearly 100 percent of inhabited land. Urban centres enjoy seamless access to wireline broadband, enhancing connectivity. Furthermore, Egypt's 15 commercial ports efficiently handle both exports and imports, complemented by an expanding and modernized airport network serving passengers and cargo traffic. Egypt's Air Cargo Airport, equipped with three cargo terminals, facilitates the transportation of textiles, vegetables, and various industrial products. The country takes pride in a well-established railway and road network, with a total road length of 108,784 kilometres, a railway network spanning 9,570 kilometres, and access to 20 airports.

Notably, Egypt offers competitively priced and reliable power, water, and gas supplies, essential for sustaining various economic activities. The nation's abundance of natural resources positions it as a reservoir catering to the needs of agricultural, industrial, and mining sectors alike.

In a world where interconnectedness is key, "Mehany 2030" serves as a bridge, connecting the aspirations of Egyptian youth with the needs of the global job market. As EU entities explore the potential of this project, they are not only investing in the future of Egypt but also securing a stake in the development of a skilled workforce that knows no borders.

As we navigate the complexities of economic recovery, let "Mehany 2030" be the catalyst for a new era of collaboration between Egypt and the EU. The fruits of this initiative have the potential to foster innovation, create sustainable employment, and strengthen the ties that bind us in the pursuit of shared prosperity.

The stage is set, the opportunity is knocking, and "Mehany 2030" invites the European Union to join hands in shaping a future where skills, opportunities, and success know no boundaries.

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