Employment is key to fighting poverty, economic growth, stability and hope for the future. Egypt has a significant youth population with about 35 million youth between the ages of 15 and 29. Unemployment in this group is high: 27 percent are not employed and are not engaged in education initiatives.
The cooperation falls within the framework of the Egyptian Government's initiative to provide job opportunities for young people and achieving the sustainable development in the governorates. Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, and Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, witnessed the signing of the USD 1,2 million cooperation on Sunday, November 27, 2016 in Cairo. The agreement was signed by Mr Sten Arne Rosnes, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Egypt, and Mr Peter van Rooij, Director of the ILO in Cairo.
The funding from the Norwegian Government goes towards implementing the project “Employment for Youth in Egypt (EYE): Working Together in Qalyoubia and Menoufia ". The aim is to create decent jobs for young people through the implementation of a range of programs in the field of training for employment, promoting innovation and supporting micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises for young people.