Cairo, 18 January – the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Egyptian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA) signed an agreement this week to implement small-scale local community development projects in selected governorates, to curb irregular migration and support the achievement of Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030.
MSMEDA identified a governorate with a high number of irregular departures and will engage local community actors to map the local community’s development needs, and submit proposals to address them with the support of Egyptian expatriates. Accordingly, MSMEDA published a call for proposals in Assiut on 16 January 2018.
Mr Ramih Abdel Hassib, the Head of MSMEDA’s Assiut branch, stated that innovative tools and methodologies will be utilized in implementing the development projects and initiatives, to contribute to the overarching aim of reducing irregular migration from Abnoub. Applicant organisations must be registered with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, have been established for at least three years, have previous experience in the implementation of development projects and initiatives, and have well-equipped, appropriate premises and administration systems.
Mr Laurent De Boeck, the Chief of Mission of IOM Egypt, added that improving the business environment in Egypt is an important objective in support of Egypt’s Vision 2030. Involving Egyptians abroad is a key element of IOM Egypt’s strategy for 2018, and this new partnership is important to support Egypt today.
This initiative is part of the Initiatives for Local Development of Egypt through the support of Egyptians Abroadproject, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by IOM Egypt in partnership with the Ministry of State for Emigration and Expatriate Affairs (MoSEEA). Its objective is to promote institutional mechanisms for engaging Egyptian expatriates in local economic development in Egypt. It supports the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10 Reduced Inequalities, and 17 Partnership for the Goals. It also supports the realization of Egypt’s Vision 2030, particularly with regards to its economic and education pillars.