Egypt’s economy is the second largest in Africa. With a population of over 100 million, it offers a sizeable and attractive market. Egypt’s central location – at the intersection between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea – makes it a gateway to both Africa and the Middle East. With the Suez Canal, Egypt is also home to one of the world’s most important trade routes.
The country’s economy is relatively well diversified, with small and micro-enterprises playing a key role. All of these qualities make Egypt a dynamic economic centre and a unique export hub that is set to gain in importance over the years ahead.
The Special Initiative is supporting Egypt in achieving its vision of becoming a sustainable and resource-conserving ‘green economy’ by 2030. An additional objective is to boost agriculture and the processing industry. The growth sectors of information and communications technology, the transport and automotive industry as well as the implementation of the Industry 4.0 are also a central focus of the Special Initiative.
Regardless of which sector you operate in, we can help you harness the promising investment opportunities that exist in Egypt. We offer a tailor-made package of advice, contacts and financial support so that together we can identify and overcome specific investment obstacles. More information about our broad range of offerings is available here.
Are you a small or medium-sized Egyptian enterprise? We can help you enhance your competitiveness or tap into new markets.
You can find further detailed information about Egypt and the country’s current economic data here:
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09.08.2023 - A study commissioned by Invest for Jobs shows that there are considerable opportunities to create jobs and attract investors in the menstrual hygiene sector.
18.07.2023 - Exploring the strategic significance of sustainable financial solutions and effective risk management, Invest for Jobs supports a comprehensive four-day training programme on sustainable finance taking place this July. Participants get the chance to position themselves as pioneers in green lending and to pave the way for a greener and more prosperous future.
13.06.2023 - At the 10th International Sustainable Industrial Areas Conference in Egypt, experts from across the globe delved into innovative approaches to foster competitiveness, green job creation, circular economy models, and digital transformation. The event illuminated the path towards sustainable industrial growth and the pursuit of a resilient economy.
01.06.2023 - The Calls for Proposals by the Facility Investing for Employment (IFE) are open from 1 June to 7 July 2023 in Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia. A special application category "Climate" is available in three countries.
17.04.2023 - The Facility Investing for Employment will soon launch competition rounds in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia. The Calls for Proposals are open to projects that have the potential to create a high number of jobs. There will be a special category “Climate” in three countries.
16.03.2023 - Meet our two new partners: With our support, the Ghabbour Foundation for Development will invest in a training programme for the maintenance of electric vehicles and environmentally friendly painting techniques. Dara’s Ice Cream will increase its production and open 35 new ice cream parlours in several cities across the country.
11.01.2023 - To implement BMZ’s development-policy priority areas in the 20th legislative period and to address changing global challenges, the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation will have a new name and focus. As of January 2023, it will be called Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".
21.11.2022 - The Facility Investing for Employment has launched a Call for Proposals in Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia
11.11.2022 - The Facility Investing for Employment has launched a Call for Proposals in Egypt with a focus on “Women in Business”.
29.09.2022 - The Facility Investing for Employment announces a thematic Call for Proposals in Egypt. It will launch on 14 November 2022.
13.09.2022 - The Facility Investing for Employment (IFE) offers co-financing grants for projects with a high job creation impact. On 21 November 2022, the Facility will launch a Regional Call for Proposals in Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia.
06.04.2022 - Companies with investment projects that have the potential to facilitate women’s access to finance and access to employment, are invited to participate in this Call for Expressions of Interest. The Facility Investing for Employment (IFE) has launched an online survey that is open from 1 April to 15 May 2022.
18.02.2022 - The Alliance for Product Quality in Africa as part of Invest for Jobs and the GIZ-project ‘Supporting Sustainability Aspects in the Implementation of EU Economic Partnership Agreements (NEW)’ are inviting agricultural advisors in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa as well as in Tunisia to a three-day webinar series on the new EU organic regulations.
09.02.2022 - The European Commission, the African Union Commission, as well as EU and African business organisations are co-organizing the 7th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF22) which will mainly take place online. For three days, African and European political and business leaders from various sectors will be brought together to exchange on EU-African trade and investment opportunities. Within the event, Invest for Jobs hosts two interesting workshops about the textile and sustainable mobility sector.
30.11.2021 - The facility Investing for Employment aims to support the creation of employment opportunities in Africa. It does so by offering co-financing grants for new investment projects with a high job creation impact. The facility officially launched its first call for proposals in Egypt on 30 November 2021.
25.10.2021 - The facility Investing for Employment supports the Egyptian labour market by offering co-financing grants for projects with a high job creation impact. The facility will officially launch its first Call for Proposals on 30 November 2021. The focus is on Green Economy. Project proposals from other sectors are welcome.
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