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Industry is one of the fundamental pillars for the process of economic and social development either in developed or developing countries, and it has become a key indicator to measure economic progress.

The industrial sector occupies a high degree of importance in the Egyptian economy, where industry plays a leading role in providing job opportunities and reducing unemployment problems, in addition to its role in developing various economic activities, and reducing dependence on imports as well as supporting export capabilities of the country.

It is known that the Ministry of Trade and Industry was established on December 20, 1934 during the reign of King Ahmed Fouad I according to the Royal Decree No. 11. It was called the Trade and Industry Department of the Ministry of Finance. Then, it became an independent ministry in July 1956 during the era of President Jamal Abdel Nasser, and that was in the interest of producing electricity, the expansion of oil extraction, and the establishment of iron and steel factories to serve the new national projects and large corporations for the advancement of Egypt.

The tasks of the Ministry changed over time and it became responsible for Foreign Trade and Industry. Its name has changed for the second time during the government of Ibrahim Mahlab, which was formed in June 2014, to "The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises."

The Ministry’s Main Tasks Concentrate on the Following:

·       Modernization and development of business systems in the affiliated agencies and bodies in order to simplify and facilitate the completion of all transactions that occur with individuals and institutions collaborating with them.

· Implementation of the necessary programs for the preparation, rehabilitation and training of leadership and specialized cadres through training centers to serve the implementation of the policies for developing the Egyptian foreign trade and industry.

·       The representation of the Arab Republic of Egypt along with serving its trade and industrial interests with international organizations and different countries through trade offices abroad and working to improve its performance to serve the Egyptian foreign trade and industry.

· Supervising the activities and programs of development and modernization of the egyptian foreign trade and industry and exports of small and medium enterprises so as to raise the competitiveness of the Egyptian industry and improving commercial and financial balance and balance of payments.

·       The preparation and implementation of the necessary programs for holding local and international fairs and markets and participating in informing the world of the Egyptian products and briefing the producers in Egypt of the global products.

·  Proposing multilateral, regional and bilateral economic and trade negotiations within the framework of the WTO agreements and to ensure the integration of the Egyptian industry in a way that reflects the national interests.

·    Issuing periodic bulletins and indicators of Egyptian and international trade, as well as data related to factories and Egyptian industrial production.

·        Proposing what it deems necessary to modify the tariff in a way that serves the Egyptian foreign trade and industry.

·        Following-up the activity of the NGOs working in the field of exports and Egyptian industries development for the purpose of activating its positive role.

·        Developing programs, plans and appropriate policies to achieve the technological development of the Egyptian industry and supervising its implementation and support.

·       Developing and proposing required solutions and mechanisms to resolve the problems and constraints affecting the development of Egyptian industry and foreign trade, and increasing their competitiveness.

·        Identifying places of mineral wealth - except for oil - and methods of their utilization through geological search; and proposing the general policy to utilize, and increase its output and develop it in accordance with the prevailing technological development.

·        Continuous study of legislations affecting the atmosphere of industrial investment and foreign trade and taking appropriate steps to provide an atmosphere suitable for it.

·       The issuance of industrial licenses and listing and registering of industrial activities in Egypt.

·        Cooperation with the competent authorities in order to improve the levels of industrial employment and the methods they practice their work.

·        Supervision on Exports Development Fund among other organizations working in this field.

·       Preparing Commodity studies in order to set the commodity structure of exports and imports.

·        Developing rules of coordination with the authorities concerned with preventing trafficking in goods infringing intellectual property rights and ensuring that it cannot be exported or imported pursuant to Egypt's obligations and rights arising from its joining to agreements of the protection of intellectual property rights and cooperating with the Egyptian customs in this regard.

·       Activating the role of the Industrial Development Bank and assisting in the modernization of its management.

 First: Industrial Policy Objectives:

The Industry Sector represents the backbone of economic development as one of the most sectors achieving high rates of growth, in addition to its role in supporting the national product, where it contributed about 5.15% in economic growth achieved during the year 2013/2014.

It is also considered one of the most sectors accommodating new technologies and laborers for its ability to create numerous and increasing job opportunities where it absorbs about 14% of the employed; and provides about 150 000 new jobs in industrial activities for newly entrants to join the labor market during the year 2012/2013.

The industry sector seeks - despite the extraordinary events taking place in the country- to raise the level of productivity, work to achieve growth rates that reach about 3.5%, meet the needs of the domestic market, increase exports by a ratio ranging between (15% - 20%), and attract direct foreign investments; where the proportion of industrial investments is amounted to 1.1% of the total investments during the same year, 2012/2013. Moreover, the sector works on the transfer of modern technology and adapting it to local conditions and achieving spatial spreading and regional balance.

Second: The Achievements of the Ministry of Industry During the Year 2013/2014

The state took several steps for the development of Egyptian industry, where the infrastructure and the transfer of advanced industrial technology are being updated. Moreover, providing utilities to industrial zones and the development of vocational training system and linking it to the needs of industry are being updated.

Economic Indicators

Economic indicators revealed the improved performance of the industrial sector during 2014, including: the industrial growth rate rising to 6.9% in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2013/2014, and the increase of industrial investments by 55% and direct foreign investments by 89% within 9 months of the fiscal year 2013/2014 compared to the same period of the previous year. Furthermore, the number of industrial approvals issued by the Industrial Development Authority during the period from June to November, 2014 reached 1257 approvals, of which 836 are final approvals at an investment cost of up to L.E 15535.9 and allow 33 134 direct jobs; and 421 approvals for expansions at an investment cost of up to L.E 23420.5 and allow 36 927 direct jobs.

Among the other economic indicators:

-  The total number of establishments registered by the Industrial Development Authority reached 3248 companies, of which 706 are under registration for the first time and 2316 are renewing their registration and 226 are modifying their status, during the period from June to November, 2014.

- 3557 units were housed in small industrial complexes until the end of November, 2014 out of 3663 complexes and the remaining are 106 units that will be housed during the next phase.

-The completion of most grids in Al-Motawareen areas, the first phase, in addition to the completion of 55% of the networks in the second phase.

- Modifying schemes of two companies (Polaris Al-Zamil - Industrial Development Group) in 6th of October City in Phase II.

- 3 Egyptian companies in the field of food and textile industries, and petrochemicals sector have won the first place in the Arab Quality Award.

Mechanisms to Attract and Stimulate Investments

Many decisions have been taken to attract and stimulate domestic, Arab and foreign investments, including:

·       Starting the application and usage of new and renewable energy technologies, particularly solar energy in cooling and heating processes in the industrial sector and trade establishments in cooperation between the Council of Industry for Technology and Innovation under the Ministry of Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at a cost of $ 6.5 million funded by the Global Environment Facility. The project aims to stimulate and encourage the various industrial and commercial sectors on the application of new and renewable energy technology, as well as deepen the domestic manufacturing by using systems and components of solar energy.

·        Reviewing legislative frameworks and the development of the necessary incentives to design innovative funding packages to encourage the establishment of new projects in the field of solar energy usage and the introduction of modern technology through holding partnerships between Egyptian and foreign companies.

·       The completion of the integrated industrial map that aims at conceptualizing the industrial production in each region, and is associated with inputs and capabilities of manufacturing.

·       Approving of the allocation of L.E 240 million to fund programs and projects implemented by the Industrial Training Council during the fiscal year 2014/2015.

 Development Programs

    1Industry Modernization Program:

It Includes supporting troubled factories (that reached 672 factories), and increasing the competitiveness of small and medium establishments, the development of value-added chains, strengthening the partnership and international relations, and the establishment of industrial and professional gatherings with active and dynamic roles.

2. Relocation of Old Cairo Tanneries:

Through the creation of a city that attracts national industry by promoting the transition of old tanneries existing in Magra Al-Oyoun area to the new city in Robeiky, in order to develop tanning and leather industry and increase the value-added of the Egyptian product and develop it in order to achieve competitiveness in global markets with investments reaching  L.E 5.8 billion for the three stages of the project.

3. Technological Centers:

They aim to provide specialized training programs and help companies through providing technical consultancy; as well as modern and innovative designs and increasing the value-added and competitiveness; and meeting the technical needs of various industries.

4. The Project of Reforming Technical Education and Vocational Training:

The project is based on the framework of the European-Egyptian cooperation and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (MEDA) in order to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of Egyptian factories in the domestic markets, through the formulation and implementation of a national reform policy for technical and vocational education and training. The project is working on establishing a network of partnerships among sectors that are guided and led by the related partners from industry sector and specialists of technical education and vocational training in a decentralized way (establishment of, at least, 12 partnerships among sectors at the level of the Republic) and a number of local partnerships in governorates and industrial areas.

New Projects

During 2014, the Ministry of Industry recorded the approval of several new projects, where it completed the preparation of the general report reviewing the technical evaluation of the three companies that applied for the preparation of the master plan for the Golden Triangle project the nationalities of which are: Italian, American and English. Moreover, the Ministry completed the establishment of a new factory for LG Electronics in Tenth of Ramadan for the production of 1.5 million TV sets and 500 000 electric washing machines. Furthermore, the Ministry established a new project for TCI Sanmar for the establishment of a marine terminal at Al-Gameel Port in Port Said to unload ships carrying imported Ethylene. In addition, the Ministry approved a project of Al-Qanah Company for Sugar at a cost of $ 550 million in Minya Governorate for the cultivation of sugar beet on an area of 150 000 feddans.

Among the most important projects that have been approved was the inauguration of the newest factory for the production of fiberglass at Chinese investments of $ 235 million, and Betty Company begins pumping L.E 4 billion of new investments in the Egyptian market. Moreover, implementing has started of a project to deepen domestic manufacturing of leather tanning equipments for the support and development of the tanning sector and the creation of a new Egyptian high quality products in collaboration among each of the Industry Council for Technology and Innovation of the Ministry of Industry, the National Authority for Military Production and the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. Furthermore, the preparation of a comprehensive vision for the development of Safaga Mining Port to become an industrial port through which high value-added products can be exported. The vision also includes the establishment of storage and handling areas and industrial areas for the manufacture of mineral raw materials and food products.


Job Opportunities

The industry sector has provided various work opportunities, including: launching forums for employment and rehabilitation in the governorates of Minya, Dakahlia and Giza in collaboration between the Board of Industrial Training, the Ministry of State for Youth and Sports. The 3 forums allow 20 000 real job opportunities for youth job seekers of holders of medium and higher qualifications in 100 companies representing various industrial sectors. Furthermore, an Egyptian -Arab Emirates Agreement was signed to train and rehabilitate 100 000 young men and women to the labor market with a finance of L.E 250 million. Moreover, a new forum for recruitment to provide 16 000  job opportunities for young people in Cairo, Giza, Qaliobia and Tenth of Ramadan, as well as the graduation of 446 trainees from the first batch of a craftsman program in collaboration with the UAE.

Furthermore, 148 543 jobs were provided during the fiscal year 2013/2014 in food, engineering and chemical industries, garment and textile, printing and construction and building materials, leather, wood, tourism, telecommunications, and commercial, agricultural, mineral and services sectors. A new vocational training center has been established in "Beni Suef" that receives the first batch of graduates of preparatory schools in 2014. A protocol of cooperation was signed between the Ministries of Industry and Military Production for the training and employment of 10 000 job seekers to be qualified according to the needs and requirements of the labor market. The Protocol includes providing a fund of L.E 20 million from the Industrial Training Council to provide trained technical manpower in various productive sectors, and providing a loan of $ 25 million from the Saudi Islamic Bank for the development of vocational training centers in Egypt, including the rehabilitation of nine training centers and equipping of 16 centers according to international standards.

Among the most significant employment opportunities, the Ministry of Industry takes over providing technical trained workers to meet the needs of the project of the Suez Canal Axis, starting the first training course in the field of equipments used to dig the Canal  in cooperation with Port Said Governorate and allowing 500 training grants for the operation of the various port equipments, studying the introduction of new careers for vocational training centers in Port Said and Suez in the field of maintenance of marine diesel engines, and underwater welding, and announcing the start of the implementation of the convoys for youth employment in various governorates of Egypt. The first convoy begins with  Qaliobia Governorate and allows 5000 job opportunities for the people of Kafr Shukr, and signing a protocol of cooperation between the Council of Industrial Training and the Ministry of Interior to train 4000 recruits on industrial trades, construction works, and rehabilitating them to the labor market after the end of the period of recruitment, the completion of the employment of 6000 youth of Qaliobia Governorate through two convoys of the Industrial Training Council, which launched the National Program for Social and Economic Empowerment of Egyptian Woman, the program targets the participation of woman in making a better future for Egypt during the coming phase.

Third: The Performance Indicator of the Manufacturing Sector

The Industry  Sector in Egypt contributes fundamentally in spurring economic growth, providing job opportunities and increasing export earnings.  The sector contributed in about 15.5% in the expected economic growth in 2013/2014   

Activity (in L.E million)

Number of Establishments

Value of Production in L.E million

Investment Costs in L.E million

Number of Laborers

Wages in L.E million

Plant and animal production






Coal extraction and processing






Oil and its refining and products and natural gas






Exploitation of mineral ores






Exploiting mining and quarries






Food and beverages and tobacco






Textiles, apparel and leather






Wood and its products






Paper, its products, and printing and publishing






Basic chemicals and its products






Building materials, ceramics, porcelain  and refractories






Basic metals






Engineering, electronic and electrical industries






Other manufacturing industries






Production and distribution of lighting electricity and power






Service and maintenance centers













The gross domestic product (GDP) of non-oil manufacturing industries has reached L.E 281.7 billion in 2013/2014, and it is targeted to increase the GDP to about L.E 333.4 billion in 2014/2015 at a real growth rate of 3.2%. The manufacturing industries accommodate about 14% of the employed and this ratio is considered low if compared to the capabilities of the industry sector, and what is expected from it in terms of employment. The estimated number of laborers in 2013/2014 is about 1.8 million.

Contribution of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Egyptian Economy:

Small and medium enterprises are considered the backbone of the development of the economies of both developed and developing countries. This happens through their contribution to employment and providing opportunities for training. Thus, these projects raise the capabilities and skills of a huge segment of the community, improve the level of production and contribute to the gross value-added, and provide goods and services, and work on increasing the income levels. Furthermore, it is an effective way to direct the small savings to investment as well as being related to all branches of other industries in the economy.

Small and medium enterprises (including micro enterprises) form about 90% of the establishments in the world at employment rates ranging between (50% -60%) of the global workforce.  According to the importance of these projects and what they proved of ability and efficiency in dealing with the major problems facing the various economies, many experts and economists see it at the moment not only as a lifeline to get rid of the effects of the global financial crisis but also as the locomotive of economic growth in Egypt in the coming decades.

Small and medium enterprises play a significant economic and social role in the Egyptian economy, according to official statistics:

·       Small and medium enterprises, which employ less than 50 laborers, represent about 99% of the total number of establishments that operate in the private non-agricultural sector.

·        Small and medium enterprises sector contributes by at least 80% of the total value-added.

·       About 2 / 3 of the labor force in the private sector as a whole, and about 3 / 4 of the labor force in the private non-agricultural sector work in the small and medium enterprises sector.

·        Despite the importance of small and medium enterprises in the Egyptian economy, the rate of their contribution to the total Egyptian exports is not equivalent to other countries as it does not exceed 4% (as direct exports) compared to 60% in China, 56% in Taiwan, 70% in Hong Kong and 43% in Korea because most of which are industries that feed large-scale industries.



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