Due to its regional political significance, Egypt is an important partner for Germany in the field of international cooperation. Since 1956, GIZ has been implementing projects in all parts of the country on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also works on behalf of other German public sector clients and international organisations. In the country’s current situation, vocational training and the networking of managers and expert personnel have a particularly important role to play. At present, 50 seconded experts and 200 national staff members are working for GIZ in Egypt.
Egypt faces numerous challenges, including rapid population growth, high population density, dwindling natural resources, an increasing demand for energy, rising unemployment, especially among young people, inadequate educational opportunities, discrimination against women, and the weakening of the economy.
Cooperation between Egypt and Germany
The socio-political transition and current stagnation of the economy present new challenges and options for development cooperation. The priority areas agreed with the Egyptian Government are:
- Renewable energies and energy efficiency
- Water supply and sanitation, irrigation and waste management
- Sustainable economic development for employment.
Other programmes focus on support for women and families, decentralisation, and urban development. Among these, the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas receives much of its funding from the European Union.
Germany’s commitment to international cooperation with Egypt also includes several regional programmes in which Egypt is the lead country.
Projects and Programmes
Governance and democracy
Environment and climate change
Economic development and employment
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