Business Hub – Cairo:
Signing a protocol of cooperation between the Ministries of Public Business Sector and Social Solidarity and the Nidaa Foundation to exploit a closed factory in Fayoum to establish a ready-made clothing complex for the beneficiaries of the Forsa Program
Mr. Hisham Tawfik, Minister of Public Business Sector, signed, and Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, And Dr. Heba Handoussa, President of the Egyptian Foundation for Integrated Development “Al-Nida”, A cooperation protocol to exploit a spinning factory that has been closed for years in Fayoum Governorate. The cooperation aims to provide employment opportunities for 3,676 women. This is within the framework of the state’s efforts to graduate beneficiaries of cash support “Takaful” and not rely on it only. By providing earning opportunities and regular monthly income and protecting them insured, Expand their skills development and integrate them strongly into the labor market.
Minister of Public Business Sector: Exploiting assets is one of the axes of the strategy of the Ministry of Public Business Sector to develop its subsidiaries
Mr. Hisham Tawfiq, Minister of Public Business Sector, confirmed that the exploitation of assets is one of the axes of the strategy of the Ministry of Public Business Sector, As the project under the protocol is the exploitation of a factory with an area of 21,000 square meters owned by one of the subsidiaries of the Holding Company for Cotton and Spinning and Weaving, And qualifying it to establish an industrial complex for ready-made clothes in Fayoum Governorate. In the form of a set of workshops for small and medium enterprises, To create jobs and make the best use of an untapped asset.
Cooperation with the private sector, including suppliers, implementers and buyers in the furniture and ready-made garments sector
The Minister of Business Sector explained that the ready-made garments industry is one of the most job-creating industries. and Fayoum Governorate, Among the governorates that suffer from high unemployment rates among females, who represent the category of labor required for the ready-made garments industry, He referred to cooperation with the private sector, including suppliers, implementers and buyers in the furniture and ready-made garments sector.
Cooperation with a strong civil organization such as “Nedaa” ensures the efficiency of the management of production workshops in favor of employing 3,676 women who are “Takaful” beneficiaries.
The Minister of Social Solidarity, Mrs. Nevin Al-Kabbaj, stated that the project is funded by the “Forsa” program at the Ministry of Social Solidarity, with a value of 58 million pounds, which includes equipment, equipment, raw materials, necessary training and operating expenses for all those targeted for employment. Noting that most of them are women who are covered by the cash support graduation plan. She pointed out that at this stage it was agreed with the Ministry of Public Business Sector that the broken textile factory in Fayoum would be restarted, which is located on an area of 21,000 square meters, including 14 production workshops operating in parallel. To train and employ a total of 3,676 people from Fayoum Governorate to become manufacturers and producers of clothes, as well as shareholders in a production entity that will be established to ensure the continuity of operation, And that is through the in-kind share allocated by the Ministry of Solidarity (Forsa Program) for each employee, which is estimated at fifteen thousand Egyptian pounds.
Al-Kabbaj stated that the “Al-Nida” Foundation represents the executive partner of the Ministry of Social Solidarity, which will undertake the training and follow-up process for those targeted for employment. In addition to providing the necessary technical support to them during the project period and getting them to integrate into the production entity to be established to ensure their continuity of work and the expansion of operation and production in the future, The Nidaa Foundation will also sign contractual partnerships with senior representatives of the private sector in the garment and textile industry, In order to provide the latest technologies for the design and operation of clothing, as well as the absorption and marketing of production.
The complex includes 14 workshops on an area of 21 thousand square meters. It provides more than 3,000 job opportunities
While Dr. Heba Handoussa, representative of the Egyptian Foundation for Integrated Development “Al-Nida”, pointed out that “Al-Nida” is a non-governmental organization working in the field of social and economic empowerment for the most needy groups, and it has a previous work experience and more than ten years of experience in implementing economic empowerment activities. It is expected that this project will provide an employment opportunity for about 3000 workers, most of whom are women and girls.
The Ministry of Public Business Sector is scheduled to undertake the structural preparation of its factory in Fayoum Governorate to accommodate 14 separate production workshops suitable for the manufacture of ready-made garments. Ten workshops have already been rented to the Nidaa Foundation, which manages and implements the project under the protocol within the Forsa program of the Ministry of Social Solidarity. In addition to 4 other workshops that are rented to an investor outside the framework of this protocol, To furnish the workshops and to operate, After training the workers. The ministry is also responsible for nominating and introducing the Nidaa Foundation to a number of manufacturers and exporters of ready-made garments to contract to operate workshops/small projects. Purchasing their production to meet the needs of the local market or for export purposes.
Minister of Social Solidarity: The partnership with the Ministry of Public Business Sector seeks to exploit the resources and assets of the state to employ the most needy families, especially rural women, by re-operating the disabled facilities in productive activities
While the Ministry of Solidarity finances the project through the Forsa Program, with supervision and follow-up on the implementation of the third party (the Nidaa Foundation) of its obligations to implement and manage the project, This is in addition to providing an integrated package for factory workers who are expected to graduate from the “Takaful” program after six months of starting their work. With the importance of their inclusion in social insurance, women’s access to free reproductive health care and family planning tools, ensuring that their children continue to attend school, In addition to seeking to establish more than one nursery next to the factory to facilitate working conditions for women.
The Nidaa Foundation uses the grant allocated to it by the Ministry of Solidarity within the framework of the Forsa Program. Selecting good women to work in the project and implementing the necessary training for them in terms of technical aspects (manufacturing ready-made garments), and administrative (entrepreneurship), In addition to the supply and installation of machinery and equipment for the production units in the ten workshops rented to them.
The institution also establishes a company for each production unit (or more) and selects the best women – from among the workers in each workshop – who have entrepreneurial skills, To participate in the management of the project in the future, to ensure sustainability, Contracting with private investors in the field of manufacturing and exporting ready-made garments. To purchase and market the products of the workshops designated for their production.