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PROJECT EGYPT


Using the best international expertise The project team has been created from a worldwide pool of experts to ensure the advice and expertise they provide reflects the best that is available internationally. Although the majority are from EU countries, including the UK, experts were drawn from as far afield as Ireland, South Africa and Australia. “We have also used local expertise, especially when it comes to industrial development,” said Mohammad. “We didn’t want to miss out on regional trade opportunities, so it made sense to use people with local knowledge. One of the key industry development sectors is automotive and a key market for that is Africa, so we used African expertise for that part of the project.” The team’s approach has been to interact with their counterparts on an individual basis. Explained Mohammad, “Essentially we undertake peer-to-peer capacity development to train and transfer skills. Our team has the experience and knowledge of what is available in the market. It’s much more effective than the traditional consultant solution.” There are two specific areas that the team has focused on; quality infrastructure development to bring Egypt closer to international standards and conformity, and creating a five-year industrial development plan. For the industrial development plan,


five sectors were identified as having good potential for increasing trade and exports and for creating jobs; textiles, food and agribusiness, construction and building materials, chemicals, and traditional handicrafts.


The project team visited sites around the country to spread the standards message


“Whatever infrastructure we put in place for standards development, conformity assessment and accreditation, nothing will happen unless industry gets the message”


“We have been working closely with the private sector on formulating a coherent industrial strategy,” said Mohammad, “Adoption of international standards by industry is a key theme of the strategy - whatever infrastructure we put in place for standards development, conformity assessment and accreditation, nothing will happen and unless industry gets the message.” Said Mohammad, “Our success will ultimately be measured by Egypt increasing its exports and global trade, and beyond that by increased economic development. The government is aiming to create 700,000 new jobs a year and increased exports are going to be the engine for doing that.”


Standardization and Metrology Alongside the main TDMEP project, the team


has also been running two further projects, on Metrology and Standardization, two key components in allowing a country to trade globally. “We provide training on the standards


development process, help in the design of IT tools, address issues of technical committee management and inclusivity of technical committees so that everybody from all levels of society and the economy are included,” said Mohammad. The Metrology project addresses


developing the capacity of Egypt’s national measurement institute; the National Institute of Standards (NIS) “We have been working with the NIS who are charged with enabling the development of standardized measurements,” said Mohammad, “A country needs standardized legal measurements in order to trade globally”.


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