Roundtable Discussions

Investment and Employment: Vision for a Better Future

Date : 1/3/2013

Speakers : H.E. Osama Saleh, Minister of Investment; H.E. Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade; Dr. Alaa Arafa, ECES; Mr. Mahmoud Attalah, CI-Capital Holding; Dr. Omneia Helmy, ECES

Unemployment and job creation are among the most important challenges facing policymakers in Egypt today. Official statistics indicate that youth unemployment was 24.8 percent in 2011, which is double the unemployment rate at the national level (12 percent). Specifically, this roundtable aimed to explore ways of increasing investment and job creation. The event also discussed government plans on the short, medium and long runs to increase investment and the rate of job creation. Participants in this event included a high-level group, including government officials, Shura Council members, academia, the media and civil society.