A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the International Labour Organization, represented by its Cairo Office Director Dr. Yousef Qaryouti, and the Danish Foreign Ministry, represented by its MENA Department Advisor, Mr. Jakob Rogild Jakobsen.
The agreement was signed in the framework of the Advancement of Youth Employment Opportunities Programme, which is implemented by the International Labour Organization in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and Migration. The scope of the MoU will expand the geographical capacity of the “Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People” project to two new governorates.
The Danish Government will finance the activities of the first phase of the project in the amount of US$ 1.6 million, to be implemented during 2013. The Danish Government may also fund the second phase of the project in the amount of US$ 4.4 million.
The ILO Office in Cairo is currently implementing the Advancement of Youth Employment Opportunities Programme in Egypt through the “Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People” project in the governorates of Port Said, Minya, and the Red Sea, through support and funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA – US$ 10 million) and in Aswan with support and funding from the Australian Government (3 million Australian dollars).
The ILO’s programme on youth employment operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.
The ILO among other works, engages strategic partnerships on youth employment through the promotion of cross-country and global peer networks, inter-agency cooperation across United Nations and other international agencies, and collaboration between the private and public sectors at the international, regional and national levels.