EBRD boosts tourism sector skills in Egypt

By Nibal Zgheib

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  • EBRD supports the establishment of a Sector Skills Council to benefit tourism and hospitality in Egypt
  • Council to strengthen the tourism sector and economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Tourism sector to benefit from improved skills standards, economic inclusion and job opportunities, supported by SECO

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the establishment of a new Sector Skills Council (SSC) in Egypt, a multi-stakeholder platform aiming at fostering more resilient and inclusive human capital in the hospitality and tourism sector.  

On 5 March 2022, the EBRD signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the SSC with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MOTA) and the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF), with support from the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).  

This new public-private partnership and policy dialogue platform will develop skills-gap analyses, skills development strategies, qualification frameworks and occupational skills standards. It will also provide market-relevant training to the hospitality and tourism sector, thus helping to develop a skilled labour market and opening up greater access to employment for those working in the tourism-related industries. The tourism sector is a fundamental contributor to the country’s economic growth.

The partners will develop a clear mandate and operational plan for the SSC, along with a list of the 20 most pertinent occupational standards for the tourism sector. Capacity-building support will be provided to SSC partners in government, enterprise and training provision.

Representatives from various  tourism and hospitality sectors, such as hotels, restaurants and tour guides, will play a leading role in the SSC to ensure market relevance and strong private-sector input into skills governance.

To boost the recovery of Egypt’s tourism sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EBRD also launched the tourism recovery assistance package in partnership with the World Tourism Organization. The package will support the measurement and monitoring of Covid-19 impacts on the tourism sector, the development of tourism recovery incentive programmes and the review of operational protocols on safety, hygiene and security. As part of the package, tailor-made training programmes have been developed alongside institutional strengthening measures to better coordinate the recovery and bolster the growth of Egypt’s tourism.

The EBRD has recently supported access to market-relevant skills and employment opportunities with a new state-of-the-art culinary workshop at the German Hotel School in El Gouna, in partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, funded by the EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi-Donor Account (SEMED MDA).*

The EBRD had previously supported the tourism sector in the SEMED region with a similar venture in Jordan in 2018. The first tourism and hospitality SSC in the country saw some 20,000 employees benefit from better training programmes and the skills development needed to boost a vital local industry severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Egypt, the EBRD supported the launch of the first SSC of its kind in the electrical equipment and cables industry in 2019. It signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federation of Egyptian Industries and the Chamber of Engineering Industries to create a policy dialogue platform on skills governance, led by the private sector. The EBRD continues to support the SSC architecture in Egypt, along with various partners including the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, the Ministry of International Cooperation, the European Union’s technical and vocational education and training reform, phase 2 (TVET II), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and others.

Egypt is a founding member of the EBRD. Since the start of the Bank’s operations there in 2012, the EBRD has invested more than €8.6 billion in 144 projects across the country.


*Donors to the SEMED MDA are: Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taipei China and the United Kingdom.


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