In a keynote speech today at the ALROWAD conference for small and medium enterprises in Egypt, the United States confirmed its commitment to helping Egypt's economy succeed. Over the past two years, USAID grantee ALROWAD has launched professional communities that work with businesses to improve their skills, increase revenue, create jobs, and use technology to grow their businesses.
Over 35 teams of entrepreneurs participated in the Aswan Startup Weekend competition on November 14, 15, and 16 as part of the United States’ contribution to International Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Since the start of the January 2011 revolution, USAID’s portfolio in Egypt has focused on responding to the Egyptian people’s demands for jobs, accountability, and rights. In the wake of the events of July 3, these priorities remain intact. We will continue to work with the Egyptian people to address their legitimate aspirations for economic opportunities and democratic governance.
USAID’s assistance program in Egypt is a cornerstone of our bilateral relationship, and we are proud of the accomplishments we have made over the last thirty years. Just to highlight a few accomplishments, USAID has achieved significant impact in increasing access to education. Our recently completed early grade reading program improved fluency by 91 percent in pilot schools, and the scaled-up project reached 1.4 million students in all grade-one classrooms across Egypt. Our assistance has awarded 185,000 scholarships to girls and built nearly 100 schools (serving over 44,000 students) in underserved communities throughout the country.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Alexandria University announced the launch of the first Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day for technical school students at an event highlighting the role of vocational education in supporting a strong and successful private sector.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the American University in Cairo (AUC), and Suez Canal University (SCU) celebrated the launch of the Employability and Career Development Center (ECDC), which will help students at SCU increase their chances of landing satisfactory employment upon graduation. Ms. Lisa Franchett, Director of Education and Training Office at USAID in Egypt; AUC President Dr. Lisa Anderson; and SCU President Dr. Mohamed A. Mohamadein participated in the inauguration and ribbon cutting of the new ECDC office at SCU’s Ismailia campus.
Last updated: August 14, 2014