Hundreds of entrepreneurs from Upper Egypt participated in an entrepreneurship competition this weekend co-sponsored by USAID, Assiut and Sohag universities, and several private sector firms. Winners included several health care apps; a platform that connects people with babysitters, cooks, and housekeepers; and a call center that provides instant translation for deaf people through video calls, voice notes, and sign language.
Cairo – Marking the conclusion of the Leadership for Education and Development (LEAD) undergraduate scholarship program at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr and USAID Mission Director Sherry Carlin congratulated scholarship recipients and celebrated twelve years of the program’s success.
“Since 2004, the LEAD program has awarded scholarships to gifted public school students from every governorate and provided them with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, excel, and contribute to their communities,” USAID Mission Director Sherry Carlin said during the ceremony at AUC. “Education is one of the surest ways to help build Egypt’s prosperity, and USAID has been proud to support this vital program.”
Cairo – Cairo – Hundreds of aspiring Egyptian entrepreneurs participated in a competition this weekend designed to educate and motivate new entrants to the business sector. The StartUp Weekend event, co-sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British University of Egypt (BUE), enables Egypt’s tremendous cadre of innovative, educated, business-minded young adults seeking to strengthen Egypt’s economy.
“The American people know first-hand that encouraging innovative entrepreneurs is one of the most effective ways to create jobs and increase incomes,” said Dr. William Patterson from the USAID mission in Egypt. “USAID is proud to support Egypt’s entrepreneurs and believes these innovators have the talent and ingenuity to help build the foundation of a thriving, stable economy in Egypt.”
Aswan – In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was pleased to launch a new food security and agribusiness support project in Upper Egypt today. Valued at $23 million, the project will help increase farmers’ incomes by introducing innovative technologies and promoting international quality standards certification. Over 120 people attended the launch, including local government officials and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the private sector, and academic institutions.
“This project uses a market-driven approach to bring benefits to farmers, food processors, transporters, and buyers,” said Dr. William Patterson from the USAID mission in Egypt. “It will help farmers be more responsive to the needs of domestic and foreign buyers, and by increasing incomes and teaching healthy nutrition, it will improve families’ health.”
The U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Board approved fifteen collaborative research projects in health, water, agriculture, technology, and energy totaling $4.5 million last week in Washington, D.C. The Joint Board also agreed to send ten young Egyptian scientists to the United States to conduct research in their areas of specialization.
“One of the greatest strengths of the program is that it promotes collaboration between Egyptian and American scientists to address development challenges,” said Dr. Mary C. Ott, USAID Assistant Administrator for the Middle East. “The person-to-person relationships established among scientists during this time have contributed to a global culture of critical thinking, respect, and cooperation.”
Last updated: October 11, 2016