Egypt Vision 2030

The sustainable development strategy, "Egypt's Vision 2030", is a milestone in the comprehensive development path in Egypt, as well as a road map that aims at maximizing the benefit from its elements and competitive advantages. The strategy adopted the concept of sustainable development as a general framework aiming to improve the quality of life in the present time, without prejudice to the rights of future generations to live a better life. The concept of development adopted by such strategy is based on several pillars as follows:

TitleDescription
Pillar I: Economic DevelopmentBy 2030, the Egyptian economy will be a disciplined market economy that is characterized by stable macroeconomic conditions and capability of achieving sustainable containment growth. Moreover, it will also be characterized by competitiveness, diversity, and dependent on knowledge. The Egyptian economy will be an active player in the global economy, capable of adapting to global variables, maximize the added value and provide job opportunities, as well as making the real GDP per capita reaches the ranks of upper middle-income countries.
Pillar II: EnergyBy 2030, the energy sector will be able to meet all the requirements of sustainable national development of energy resources and maximize efficient utilization of its various sources leading to an effective contribution in promoting the economic growth, national competitiveness and social justice as well as preserving the environment and showing leadership in the fields of renewable energy and rational sustainable management of resources. In addition, the energy sector will be characterized by the ability to innovate, predict and adapt to local, regional and international variables in the field of energy, within the framework of keeping pace with achieving the international goals of sustainable development.
Pillar III: Knowledge, Innovation and Scientific ResearchBy 2030, Egyptian society will be creative, innovative and productive in the fields of science, technology and knowledge, characterized by the existence of an integrated policy that includes the development value of innovation and knowledge, and will link knowledge and outputs of innovation to national goals and challenges.
Pillar IV: Transparency and Efficiency of Government InstitutionsBy 2030, the administrative apparatus will be an efficient and effective apparatus, which improves the management of State resources. Besides, it will be characterized by transparency, fairness, and flexibility and it will be subject to accountability and it will work to increase citizens' satisfaction, and interacts with and responds to them.
Pillar V: Social JusticeBy 2030, it is targeted to build a fair and adaptive society that is characterized by the equality of rights as well as economic, social and political opportunities with the highest degree of societal integration. Moreover, it is targeted to build a society capable of guaranteeing the citizen's right in participation and equitable distribution in light of the criteria of competency, accomplishment and sovereignty of law, stimulating social mobility opportunities based on capacities, providing mechanisms for protection against the dangers of life, working in parallel to support marginalized classes of society and protecting the most favored persons.
Pillar VI: HealthBy 2030, all Egyptians shall enjoy the right to a safe and healthy life, through the implementation of an integrated health policy characterized by its quality, non-discrimination and available for everyone. Such policy shall be able to improve health indicators by achieving a comprehensive preventive coverage, ensuring early intervention for all citizens including those who are financially in-need, and achieving the satisfaction of citizens and workers in the health sector to reach proper level of prosperity, welfare, happiness, and social and economic development. Such policy intended to make Egypt as a pioneer in the field of health, research and preventive services in the Arab and African countries.
Pillar VII: Education and TrainingBy 2030, high quality education and training shall be made available to everyone without discrimination under an efficient, fair, sustainable and resilient institutional framework. Education and training shall concentrates on the recipient and trainee who is able to think and has technical and technological skills. Such education and training shall aim to build an integrated human personality and maximize its capabilities to build a citizen who is proud of himself/ herself, enlightened, creative, responsible, multicultural, respects difference, proud of the country's history and passionate toward shaping its future and able to deal competitively with regional and global entities.
Pillar VIII: CultureBy 2030, it is intended to set up positive cultural values in Egyptian society that respects diversity, differences and non-discrimination. The vision aims to enable the Egyptian citizen to access means of knowledge acquiring and open horizons to interact with contemporary global challenges, to realize the Egyptian history and cultural heritage, and to gain the ability to choose freely, and to secure his/ her right to practice and produce culture; while relying on the positive elements in culture as a source of strength for development, and an added value for the national economy, and a basis for Egypt's soft power regionally and globally.
Pillar IX: EnvironmentBy 2030, the environment pillar will be an essential one in all development and economic sectors in a manner that ensures security, efficient usage, optimal exploitation and investment of natural resources in order to secure the rights of future generations. Such pillar will focus, as well, on diversifying sources of production and economic activities, supporting competitiveness, providing new job opportunities, eradicating poverty, and achieving social justice while providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for all Egyptians.
Pillar X: Urban DevelopmentBy 2030, Egypt through its land, civilization and distinguished location will be able to accommodate its population as well as resources under a more balanced scheme that meets the aspirations of Egyptians and improves the quality of their lives.

Macro Economic

  • According to the latest survey conducted on a sample of the labor force, unemployment rates fell to about 8.1% in Q3 of FY 2018/19 compared to 10.6% in Q3 of FY 2017/18.
  • The economic growth rate increased to 5.6% during FY2018/19 compared to 5.3% in FY2017/18.
  • Private investments witnessed a rise of 51.7% during FY2018/19 reaching EGP 480 billion compared to EGP 316.4 billion during FY2016/17. The total implemented investments also increased during the FY2018/19 by 30.3% EGP 940 billion compared to EGP 721.1 billion during FY2017/18.
  • Net international reserves has kept on same amount, US$ 44.3 billion, by the end of FY2018/19 compared to FY2017/18.

Youth and Innovation

Egypt's young and educated workforce provides investors with access to talented labour. Their passion and creativity, together with legislative support, have helped put Egypt among the top 10 countries worldwide to launch start-ups, according to Forbes in 2015.

  • Egypt boasts a large, young, well-trained and highly competitive labour force of around 29.1 million (more than 31% of the total Egyptian population).
  • Egypt's vast youth population coupled with its rapidly growing internet penetration (40%), e-commerce potential (expected to reach US 2.7 billion by 2020) and strategic geographical location all provide an attractive investment environment.
  • Egypt has long been known as a regional net exporter of educated and skilled labour. But as the economy expands, young Egyptians are increasingly opting to stay in their home country.
  • Every year approximately 300,000 Egyptians graduate from university; around 200,000 as trained engineers and 15,000 with European language skills. IT & telecom, energy, O&G, building materials, pharmaceuticals are particularly strong skillsets amongst graduates.
  • In 2016, Egypt was shortlisted as the Outsourcing Destination of the Year for the European Outsourcing Association Awards, one of the most prestigious outsourcing industry awards. The contribution of Egypt's ICT industry to GDP grew by 13% in the last two years, reaching 4.1% of total GDP. In May 2016, the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency, ITIDA, announced that eight multinationals planned to expand their presence in Egypt, in the process creating 6,000 new jobs. Compared to other outsourcing destinations in Europe and Asia, Egypt enjoys an exceptionally low attrition rate. Against this background, the country is heavily investing in skills development and talent management. The Next Technology Leaders is an initiative to qualify 16,000 Egyptian youths in the ICT field through online and interactive training in collaboration with multinational corporations, Egyptian universities, and learning institutions.

With a bustling population of over 90 million, 50% of which are below the age of 30, Egypt is aggressively staking its claim as one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial hubs in the world.

Knowledge, innovation and scientific research are at the heart of Egypt's 2030 social development strategy. This strategy also includes:
  • Carrying out legal reform to foster innovation.
  • Adopting a comprehensive program to promote innovation and knowledge culture.
  • Comprehensive program to stimulate innovation activities by SMEs.
  • Activating PPP models to stimulate innovation.
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, together with the government of Switzerland, developed the E-Khodra program for the recycling of waste and offers training, office space and marketing benefits to 10-15 start-ups. This succeeded in jumpstarting several innovators, such as:
  • Recyclobekia: a company that became the first in the region to generate revenue from recyclable material from electronic waste;
  • Up-Fuse: a company that partnered with NGOs in our Garbage City, they turn plastic bags into fabrics, bags, totes, wallets and more;
  • Tagaddod: a start-up that succeeded in turning cooking oil to clean fuel.
There are 38 angel investors, compared to 17 venture capitalists. Forbes Middle East featured 20 of the most innovative Egyptian start-ups in different innovative fields, nine of which raised more than US$ 1 million., A few of these startups are:
  • Yoota: an app for online price comparisons;
  • Diwan Videos: a multichannel network on YouTube;
  • Vezeeta: a doctor appointment booking and review site; and
  • Elves: a personal helper which is advancing online sh opping by creating a friendly experience and personal for shoppers. It has been integrated already to social media platforms like Facebook and What's App, and already expanding to UAE and Turkey.

Market Access

Because of its geographic location, as well as being the second largest signatory to multinateral trade agreements in the world, Egypt connects investors with established and emerging markets.

Egypt, in 2018, occupied a better position, reached the 18th position (out of 177 countries) in the Unctad's “Liner Shipping Connectivity Index" which measures competitiveness in the maritime system based on the network and the quality of the container liner service offered by the ports.
In addition, between 2007 and 2018 Egypt rose 30 positions in the Logistic Performance Index, reaching the 67th position. (World Bank indicator measuring logistics competitiveness of 159 countries in the world).
Egypt has a number of bilateral investment agreements in place with countries around the world, including Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Libya, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Egypt is a signatory to a number of other international trade agreements as it
  • Joined the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in 1998.
  • Co-signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the United States in 1999 to create freer trade and increased investment flows between the two countries.
  • Became a member of the Pan Arab Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA), and the Agadir Agreement with Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia, which relaxes rules of origin requirements on jointly manufactured products for export to Europe.
  • Had an FTA with Turkey since 2007 and in 2013 ratified an FTA with the Mercosur bloc of Latin American nations.
  • Signed an Association Agreement with the European Union (EU) in 2001, which came into effect in 2004. Under its terms, Egyptian products are given immediate duty free access into EU markets while EU products are being phased in over a 12-year period.
In 2010, Egypt and the EU added an agricultural annex to their FTA, liberalising trade in over 90% of agricultural goods. It is worth noting that
  • Egypt is a major trading partner with the EU, particularly in the Southern Mediterranean region.
  • EU-Egypt bilateral trade more than doubled between 2004 and 2012 from €11.8billion to €23.9billion.
  • The EU accounted for 22.9% of Egypt's trade volume in 2013 and ranks first for imports and exports.
  • Egyptian fuel and mining products accounted for 49.5% of EU imports from Egypt in 2014, followed by textiles and clothing (10.2%) and chemicals (9.1%). EU exports to Egypt consist mainly of machinery and transport equipment (24.5%).
  • EU exports of services to Egypt are dominated by business services, while EU imports from Egypt consist mainly of travel services and transport.

Infrastructure

Egypt offers well-developed infrastructure and continues to invest in upgrades, including investments of more than US$ 15 Billion in roads, electricity networks and irrigation projects.

Infrastructure is a prerequisite for investment. The Government is working to ensure that the right infrastructure exists. Adequate access to utilities, electricity, gas connections, water, ports, and connecting roads for investors to conduct their business is essential.

TypeDescription
AirportsEgypt has over 21 airports that serve touristic, industrial and mining locations.
Cairo International Airport was upgraded in 2016 increased annual capacity to 7.5 million passengers and the airport's total passenger handling capacity to 26 million.
Two new international airports, Katameya International Airport and Sphinx International Airport, were inaugurated in October 2016 in order to service the growing number of international travelers to Egypt and lessen the pressure on Cairo International Airport. Both airports are built in areas which were previously part of military airbases.
Marine PortsManufacturers and traders utilize four key marine ports with access to the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal:
  • Suez Port

    In August 2015, Egypt opened a second lane in the Suez Canal, adding 35km of new channels to the existing canal and another 35km where existing bodies of water were dredged to make way for larger ships. The $8 billion expansion increases capacity from 50 transits a day to 97 and cuts waiting time from 18 to 11 hours.

  • Damietta Port

    Located in Alexandria, Damietta Port is home to the largest container terminal and some of the most sophisticated equipment in the Middle East.

  • Port Said

    Port Said port is considered one of the most important Egyptian ports on the Mediterranean sea due to its geographical site where it is located on the Eastern entrance of the Suez canal, and also on the entrance of the biggest global navigational channel (the Suez Canal) and at the mid of biggest commercial navigational channel linking Europe with the East and it is also considered biggest crossing traffic port in the world.

  • Port Sokhna

    Established by Build-Operate-Tranfer system and managed via logistic centers, the Sokhna port is regarded as the first in the region comprehensive and multipurpose hub port and comes under what is called "Third Generation ports" to serve export and import operations of general cargo, bulk and container handling.

  • Natural Resources
    • Oil & Gas

      Egypt is the largest non-OPEC oil producer in Africa and the second largest natural gas producer after Algeria.
      Egypt has succeeded in increasing natural gas production to around 4.45 billion cubic feet of gas per day by accelerating the search for natural gas reserves in the Mediterranean.
      Egypt has attracted investments of almost $1 billion over the last few years to upgrade its O&G infrastructure and boost discoveries in the Mediterranean, the Western Desert, the Gulf of Suez and Upper Egypt.
      The most recent discoveries in Zohr concession indicate an expected 30 trillion cubic meters of gas.
      The Suez Canal and the Suez Mediterranean (SUMED) pipeline provide a critical route for oil through the Arabian Gulf to Europe and the United States.

    • Mining

      Egypt has Africa's largest, and one of the world's top five, phosphate reserves with almost a billion metric tons in phosphate rock lying nearby the Golden Triangle Investment Zone.
      Egypt is rich in other natural resources such as gold, particularly with the recent success of the Centamin mine, which is expected to become one of the world's top 10 producing gold mines.

    RoadsEgypt has upgraded its transport infrastructure, adding more than 6,000 kilometers of new roads connecting multiple regions and serving a number of mega projects and investment zones.
    EnergyWorking with Siemens as a strategic partner, Egypt's power generation capacity has increased by 45 percent since June 2015 upon completion of the three power plants in the Administrative Capital, Beni Suef and Burullus. It cost US$ 9 billion and added 16400 MW to the country's energy supply.
    Egypt is working with international companies to build power stations providing 40,000MW of additional power within the next ten years, and there has been great strides in private sector investments after the progressive liberalization of the sector with the unified electricity law, which:
    • Allows for private sector participation, in the generation of electricity, for both locals and foreigners, by introducing a simple legal licensing regime.
    • Allows for the first time for private sector participation in the distribution of electricity for both locals and foreigners.
    • Introduces the concept of competitive electricity markets for the first time in Egypt by setting out the framework for market liberalization through de-monopolizing generation and distribution activities.
    • Restructures the roles of both the Egyptian Electric Utility & Consumer Protection Agency (“ERA") and the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (“EETC"), and redefines their competencies and interaction with the power sector participants to ensure equality and freedom of competition.
    • Codifies the fundamentals of permitting and licensing.
    • Unifies various regulations relating to the electricity sector.
    Renewable EnergyEgypt's Electricity and Renewable Energy Ministry inaugurated a 200-MW wind farm in Gabal el Zeit, Red Sea governorate, which is the largest operational wind farm in the Middle East. The project was completed over a period of 30 months at a total cost of €270 million (US$ 275.8 million). It was financed by the German government, through KFW Development Bank, as well as the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
    The completion of Egypt's first solar panel manufacturing facility is underway in Qena, located in Upper Egypt, and it will be one of the largest plants in the region.
    Egypt is undertaking one of the world's largest and most comprehensive renewable energy programmes, which, when combined with an ambitious industrial energy efficiency programme, will reduce national energy demand by 8% by 2022. In addition:
    • Egypt is committed to more than doubling the contribution of renewable energy ventures to electricity production by 2020. It aims to provide 20% of the country's power requirements through renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and nuclear power.
    • Egypt is encouraging private sector investment in the renewable energy sector as it looks to diversify its energy industry.
    • Feed-in-tariffs, which provide cost-based compensation, are just one of the incentives being offered to private investors to encourage greater investment in the sector.