The Manager Training Programme with Egypt has been extended and expanded. The steering committee for the German-Egyptian programme reached this decision when it met at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) in Berlin. Both sides endorsed continuation of the programme launched in 2012 until 2017. Egyptian managers are now also to participate in transnational industry and subject-related training in Germany. The Egyptian side expressed particular interest in the aspects of waste management and recycling, energy and agriculture.
A win-win situation
To date, 77 Egyptian executives have participated in the bilateral programme. The training in Germany has motivated around half of these to implement restructuring measures and to boost product quality at their own company. The perception of almost all executives of employees as a cost factor could be changed to considering them as a business asset. Two thirds of participants invested in further training for their staff as a consequence and began involving employees in business decisions more.
The German co-chairman of the steering committee, Karl Wendling (Head of the BMWi Directorate on foreign trade legislation, foreign trade controls, and economic cooperation with North Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia) deems the outcomes of the cooperation to be extremely positive. Thus the German and Egyptian companies involved in the programme were able to enter into import and export business worth some six million euros (approx. 60 million Egyptian pounds).