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Italy and IOM Sign Agreement to Implement New Development Project in Egypt

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Cairo – The Directorate-General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed this week (05/02) an agreement for the implementation of of the second phase of the project Initiatives for Local Development of Egypt through the Support of Egyptians Abroad (ILDEA).

The project, which will be implemented by IOM, supports the efforts of the Egyptian government to involve Egyptian expatriates in the country's development. To this end, it will support the finalization of a policy framework on expatriate participation and the development of a communication plan to address expatriate communities and promote trade and investment in Egypt. The project adopts a participatory approach with the participation of several actors in the fields of migration and development.

"Today's signing is part of the successful and long-standing multidimensional cooperation between the Italian and Egyptian authorities in the field of migration," said Giampaolo Cantini, Italy's Ambassador to Egypt.

"ILDEA proves once again that Italy is making efforts to combat illegal migration with IOM's fundamental cooperation, both in Egypt and in the region. The Italian Cooperation renews its commitment to work with both the Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Emigrants, and with the Agency for the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, "said Ambassador Cantini. "Italy joins the initiatives of the Egyptian authorities aimed at social development in most of the regions concerned, focusing more particularly on young people and women," he added.

"I am pleased to extend our support to the policies and programs of the Egyptian Ministry of Migration and Expatriates and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency through the Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry. foreign affairs and international cooperation, "said Laurent De Boeck, IOM Chief of Mission in Egypt.

"For me, this is the best example of the strong links between migration and development, which recognizes the important role that the Egyptian expatriates play in the development of their country of origin", added Laurent De Boeck. "At a time when the general discourse on migration can be perceived negatively, the project sends a positive message about the role migrants play in host and home countries. "

The first phase of the project was implemented by IOM in Egypt in partnership with the Egyptian State Ministry of Emigration and Expatriates and the Agency for the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

The project contributes to the main objective of reducing irregular migration by supporting the implementation of five small-scale local community development initiatives in the Assiut governorate, providing employment opportunities and covering areas such as health and safety. the environment. The initiatives exceeded the expected number of beneficiaries and one of them was replicated by other local actors in the governorate.

ILDEA supports the realization of Egypt's sustainable development strategy: Egypt's Vision 2030. The project is also part of the United Nations Agenda for 2030, more specifically in the Sustainable Development Goals, including the Objective 1: No poverty; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 10: Reduced inequalities: and Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the goals.

For more information, please contact Omar Awwad, IOM Egypt, Tel: +2 02 2736 5140/1, Email: oawwad@iom.int

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