Germany is planning to increase its support to Egypt in the training of young people and has agreed a training pact with the North African country. The German Minister for Development Gerd Mueller said the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was aware that investment in education was the key to the development of his country. The two politicians met in Cairo on Tuesday. In addition to primary education, existing education and training co-operations will also be expanded.
Mueller also inaugurated a training center in the city of An al-Suchna on the Red Sea. Over the next four years, 5500 people are to be trained there in the fields of mechanics, electrical engineering, mechatronics and automation technology. Despite high levels of youth unemployment in Egypt there is a lack of skilled personnel in many areas. According to official data, around one third of young people in Egypt are unemployed. Egypt therefore was a key country in terms of migration, Mueller said.