Green Growth: Industrial Waste Management and SME Entrepreneurship Hub in Egypt

Project Summary

Approval Date 20 Feb 2013
Signature Date 20 Feb 2013
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Industry, Minning & Quarrying
DAC Sector Code 32110
Commitment U.A 1,406,408.58
Status Implementation

Project General Description

Driven by the private sector and accounting for almost 20% of the GDP and 23% of employment, the industrial sector is critical for Egypt’s economic growth and for employment generation. Traditionally focused on heavy and labor-intensive sub-sectors such as iron, steel, petroleum, spinning and weaving, the industrial sector has evolved and diversified over the years to include agro-processing, ready-made garments and leather manufacturing, paints and tiles, furniture, automotive feeding industries, etc. The government has supported the industrial sector through various initiatives including the creation of industrial zones, the establishment of dedicated specialized councils representing the private sector and advocating for their demands, facilitation of private public partnerships and provision of support services through specialized entities such as the Industrial Council for Technology and Innovation and its affiliated technology and innovation centers. Given that SMEs make up 99% of the non-agriculture private sector, they are crucial stakeholders in the industrial sector both in terms of firms operating in the sector as well as feeding industries for the larger private and public sector firms. According to a 2012 census conducted by the Egyptian Banking Institute, 51% of SMEs operate in the manufacturing sector, largely in the food and beverage sub-sector followed by the textile sub-sector. It is estimated that SMEs account for a substantial percentage of GDP and for 75% of employment.

Project Objectives

The project’s objective is to develop a sustainable and integrated industrial waste exchange system in a selected pilot area to be positioned as a Green Entrepreneurship Hub, linking industrial wastes generators, potential users and recyclers to improve cross-industry resource efficiency, promote the development of new innovative SMEs, create green job opportunities, reduce the environmental impact of industrial waste and improve the lives of Egyptian citizens.


The direct beneficiaries of the project will be the private sector firms and entrepreneurs located in the selected pilot area, who will benefit from the IWEX and the job opportunities to be created. The indirect beneficiaries will be the Egyptian citizens at large.

Participating Organization

MENA Transition Fund
Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (ENCPC), under the Industrial Council for Innovation and Technology


IATI identifier 46002-G-EG-BG0-ZZZ-001
Last Update 20 Oct 2020


Contact Details

Name Gehane El Sokkary

Geographic Location

Country Egypt