Friday, June 10 2022

Egyptian Minister of Labor Mohamed Saafan


Most private sector workplaces nationwide – estimated at 3.7 million institutions – have committed to the EGP 2,400 minimum wage, with only 3,028 institutions requesting an exemption due to considerations financial affairs, the minister said in an interview with the Egyptian news agency MENA on Tuesday.

These applications, he noted, are currently under review, stressing that no application will be accepted from an institution unless it submits documentation indicating its eligibility for the exemption.

Regarding women workers, Saafan said that the ministry provides appropriate working conditions for women and implements a number of awareness programs on the role of women in the workplace and their rights and duties, such as the constitution and the law so provide.

The Ministry will also soon launch the National Plan for Gender Equality at Work to integrate women into the labor market and provide a supportive framework for women to work in the private sector and improve job opportunities. their economic participation, noted the minister.

As for Egyptian expatriates, the minister assured that the number of Egyptian workers abroad is increasing despite global economic challenges, such as the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Saafan, no less than 320,848 overseas job opportunities were offered to Egyptians in the year 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 despite the pandemic.

He added that his ministry also recently launched an electronic linkage system to regulate the entry of Egyptian labor into Libya and help rebuild its western neighbor.

In addition, Egyptian workers will only be allowed to return to Libya through the new system, he stressed, saying that it is estimated that Libya will need millions of Egyptian workers for its reconstruction efforts.

Saafan also pointed out that efforts are underway to activate electronic liaison systems with other countries, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, to regulate the entry of Egyptian workers there.

In addition, the ministry is currently preparing a comprehensive strategic report on future jobs in Egypt over the next two decades, which Saafan says will see changes due to the huge technological development in the production process.

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