Over the 2006-2017 period, Egypt’s average rate of unemployment was 11 per cent, with a 24 per cent unemployment among the youth (15-29). To mitigate unemployment (in total, and among the youth), a primary policy concern is how to promote industries with a high employment-generating potential. For this purpose, it remains key to identifying those industries, and to move beyond the national-level, to the regional/governorate-levels. The promotion of industries at the regional level comes against the backdrop of the regions’ total employment, youth employment, the skill and gender features of employment, and youth unemployment.

This policy brief presents analysis and policy recommendations on high multiplier industries for youth employment in Egypt.

Growth Sectors for Youth Employment (GSYE) is an African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative research that is seeking to provide research evidence on which economic sectors have the potential to significantly create employment for youth. The project was commissioned by INCLUDE, with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project is implemented by AERC in conjunction with the Economic Research Forum (ERF) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The project aims to provide research evidence on the economic sectors with the highest multipliers and potential to create employment opportunities for young people in the continent.

This policy brief presents the country case study of Egypt, one of the nine countries selected for country-specific research.

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