On March 10th, 2016, the Embassy of Switzerland signed an agreement with Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology titled “Sustainable Recycling Industries in Egypt”. It aims at supporting sustainable integration and participation of small and medium enterprises in recycling of electronic waste in Egypt. Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is one of the fast-growing types of waste worldwide which includes discarded electrical or electronic equipment such as old televisions, computers, printers, mobile phones and batteries.
The agreement has three goals: to contribute to the promotion of policies and standards for the sustainable management of secondary resources; to build local capacity for sustainable recycling industries; to provide cities across Egypt with access to experiences developed in other countries under the project.
The Swiss-Egyptian two-year agreement is valued at 1.17 million Swiss francs and is expected to contribute to the Green Information and Communication Technology national strategy of Egypt; the basis for e-waste related initiatives in Egypt.