SRI @ A Glance

SRI LogoElectronic 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 lead batteries. High toxicity of e-waste, including lead, causes pollution and health problems if improperly disposed of through methods like incineration. On the other hand, e-waste also contains important secondary non-renewable materials such as copper. Disposal of such valuable materials means that they are lost forever and cannot be reused. This pushes countries worldwide to mine for new materials.

From an economic perspective, e-waste includes non-renewable precious components as gold, silver & copper. If totally disposed, that would absolutely impose a great financial burden on nations who would waste huge budgets again for mining, and hence the value of the Project and its sustainable outcomes such as reducing pollution, preserving non-renewable natural resources, besides creating jobs.

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The Swiss SRI Project Launches its Entrepreneurship Support Programme: E-KHORDA

As mandated by the SRI Project, E-Khorda; the entrepreneurship sE-khorda logoupport and incubation programme was recently launched to provide technical assistance to start-ups in the e-waste recycling field and to help build operational e-waste companies by end of 2017. E-Khorda’s implementing partners are CEDARE, Chemonics Egypt Consultants, Cleantech Arabia, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Innoventures, and Sofies Consulting. The incubation programme, which was preceded by 3 separate info sessions targeting interested applicants, consists of a two-month detailed capacity building and training including a condensed 10-day training which started on March 10, 2017.

 

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SRI Conducts Technical Needs Assessment for Existing E-Waste Recyclers

Not only is SRI Egypt attempting startups, but also existing enterprises, which have a considerable share in thdownloade bundle of services provided by the project. As a tool of business development, the Technical Needs Assessment is a major activity designed for e-waste recyclers and in line with the “Training and Technical Support” component. The Project’s experts met with a number of existing recyclers on February 14th, 15th, & 19th, 2017. The one-to-one working sessions aimed at conducting a rapid assessment of the specific technical needs of each enterprise as well as to help them acquire those needs. This very activity targeted exploring potential development opportunities, bridging existing informational gaps and providing enterprises with technical support as mandated by the project.

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SRI Project conducts the third meeting of its Steering Committee

On February 1st, 2017, the Steering Committee members of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project met in one of a series of periodical meetings to follow up on the implementation of the project at the technical and operational levels. The meeting, chaired by the Director of Information Infrastructure Division and hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), was attended by all members and the CEO of Sofies and the Project Director and Coordinator representing the Project Management Unit in CEDARE besides all partners and stakeholders.

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SRI Egypt starts 2017 Activities by bringing together the Project’s Advisory Board

As one of the key deliverables, the SRI Project advisory board has been recently 1st Advisory Board Meetingestablished and the first meeting was held on January 11th, 2017 at the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT). The structure of the board incorporates CEDARE, Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (ENCPC), Egyptian Organization for Standards & Quality, Information Technology Institute (ITI), MCIT, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry, National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Social Fund for Development (SFD), Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) & UNDP GEF.

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SRI Steering Committee holds its Second Meeting in Cairo

In the framework of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project, the second steering committee meeting was held on the 27th of September, 2016 at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) premises.

Chaired by the Director of the IT infrastructure Sector, MCIT, the meeting was attended by all members including CEDARE’s Project Management Unit, representatives of the Ministry of Finance, representatives of Ministry of Trade and Industry, representatives of Ministry of Environment, and from the Swiss side; representatives of Sofiz Institute, the Swiss Federation of materials Science and Technology Laboratories, and the Swiss embassy in Cairo.

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Egypt Officially Joins the International Programme for “Sustainable Recycling Industries”

SRI LaunchEgypt's Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) hosted the launching event of the Sustainable Recycling Industries-SRI Project- in Egypt, as a result of the agreement signed by the Egyptian and the Swiss Governments. The event was attended by all the partners from the Egyptian and Swiss sides, the implementing organizations and experts and other stakeholders. On top of the list was H.E. Eng. Yasser ElKady, Egypt’s Minister of MCIT, H.E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Egypt’s Minister of Environment, H.E. Mr. Marco Leitner, the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Hossam Allam, Regional Director of CEDARE’s Sustainable Growth Programme, besides a distinguished team of experts from Switzerland. Experts from relevant ministries, civil society & NGOs, international organizations and private sector were present as well. Swiss and international experts of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), responsible for supervising the project’s implementation, participated in the event.

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