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.
The meeting agenda involved a number of presentations and discussions around top priorities: routine presentations by CEDARE about the latest activities and status-quo at the operational level, Technology Partnerships and SMEs Support, as well as a presentation titled “Business Case” by SOFIES’ CEO. E-waste Business Opportunities, informal sector mapping and legislations in Egypt were briefly discussed with one of CEDARE’s experts. The “Medical and Electronic Waste Management” Project of GEF-UNDP & MOU with SRI was outlined by the Technical Officer of GEF project. Additionally, SRI Project Director led discussions on existing and potential challenges & explored support expected from different stakeholders.
It is noteworthy that the SRI project aims at introducing sustainable e-waste recycling industries to Egypt through the provision of legal, administrative and technical support such as capacity building and training. The integration and participation of small and medium enterprises in the recycling of electronic waste, governance and safe management of non-renewable resources is the main output. Creating job opportunities and increasing local competencies of both the formal and informal sectors in order to achieve sustainability in the recycling process is also a fundamental target.