Not only is SRI Egypt attempting startups, but also existing enterprises, which have a considerable share in the 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.
The meetings with entrepreneurs were separately conducted by the project’s monitoring and evaluation consultants whereby findings were optimized ensuring accuracy and transparency. Following that, a comprehensive report has been compiled. The Assessment study was based on a user-friendly full-sized questionnaire intended to be easily filled in by recyclers so as to improve enterprises’ human and technical competitiveness in accordance with international specifications and standards.
The SRI project is an integral part of the Swiss Programme led by the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Sciences and Technology (EMPA) and is implemented in Egypt by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, CEDARE, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Trade and Industry. SRI 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 e-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.