Businessman Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, a member of the Chamber of Engineering Industries and Chairman of the Board of Directors of "Jawad", revealed that the government is aware of the importance of supporting the national industry, and what must be focused on in the coming period is to support technical education, to provide skilled workers to factories in various sectors, indicating that the region The industrial zone in the tenth of Ramadan has two thousand factories and everyone is looking for a trained technician and worker.
In an interview with Al-Youm Al-Sabea, Abdel-Gawad added that factories suffer as a result of the flight of trained workers, so there must be a strategy to provide trained technical workers to the factories, pointing out that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is striving hard to support the national industry, with the aim of opening The door to it compared to imports, which negatively affects industry, and national factories enter into an unequal battle with import, especially for products that enter zero customs, such as products that enter from the European Union countries and Turkey.
In your opinion, will the national industry have more opportunities to face import?
We have to look first at the production process from the beginning, which is employment, energy and raw materials. The lower these elements, the greater the ability to compete, and currently energy is witnessing an increase in its prices, as well as the import we clearly suffer from, especially in the sanitary ware sector, due to the entry Products from European Union countries as well as Turkey with zero customs, and this puts a burden on the local industry, because the entry of products with this reduction makes competition difficult for national factories.
Do we need to reconsider foreign trade agreements?
We talked in the Chamber of Engineering Industries about the entry of products with zero customs, as it only bears 14% of the value-added tax, and here there must be a solution to this dilemma because it makes it difficult for us to compete, and with the imposition of import laws, some directed to the industry, but it is necessary to stand up to confront the phenomenon of factories Delusional, which does not exist except on paper only.
Employment training file Everyone suffers from the lack of trained workers, what is the reason?
Of course, the manufacturer spends on the worker and the technician until he is trained, so salaries are paid, as well as "courses" in addition to the losses upon practical training, and here I suggest that technical schools and industrial education be developed, and unfortunately we are trying to build a worker or technician from a student who has already failed in his studies Because you know that the student after the preparatory stage goes to agricultural or industrial education, because he does not want to learn, and therefore we must find a solution to this crisis.
There can be a solidarity between the large companies to provide training and employment for the workers, and there are industries such as manual labor in some productive sectors, and this requires immediate intervention, and we have a very good and competitive industry, but we need to deal with its crises.
Are production costs as a result of energy increases becoming a problem facing the industry?
Of course, energy prices in the past were one of the tools for attracting investors to Egypt, for example the price of electricity was 25 piasters and now 150 piasters, as well as other energy prices, and any reduction in the price of energy would lead to a reduction in production costs as well as attracting investors, and an increase in the production cost puts the national product in non-competition Equivalent to imported products.
Does the law of preferring local product in government contracts help factories obtain a greater share of the market?
In essence, the law saves the national industry, but unfortunately we face great obstacles in the process of implementing the law, and the bureaucracy upon implementation makes the national factories in second place when choosing to implement projects, and this matter requires intervention to solve this crisis.
There are government plans, with great support for the national industry, to reach exports to 100 billion dollars .. Can we really achieve this number?
Of course it is very possible. We have very strong products and industry, but we must first deal with their problems and the obstacles they face. First, we start by finding nutritious industries and making small factories that support large industries, and this prompts us to open the quality file for small industries, then focus on small industries incubators, the file Linked to each other, we need to localize industries in new and specialized cities such as Margham, Rubiki and Damietta, and this approach is currently based on the state, which creates a qualified environment for protecting industry, and this trend has caused the success of countries such as China, Taiwan and Italy.