Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan asserted Egypt’s keenness to provide all aspects of support to Palestinians, proposing the establishment of a comprehensive vocational training programme for youth on small projects such as handmade carpets and pottery.
The programme aims to empower Palestinians to achieve social and economic independence.
Saafan met on Wednesday with Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs Ahmed Majdalani along with his delegation in Cairo to discuss preparations for holding the General Assembly of the Economic and Social Council this year.
At the beginning of the meeting, Saafan emphasised the distinguished relations between Egypt and Palestine, expressing Egypt’s keenness to strengthen joint Arab action to address the challenges facing the Arab nation, including the Palestinian issue.
The meeting also discussed the political tour undertaken by Majdalani in some Arab countries in preparation for holding the assembly.
Furthermore, both parties asserted the importance of the issues that the council should address, especially in light of the economic and social repercussions resulting from the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
On his part, Majdalani asserted the importance of developing handicrafts, especially that the unemployment rate has risen in Palestine, and new ideas that can contribute to providing job opportunities for Palestinian youths would be most welcome.
He noted that the discussions in the Economic and Social Council will work to exchange expertise between Arab countries to overcome the economic crises in the region.