The Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, Sharifa Sharif, met with the Group Chief Corporate Sustainability and Impact Officer of EFG Holding and CEO of the EFG Foundation, Hanaa Helmy, to discuss potential areas of cooperation in the field of sustainable development.
The National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, which is the training arm of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, aims to promote a culture of sustainability and activate governance mechanisms across all sectors of the state in alignment with the objectives of Egypt’s Vision 2030. The institute also provides advisory, research, and training programs in partnership with major centers and universities on both local and international levels.
During the meeting, Sharif highlighted the initiatives launched by the institute, such as the ‘Be an Ambassador’ initiative for sustainable development, which focuses on building and enhancing capacities in the field of sustainable development, with an emphasis on modern environmental thinking, the concept of fair and inclusive sustainable development, and the importance of committing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). She also mentioned the ‘Green Minds’ initiative, which aims to raise awareness and promote sustainable behavior among children and students in schools to combat climate change, and the ‘Salah, Omnia, and Development Goals’ initiative, which aims to simplify the concept of sustainable development and its goals through 17 engaging and captivating short stories suitable for primary school children.
Sharif also explained the role of the Egypt Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center in empowering Egyptian youth as entrepreneurs to help foster an entrepreneurial mindset capable of generating innovative ideas that contribute to achieving Egypt’s Vision 2030 goals, which align with the UNSDG. The center also seeks to enhance coordination and support among stakeholders in Egypt’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, improving necessary services for entrepreneurs and encouraging startup companies to begin their operations.
Helmy expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, saying: “The EFG Foundation looks forward to joining forces with the institute through fruitful collaboration in the field of sustainable development and the development of local communities to combat climate change. They aim to empower women, activate the circular economy, incorporate various technological means, and promote financial inclusion for a sustainable green future.”
They also discussed the cooperation between the institute and the foundation in implementing the ‘Green Footprint’ initiative, which includes a training program titled ‘Heya for Sustainable Development’ that targets 50 women from the Aswan Governorate, specifically Esna. The training will be divided into two stages. The first stage will focus on training participants on rooftop cultivation techniques. After evaluating the participants’ engagement in training, the second stage, ‘Train the Trainer,’ will commence, providing training on how to execute the project from idea to implementation.