Better Work Egypt has sailed with the export-oriented garment industry through the worst of a months-long coronavirus slowdown.
Now it’s ready to help the country navigate the waves of its economy restart and work on its compliance with international labour standards.
Officially launched a week before the government imposed a countrywide lockdown in mid-March amid increasing coronavirus infections, the project has kept working on all components throughout the pandemic.
As the country has started a new phase of coexistence with the virus, SLARIE’s activities are beginning to gain momentum.
Egypt began gradually reopening the economy in June, with the situation steadily improving ever since and with business slowly returning to the country.
According to the IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), September marked Egypt’s first economic expansion in 14 months due to a rise in export orders in August.
“We welcome the SLARIE project,” says H.E. Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan. “It will contribute to creating an enabling environment for the Better Work Programme and trade union organizations to operate and for the establishment of sound labour relations across the manufacturing sector.”