* As part of Microsoft's initiative to help 25 million acquire digital skills needed, Microsoft and Injaz Al-Arab announced a partnership to empower 200,000 North Africans. The aim of the initiative is to teach youth the needed digital skills to raise their chances of employment. The project will target children as young as middle school and covering post-graduates and female-led start-ups, age range 12-24. The initiative will be applied in Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, and Libya.
* There are over 21,000 startups across the Middle East, employing thousands of people. Careem, a ride sharing app, has employed 3,500 people, has also employed over 850,000 drivers. Start-ups have allowed youth to experience hands-on employment as well as give some the ability to own their work. While over 60% of people in the region favor corporate and government work, start-ups are shaping to be the new future of employment in the Middle East.
* In partnership with the World bank, the Jordanian Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship held a webinar titled “Jordan’s Qualified IT Talents: Your Winning Card Against Your Competitors.” During the webinar, the Ministry launched Jordan Source Program to facilitate new investments into the country’s digital outsourcing economy. It is worth noting that 27% of MENA’s tech entrepreneurs are Jordanians.
* Hussein Sabri al-Bakbashi, Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Manpower for Information and Digital Transformation, stated that an initiative with five international corporations is in the works to provide graduates with 100,000 job opportunities. Currently, there are interviews to pick out those who have completed the program to act as instructors for fresh graduates who will join this program. However, it has been pointed out that those who complete this program have a competitive advantage in the job market.
* The Minister of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs reiterated the commitment by the ministry and the Egyptian-German Center for Employment, Migration and Reintegration, to fight illegal immigration by providing youth employment opportunities abroad as well as locally, through legal methods, and assisting them in integrated in foreign environments and cultures. The center also helps returning immigrants reintegrate socially and economically in Egyptian society. Ambassador Nabila Makram stated that Egypt has been successfully dealing with the illegal immigration phenomenon that many countries are dealing with now-a-days.
* Dr. Mamdouh Ghrab, mayor of the Sharqiya governate, announced that the national project for social and human and local development labelled "Mashrou'ak" gave loans worth 2,704,747 Egyptian pounds to 17,038 projects to provide 51,254 direct and indirect job opportunities for the governate's youth. Ghrab also said that the Mashrou'ak project aids in ending the unemployment problem and provides youth with a decent life. He emphasized the governate’s assistance in creating easier loans for youth and attempting to remove obstacles or easing them and oiling the governate's wheel of development.
* The Tunisian minister of economy and planning, Samir Said, stated on Friday, December 3rd, that Tunisian youth should not focus on public jobs, but rather switch to private initiatives and creation of fortune, as that is the future of the youth. He stated that the government will support and guide youth towards success, and asked youth not to fear the challenge of start-ups and wealth creation, as they will be supported by the state.
* Zain Bahrain trained 95 Bahraini youth in different departments as part of the Zain Youth Empowerment (ZY) Program aimed at exposing Bahraini youth to employment and empower youth with skills needed for the competitive workforce.
* The closing ceremony of the first edition of the “Tech Expo Youth Technology and Innovation” project was organized by the Muharraq Youth Model Center in Bahrain. The “Tech Expo” program serves youth in the field of technology and innovation and looks to create a creative environment for them, as it supports them to promote their ideas and projects. As such, youth can exchange successful experiences among themselves and acquire more skills that help them develop their technological innovations.