July 16, 2019
Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Head of the Economic Zone, announced the launching of the first vocational and technical training center in the Economic Zone in Ain Sukhna within days. The investments of this training center exceed 22 million euros represented by the Egyptian-German Technical Training Academy. The aforementioned Academy is an entity that represents the alliance between Siemens AG and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development represented by the German Agency for International Cooperation in coordination with the Suez Canal Economic Zone.
Mohab Mameesh explained that the establishment of the center aims at supporting vocational and technical training in Egypt in general and serving the Economic Zone in particular. It will provide training for more than 5500 young Egyptian engineers and technicians in the next five years. The center tackles advanced technical fields important for the Egyptian economy. The technical fields include industrial mechanics, electrical and electronic fields, control and automation, in addition to other basic skills for the trainees in the fields of maintenance and services of power stations and wind farms. Mameesh pointed out that the opening of the Egyptian-German Training Academy would be this year.
Major General, Mohammed Shaaban, Deputy Head of the Authority for the Southern Region, on behalf of Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Head of the Authority, visited the training center to ensure the readiness of the center for operation. During his visit, Major General Shaaban met Eng. Bahaa Shalaby, Project Manager, and Eng. Ahmed Al-Saadani, Regional Director of Siemens Egypt. He also met some of the center’s officials: Eng. Amr Al-Batreeq, Managing Director of Suez Industrial Development Company and some of the officials of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). He listened to an explanation regarding the most important fields of technical support provided by the center, the most important technical methods used in it and the training courses given to the trainees to qualify them to have the highest technical levels. He also visited the training and lecture rooms equipped with the latest scientific systems and training methods.
Moreover, Major General Shaaban said that the establishment of this center in the Economic Zone located within the Suez Industrial Development Company (SIDC), one of the major industrial developers of this region, is an important addition to the region. It helps raise its classification and has a great positive impact on regional projects and technical education in Egypt. It also helps improve the skills of engineers and technicians and prepare human cadres able to keep up with modern technologies.
Major General Shaaban added that the completion of this construction within 17 months is an important achievement. He also noted that the Economic Zone provides all possible support for this center as one of the factors of success of the region. The center is a strong indication of the attention paid to the human element and to the work required to achieve the goals of sustainable development in the region.
Eng. Bahaa Shalaby, Project Manager, said that the establishment of this center in the Economic Zone comes within the framework of cooperation between Siemens and the German Agency for International Cooperation. The aim is to support the vocational and technical training in Egypt where opportunities to support and develop the technical education sector have great potential. This includes the possibility of establishing vocational training centers, qualifying trainers and providing modern equipment and technology. Besides, there is a need to provide academic accreditation for industrial fields in order to support the economic growth and contribute to bridging the gap in the labor market. He stressed the importance of the presence of this center in the Economic Zone in Ain Sukhna as one of the important national projects. It provides work opportunities, which depend on advanced technical training and modern methods to raise the skills of engineers and technicians in various fields.