The programme aims to improve both compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.
Cairo- Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil announced that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has tentatively decided to carry out the second phase of the Better Work Programme in Egypt until the end of the year.
The ILO’s decision, he said, came following intensive talks with Guy Rider, the organisation’s director-general, last week in Geneva on the sidelines of the WTO's Egypt fourth Trade Policy Review meetings.
“The completion of the Better Work Programme will permit Internationally-renowned companies to import products manufactured and exported from Egypt,” Kabil said.
In this respect, he pointed out that the government managed in July to remove Egypt from the list of countries banned from using Disney’s trademark on locally-produced garment exports, thanks to the economic reforms recently undertaken.
“The ILO’s decision once more attests to the stability and improvement of economic, political and legislative conditions in Egypt; hence, boosting exports and attracting more foreign investments,” the minister noted.
The programme, which aims to improve both compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains, is currently operational in seven countries; including Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Cambodia, Nicaragua and Vietnam.