Conference Program

1st Day of Conference, 06.03.2018

08:30 – 09:30

09:30 – 10:45
Welcome and Introduction

  • Introduction to Sustainable Industrial Areas, by GIZ SIA Working Group
  • Egypt's Industrial Outlook, by the Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Egyptian German Cooperation, by the Ambassador of Germany
  • Industrial Development Policy of Egypt, by Chairman of the Industrial Development Authority
  • Development Concept of East Port Said Industrial Zone, by Chairman East Port Said Development

10:45 – 11:15
An international framework for Eco-Industrial Parks: cooperation GIZ, WB, UNIDO 

11:15– 11:45
Break & Networking

11:45 – 13:15
Attracting investment to Industrial Areas

  • Sustainability – an incentive for investment in industrial areas
  • Investment challenges and potential solutions
  • Investment in industrial areas from the Egyptian perspective
  • A Foreign experience in an Egyptian Industrial Park

Panel: Speakers, session moderator

13:15 – 14:45
Lunch & Networking

14:45 - 16:15
Parallel working groups on investment promotion

  • Corporate Start-Up Collaboration
  • Role of Financial Sector - Suitable Investment Routes for Egyptian Industrial Areas
  • Invest in Sustainable Industrial Areas
  • Industrial Park 4.0

16:15 – 16:45
Results of working groups

16:45 – 17:00
Speakers recognition

Conference Dinner & Cultural Attractions 

2nd Day of Conference, 07.03.2018

09:30 – 10:00
Welcome and wrap-up of 1st day of Conference

10:00 – 10:15
Welcome and wrap-up of 1st day of Conference

10:15 – 11:30    
Supporting SME development in Sustainable Industrial Areas

  • Promoting SME development in Sustainable industrial Areas – International experiences
  • Experience of SMEs in an Egyptian Industrial Park
  • SME promotion policy in Egypt

Panel: Speakers and Session Moderator

11:30 – 12:00
Break & Networking

12:00 – 13:30
Generating productive employment within industrial areas

  • International/regional employment strategies for Industrial Areas
  • International labour standards and the SIA approach
  • Eco System for Promotion of Women Entrepreneurship
  • Support to decent Jobs from an Industrial developer perspective

Panel: Speakers and Session Moderator

13:30 – 15:00
Lunch & Networking

15:00 - 16:30
Parallel working groups on SME Development and Employment Promotion

  • Matching labour demand and supply, and importance of TVET
  • Requirements for decent employment within IA
  • SME promotion strategies
  • Promotion of women entrepreneurs and workers

16:30 – 17:00
Results of working groups       

17:00 – 17:15
Closing remarks and speakers’ recognition

Conference Dinner & Cultural Attractions(by invitation)

Download detailed conference and site visits program as PDF 



During the conference days - before and after the conference`s daily schedule and during breaks and lunchtime - participants had the opportunity to inform themselves and to participate in networking activities at the exhibition in the foyer of the conference hall.

Egyptian and international companies, institutions and projects presented their products, services and activities relevant to the conference topics. 

Side Program

Side programFor international participants as well as interested local participants, a side program was prepared including the following:

Pre-conference site visits

Visits to IDG and CPC industrial parks near Cairo (6th of October City) 

Post-conference site visits

Visit to EP Park (under development) at the Suez Canal Economic Zone (East Port Said) plus a tour in the Suez Canal