The National Coordinating Committee to combat and Prevent Illegal Migration "NCCPIM" organized in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premise a 3 day pilot exhibition for traditional Handicrafts entitled “Buy the Egyptian products”. The exhibition that took place from July 26-28 was held under the auspices of His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Social Fund for Development.
Ambassador Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the National Committee, stated that the exhibition came as one of the committee planned activities to support young entrepreneurs as part of a wider strategy to combat illegal migration through provision of real and sustainable livelihood opportunities to young Egyptians. The exhibition offered them a chance to market their products, guarantee the sustainability of their projects as well as increase their income and raise their living standards.
Ambassador Naela Gabr, highlighted, that the timing of this event, represented an important opportunity to familiarize Egyptian Ambassadors and diplomats transferred to foreign missions, with traditional products, as well as, to enhance the role played by the Egyptian diplomatic missions in promoting local products abroad. She thanked the Foreign Ministry for its ongoing support to the National Committee and for hosting this event.
The exhibition was jointly inaugurated by Ambassador Ayman Kamel, First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Minister and Engineer Amani Ghoneim, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Solidarity. The foreign minister Sameh Shoukri and Ms Soha Soliman, Managing Director of the Social Development Fund, were keen to visit the booths and conducted discussions with young exhibitors to encourage them.
The event was praised by all visitors, for the diversity of products, and its high quality, as well as, its innovative ideas. Members of the international and diplomatic community were especially keen to view the Egyptian products, among them was Ms. Wang Jin, the spouse of The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, who purchased a variety of different products.
The young exhibitors had confirmed their willingness to repeat this experience, as it exposed them to a variety of high end customers and encouraged them to become more creative and increase production. They expressed their confidence that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its various arms, will continue supporting them in accessing new and wider markets.