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Shell Egypt Celebrates the Winning Graduates

In cooperation with the British Council, Shell Egypt held the annual awards ceremony to honor the graduates of Intilaaqah Egypt Programme for 2011, under the auspices of H.E. the UK Ambassador to Egypt at the British Embassy in Cairo on Wednesday May 9th. It is worth nothing that it is for the 3rd consecutive year that the event is hosted by the British Embassy.
Intilaaqah Group Photo

Since 2004, among the program’s greatest achievements is the establishment of over 495 successful small enterprises and the training of approximately 4000 Egyptians including 195 disabled Egyptian youth (deaf & mute and movement disabilities).

On the sideline of the ceremony, an exhibition was held to display the products of some Intilaaqah Egypt graduates, ranging from handicrafts and furniture, paintings and artworks, leather products, handmade glass products, antiques and more.

A judging event was held last month to judge among the nominees for this years’ Award Ceremony. The jury panel included 5 groups of 25 prominent businessmen, media professionals, university professors, chairpersons of non-governmental organizations, and celebrities. The five categories were namely; best existing business, best business idea, best business idea for the disabled (a category added three years ago) and best business plan all from the program graduates in addition to the best existing business category for non-Intilaaqah graduates.

As part of Shell’s social responsibility towards host communities, Shell Egypt is delivering the “Intilaaqah Egypt Programme” to help young people, between the ages of 18 – 32, start their own businesses.

In this regards, the programme offers awareness and training seminars throughout the year in 14 governorates all over Egypt from Alexandria to Aswan encouraging the spirit of free enterprise among youths to become self-employed. ‘Shell Intilaaqah Egypt Programme’ was established in 2004 and it is an adoption of “LiveWIRE”, which is Shell’s international youth enterprise programme <www.shell-livewire.org>. LiveWIRE was first launched in the UK, in 1982 and is now running in almost 20 countries worldwide. 

Shell Egypt’s Intilaaqah programme is successfully delivered through a network of development partners, whereby the British Council is the main partner. Other partners include the Social Fund for Development, Egyptian Junior Business Association, Kiromag Consultants and Human Development, Future Lights for Development Organization, Business Enterprise Support Tools Project, and in Alexandria the Egyptian Foundation for Women University Graduates and ASDAA’ Association whereby each partner plays an active role in the pursue of self-employment and the establishment of successful small businesses among the promising young Egyptians.

Shell Egypt Chairman, Jeroen Regtien said “I am proud of those youth and their enthusiasm and I would especially like to commend the young entrepreneurs, owners of the 45 business start-ups in 2011, for their achievement in what has continued to be a difficult and uncertain year for Egypt as a nation and commend Intilaaqah entrepreneurs from previous years as well for surviving this difficult period of uncertainty with persistence and determination".

“We seek to inspire young people to embrace innovation and creativity to help improve their lives”, says Denise Waddingham, Head of Partnerships, British Council Egypt.  “Intilaaqah fits perfectly within the work the British Council is doing under our Skills for Employability programme and we value the opportunity to partner with Shell as part of our commitment to support Egyptian youth”