Egyptian ministry to construct manufacturing hub

Egypt's Trade and Industry Ministry is set to construct a furniture manufacturing city in Damietta, 200km north of Cairo

Damietta is situated 200km north of Cairo.
Damietta is situated 200km north of Cairo.

Egypt's Ministry of Trade & Industry will establish a city for furniture manufacturing in Damietta, 15km from the Mediterranean Sea, and 200km north of Cairo, it was recently announced.

Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Egypt's minister for trade & industry announced the city will span an area of 1.4sqm (331 feddan; 1 feddan = 0.42ha), and that the ministry is working to ensure speedy construction of the project, local daily Amwal Alghad reported.

The announcement was made by Abdel Nour during his meeting with the chairmen of Egyptian Furniture Export Council (EFEC), and of the Chamber of Wood Working & Furniture Industries (CWWFI).

Abdel Nour reviewed the initial design for the city during the meeting, in addition to manufacturers and exporters' needs for spaces for workshops and factories.

The ministry is "currently coordinating with Damietta's governor, EFEC, and furniture industries chamber to finish the general design of the city as soon as possible to start implementing it", Abdel Nour added. 

The project will create 40,000 direct jobs and 120,000 indirect jobs, and the furniture city will boast a capacity of 2,400 furniture factories and workshops, the minister said as per the website of online trading firm, Arab Finance.

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