Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in Egypt The case of the: Food Processing Sector

This report presents an application of the ILO’s Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology to the food processing sector of Egypt’s economy. STED is a sector-based approach to identifying and anticipating the strategic skills needs of internationally tradable sectors. The food processing sector is one of Egypt’s leading export sectors. It has grown rapidly since the early 2000s, principally through serving markets in the Arab/MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, including its own domestic market. The sector has been selected due to its large employment share, potential for growth in regional trade, and positive effects for backward linkages to the agricultural sector.