Migrants skills transfer in the aqua culture and fishery: the case of Greece and Egypt (2009-2011)

The aim of the project was to facilitate the staffing and development of the Egyptian aquaculture industry and open-sea fisheries sector through:

  • Experienced and trained emigrants from Greece both at the field/production level (skilled technicians, foreman and supervisory levels), as well as at the scientific and managerial levels (laboratory, fish pathology, nutrition, environmental safety and quality control, marketing, accounting etc) and to the extend these last two levels are to be found available in Greece.
  • Knowledge exchange and know-how transfer, making use of migrant capacities and capabilities plus the development of business links with the Greek Aquaculture. Emphasis was placed mostly but not exclusively on the needs and problems to be identified in the Egyptian Aquaculture Industry (ACI).

More specifically the project aimed at:

1. Supporting the matching of the supply and demand for qualified labour in the ACI sector in Egypt through: (a) mapping needs of the open-sea fishery and aqua culture in Egypt including needs in qualified personnel; (b) mapping Egyptian skilled workers and scientific personnel working in the sector of Greek Open Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry and in the Academic-Scientific-Research-Regulative sector with special emphasis on people related to the regulative aspects of sustainably developed ACI in respect to the protection of the Aquatic Environment.

2. Creating an appropriate facilitating environment in Greece so as to secure a systematic and orderly upgrading of skills and employment positions of recent immigrants regularly employed in the Greek open sea fisheries fleet (OSF) towards the Greek aqua culture industry (ACI).

3. Supporting the development of a facilitating environment in Egypt to up-skill and encourage skilled workers employed and trained inside the Greek ACI sector to return to their country.

4. Preparing-training the emigrants to enable them to teach, train and mentor the Egyptian fish and aqua culture workers.

5. Increasing the impact on development of the Open-Sea Fisheries and the Aquaculture Industry sectors in Egypt by providing skilled emigrants with superior skills, guidance and support to enable them to have access to improved job opportunities in Egypt and Greece.

6. Supporting the creation of links between the Egyptian Fish Council and Marine Aqua culture and the Greek professional associations active in Aqua Culture, to support the creation of sustainable knowledge exchange links.

The project was financed by the EC-UN Joint Migration & Development Initiative (JM&DI).


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