Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said that one of the most important challenges facing Egypt now is the high rates of unemployment which hit 13.6 percent.
The national program for employment has provided so far about 1.7 million job opportunities and it aims to increase the figure to 3 million during the current year, Mahlab said.
The remarks were made during a ceremony to launch the implementation of investment projects within the program, which are carried out by the Social Fund for Development with finance from the European Union at a cost of 70 million euros.
The prime minister stressed that great attention will be attached to the technical education and the vocational training in the coming period.
He added that the program aims at addressing the economic slowdown and the high rates of unemployment and achieving social justice.
Mahlab stressed that the ministers in the current government is in a fight to make changes and face challenges in the society.
The main concern of the government is the social dimension, Mahlab stressed.