MIGRANT SKILLS TRANSFER IN THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY:THE CASE OF GREECE AND EGYPT.
The project presented on this website is part of the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI).The JMDI supports civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to linking migration and development. The JMDI is a 3-year, 15 million Euro global programme implemented by the UNDP Brussels Office in association with IOM, UNHCR, UNFPA and ILO, and funded by the European Union. The project is undertaken by the following NGO's: Athens Network of Collaborating Experts (ANCE) in Greece and the Egyptian Agribusiness Association (EAGA) in Egypt. In the present website we present the work undertaken by ANCE as the Greek-side partner of the project.
A brief summary
• The proposed project essentially consists of the mapping-registration, appreciation and data-basing of the human capital needs in the growing Egyptian Aquaculture, and their partial matching by means of the corresponding mapping, selection and data-basing of the Egyptian migrant workforce capabilities available and directly affected in the Greek Aquaculture and Fisheries. To enhance the chances for a successful and sustainable matching of the identified needs (Egypt) with the identified migrant capacities (Greece) we propose the deployment of an innovative intra-sector ‘up-skilling’ program to be addressed to a selected part of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece.
• Data-base sharing and the intense networking facilitation among the above two respective and interested professional corpuses is expected to
(a) lead to the ‘up-skilling’ of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece
(b) result to the gradual ‘brain-gain’
(c) add to the support of ‘knowledge exchange and transfer’ in favour of Egypt
Finally, at least two coordinated events involving joint activities and separate workshops relevant to aquaculture and fisheries shall be organized with a maximum feasible representation of the immigrant workforce community, the respective professional corpuses of aquaculture industry and fisheries federations and with the extended Greek Community of emigrant Greeks from Egypt and immigrant Greeks to Egypt as a facilitator element.
Aquaculture seminars completed
We are happy to announce the initiation of the aquaculture seminars (on-the-job training sessions) to a selected number of Egyptian fishermen.
• A number of 2 trainees have undergone an initial theoretical course on the basic principles of aquaculture technology which took place in the offices of one of the most experienced and well-known environmental consulting company in Greece the "Eco-Consultants" (www.eco-consultants.gr).These 2 trainees travelled to the Kefalonia island in the Ionian Sea where they have undergone a full training seminar of a one month duration at the facilities of the "Kefalonia Fisheries" (www.kefish.gr) one of the leading aquaculture companies of Greece and the first one to be established in the Greek market in 1981.The trainings begun on the 12th of January 2011 and ended on February 20th.