The Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) is a non-profit policy advocacy group established by a number of Egyptian businessmen committed to improving Egypt’s productivity and competitiveness. Founded in January 2005 as an NGO, ENCC serves as a forum for public-private policy dialogue on priority challenges to Egypt’s long term productivity and inclusive growth,  for exchanging knowledge and good practices, and for formulating policy recommendations in partnership with the concerned stakeholders. ENCC examines the role of the government and the impact of policy interventions such as regulatory frameworks, labor market policies and incentives for investment, in many sectors such as transport, infrastructure, manufacturing, natural resources, and agriculture.

ENCC issued its first report in the summer of 2004. It was registered as an NGO on January 9, 2005 under Law No. 84/2002, register no. 5907. Since its establishment, ENCC has addressed the issues of inclusive and balanced growth, social justice and equal opportunities.

ENCC combines research and national policy advocacy to effect a significant change in the welfare of all Egyptians. ENCC has alliances with national and international organizations to better serve and enhance Egypt’s competitiveness. ENCC’s agenda is Egypt’s agenda. The first and foremost concern of ENCC is the Egyptian citizen, as reflected in its slogan “A Better Egyptian for a Better Egypt”.


ENCC’s vision is to become a key instrument in changing government strategies and policies to increase Egypt’s global competitiveness, leading to high inclusive growth and sustainable development that will improve the welfare of Egyptians.
ENCC’s mission is to be an efficient and effective platform that brings together civil society, government, political groups, business, and academia in order to raise awareness end advocate policies that enhance competitiveness and inclusive growth.

Through its history and network, ENCC has shown the ability to effectively advocate policy within the government in an apolitical and neutral manner.

ENCC’s strategic objectives can be summarized in three main points:

1. Identify, benchmark, monitor, and evaluate Egypt’s regional end international competitiveness: ENCC disseminates the results of key international competitiveness reports through diverse publications that help guide Egypt’s the way forward for Egypt’s competitiveness policies.

2. Communicate and cooperate with various stakeholders from the Egyptian economic community to create awareness of the importance of improving the competitiveness of Egypt mainly through raising the productivity of national institutions and the labor force.

3. Develop and advocate strategies and economic policy recommendations, and suggest initiatives that gain national consensus on actions aiming to create a competitive business environment.

ENCC achieves its objectives using the following tools:

1. Dissemination of publications including an annual report and working papers. See

2. Interaction with all stakeholders in the economic community through conferences, workshops and seminars, as well as communication via numerous media channels audio, visual and social networks)

3. Advocacy through one-on-one meetings with ministers, Parliamentarians and other stakeholders, workshops, policy briefs, positions papers and the annual report.

4. Monitoring the implementation of the proposed economic policies to create success stories that encourage further reforms.


Full members support all ENCC activities, have voting rights in the General Assembly, and are eligible to become board members according to Law No. 84/2002. Applications for full membership must be reviewed by the Membership Committee and require referral from two full members. For more information please check

  Board Members (2015 – 2021)

Seif Allah Fahmy Chairman and CEO, Almona Automationology Inc. (An Authorized Honeywell BCI); Wireless Dynamics Inc. Chair and Founding Member.

Prof. Hossam Badrawi, M.D., PhD Founder and Chairman, Nile Badrawi Foundation for Education and Development Honorary Chair and Founding Member

Alaa Hashim Independent Corporate Transformation Advisor Founding Member

Tarek Tawfik Managing Director, Cairo Poultry Group; Vice Chairman, Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Treasurer

Ahmed Darwish, PhD Chairman of the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone; and Former Minister of State for Administrative Development Secretary General

Hani Sarie-Eldin, PhD Founder and Managing Partner, Sarie-Eldin & Partners

Tarek Farid Sabry Mansour Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  Active Members

› Helmy Abouleish
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, SEKEM Group Founding Member
› Nehad Ragab
Chairman of the Boa rd of Directors, SIAC  Founding Member
› Amina Ghanem
Former Deputy Minister of Finance for External Relations Founding Member; Executive Director
› Khaled Gamal El-Din Mohamed Mahmoud
Chairman, MM Group for Reconstruction and Development
› Khaled El-Mekati
Chairman, HM Stone Co.
  Ahmed Hussein Sabbour 
Executive Director, El-Ahly Real Estate 
Hassan Abdallah
Chairman and Managing Director, Arab African International Bank (AAIB) 
Hassan El-Khatib
ICA Regional Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) 
Tamer Abdel Hamid Abou Bakr
PhD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mashreq Petroleum
Marwan Mahmoud Ahmed El-Sammak
Chairman, Ship Crew
Neveen Hamdi El-Tahri
Chairperson & Managing Director, Delta Shield for Investment
Ahmed Fikry Abdelwahab
PhD Chairman, FAW Industrial Group

  Honorary Member

Samir Radwan, PhD Former Minister of Finance; and former adviser to the Director General Policy Development and the Arab Region, International Labor Organization

  ENCC’s Sub-Councils

  The Food Security and Safety Competitiveness Sub-council (FS&S)

Chaired by Eng. Tarek Tawfik, Treasurer, Managing Director of Cairo Poultry Group.
The sub-council was announced during the International Conference on “Innovation in the Field of Agro-industry” held in Cairo on November 25th, 2008. The FSS has become a platform for businessmen, university professors, government officials and professionals for studying the agricultural sector in Egypt and the challenges that constrain the competitiveness of this sector and limit its contribution to the Egyptian economy. The sub-council also proposes innovative solutions to improve food security and safety thus serving to enhance Egypt’s global competitiveness. Success stories include the passage of a new cooperatives law and the preparation of a new food safety law.

  The Egyptian Youth Employment Promotion Sub-council (Egypt-YEP)

Honorary Chair by Dr. Hossam Badrawi, board member and Honorary Chair, Co-chaired by Mr. Ahmed El Ashmawy Member of the Advisory Committee for the Development of Technical Education, Ministry of Education and Technical Education – Dr. Nada Massoud, Economic Adviser and Head of Macroeconomic Unit, Ministry of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform.
Established in 2014, the Egypt-YEP is a multi-stakeholder high level forum of national policy-makers, private stakeholders, trade unions, civil society organizations, experts and youth that will endeavor to take collective and pragmatic actions to address the pressing challenge of youth unemployment in Egypt. By engaging key stakeholders in a structured dialogue, the forum ill strives to build consensus and develop joint action plans to be implemented on the ground. High youth unemployment and underemployment is a key challenge in Egypt that needs to be tackled through coordinated action.

  The Human Resources Competitiveness Committee (HRC)

Honorary Chair by: Mrs. Manal Maher El-Gamiel, Member of Parliament, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Al-Korra Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Co-Chair: Mr. Ahmed El Ashmawy Member of the Advisory Committee for the Development of Technical Education, Ministry of Education and Technical Education

Co-Chair: Mr. Mahmoud Kamal, Official Delegate – WorldSkills Egypt

The HRC was originally a sub-council created in August 2008 to raise awareness, stimulate efforts and take initiatives to compete with international standards in the job market. This includes recommending policies and initiating projects which enhance the competitiveness of Egypt’s human resources. One of its success stories is a study that ranks Egyptian ICT universities. It became a committee of the Egypt-YEP in 2016.

  The SMEs, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee

Honorary Chair by: Mr. Seifallah Fahmy, Founding Member and ENCC Chair

Co-Chair by:   Dr. Rafaat Abbas, the Director of the Non-Financial Services at MSMEDA

Co-Chair by: Mr. Ahmed Osman, President Elect, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

Originally established in 2012 as a sub-council to promote the growth of small businesses through advocating for changes that support entrepreneurs and startup companies. In 2016 it became a committee of the Egypt-YEP.


  The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Sub-council (T&TCC)

Chaired by Mr. Mostafa Soltan.
ENCC launched its T&TCC sub-council, at a special session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East end North Africa, that took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on May 12th 2008. It is the first council in Egypt specialized in tracking and strengthening the efforts to support the competitiveness of the Egyptian tourism sector.

The T&TCC promotes cooperation and coordination among the experts from different sectors to regularly evaluate the performance of the tourism sector. It also promotes coordination with the different decision makers, from the government and civil society, to propose initiatives and strategies that would enhance the sector’s overall performance and reduce the gap between the national and international levels, concerning this important services sector. Two important success stories include the creation of a council that includes all ministries and agencies that deal with tourism; and a tourism strategy (

  The Energy Sub-council

Chaired by Dr. Tamer Abou Bakr.
Established end-2013, the Energy Sub-council sees many opportunities for positive change in Egypt.  Egypt’s energy issues have shown policy makers and other relevant stakeholders that the current path is no longer acceptable and also that meaningful change needs to be made immediately.  ENCC’s Energy Sub-Council is comprised of experts and other relevant stakeholders from the private sector, academia, civil society, and the government.  Only in the context of all relevant stakeholders sitting together to create meaningful policies can unbiased strategies and solutions be created.  ENCC’s Energy Sub-Council is currently engaged in discussions that have produced successful policy recommendations that address key energy issues.  The sub-council takes all concerns into account including the needs of industry, environmental concerns, fiscal policies, overall sustainability, and actions taken at both the micro and macro levels. ENCC has contributed to the discussions on energy subsidies that were streamlined in 2014, and the Feed-in Tariff for renewable energy products that was implemented in the same year.

  The Business Advisory Council (BAC)

Chaired by Eng. Tarek Tawfik, Treasurer, Vice Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries.
The BAC is a coalition of private sector associations who engage in structured dialogue with the government to facilitate change based on sound evidence and promote trust among all stakeholders in a participatory and more sustainable approach. It is also the channel of communication between ERRADA and the private sector.
With the re-activation of ERRADA through the MTISMEs Decree No. 637/2014 creating a new Board of Trustees (BOTs), ENCC has revamped the BAC so that it can resume through this engine its participatory consultations on regulatory reforms with the Government. The proposed composition of the BAC is wider and more inclusive than the 2008 composition. It will include representatives from:
(1) ENCC; (2) the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI); (3) the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC); (4) the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA); (5) the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB); (6) the Alexandria Business Association (ABA); (7) the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA); (8) the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham); (9) the Canada Egypt Business Council (CEBC); (10) the Business Women of Egypt 21 (BWE 21); (11) small businesses represented by the Alexandria Business Association (ABA) and the EJB; (12) a prominent corporate legal firm (ENCC member); (13) a representative from ERRADA’s BOT.
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