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Shell and British Council Egypt hail the Intilaaqah 2012 Winning Graduates

Shell Egypt and British Council Egypt honoured the graduates of the ‘Shell Intilaaqah Egypt’ programme for 2012 yesterday, Sunday 23 June 2013. The Seventh Annual Awards ceremony in a row was held at Intercontinental City Stars, El Saraya Ballroom.

The ‘Shell Intilaaqah Egypt’ programme, initiated in 2004 by Shell Egypt as part of their corporate social responsibility and supported by British Council Egypt since 2006, targets young Egyptians between 18 – 32 years old to help them start their own businesses.   The 2012 participants, coming from 14 governorates, have received training throughout the year on entrepreneurship skills and innovative startup businesses to reach the Annual Awards contest.

Jeroen Regtien, Shell Egypt Chairman, says “ It is with great pride that we see today honouring this number of this promising Egyptian youth, who took his way towards the development and establishment of small and medium enterprises, and fulfill his dream of turning to future businessman, Intilaaqah has been established through Shell company, and partnered with British Council to widen our success, as well as many other partners such as the Social Fund for Development and Egyptian Business Development Association"

Since its inception in Egypt in 2004, the programme succeeded in establishing 550 small enterprises and training of approximately 5000 Egyptians including 215 with special needs to effectively support their full engagement and positive participation in the society, as well as establishing small enterprises based on correct administrative, financial, scientific methodology to ensure success and sustainability of these projects.

Mark Stephens, Director British Council Egypt, says: “We are proud of our fruitful partnership with Shell Egypt, launched in 2006 and successfully resulted in helping young Egyptians to start their own businesses and become self-employed.  This partnership fits perfectly within the work we are doing under our Skills for Employability programme that aims at providing opportunities to the youth to improve their skills and lives."

It is worth mentioning the winner of the first prize for the category of Best Existing Enterprise is Faten Mohamed Abdel Mawla, for her Advertising Agency project, from Alexandria.

For further information please contact:

Nerine Elwy, Communications Manager, Shell Egypt

Tel: + (202) 2292 0300

Email: nerine.elwy@shell.com

Rose marie Gad, Communication Manager, British Council Egypt

Tel: +(202) 3344 3076

Email: Rose.Gad@Britishcouncil.org.eg 

Shell Intilaaqah Egypt Website: http://www.shell-intilaaqah.com/

About Shell:

Shell companies in Egypt are wholly owned by the Royal Dutch Shell plc. Active in Egypt since 1911, Shell Egypt business today spans Upstream Oil and Gas Exploration & Production, Downstream marketing and gas distribution. Most of Shell’s upstream operations are located in the Western Desert.

About the British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. 

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.

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