Tuesday 14 April 2020
Books – Muhammad Sami:
Today, Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister visited the General Motors Factory in Egypt, accompanied by Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, and Nevin Jama, Minister of Trade and Industry.
At the beginning of his visit, the Prime Minister indicated that the visit to the General Motors Egypt factory comes within the framework of following up the implementation of the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the state to confront the emerging corona virus and limit its spread, stressing the need to protect workers in all locations, and to continue work in a way that ensures the growth of the wheel of growth The Egyptian economy and the stability and sustainability of growth rates in Egypt.
The Prime Minister praised the protection measures applied in the factory at the highest level to protect workers, stressing at the same time the state’s interest in supporting the industry in this delicate stage.
Madbouly stressed the continuation of the decision to exclude factories and the movements of their employees from the decision to ban movement, especially since the ban decision is not intended to cause obstruction of production and manufacturing operations.
During his visit to the factory, the Prime Minister listened to a summary from the medical officer of the company about the measures it took to confront the “emerging corona virus” as the company formed an emergency committee, in order to be in a state of preparation for any developments, and it also carried out electronic awareness of all employees and workers through emails and text messages about The virus and its dangers.
The medical official of “General Motors Egypt” added: With the beginning of the spread of the virus last March, we took strict measures and began implementing medical protocols, which are compatible with the World Health Organization and the Egyptian Ministry of Health, by sterilizing the factory on a daily basis, and increasing the number of transport vehicles for workers to prevent overcrowding , Achieving social divergence, measuring temperature, and working as a gateway for sterilization from GM Engineering Department, and we have taken another measure regarding the possibility of working from home for employees that the company does not need to be present, and now 50% of employees work remotely from home, as well as chronic disease owners .
The Prime Minister also listened to a detailed explanation from Engineer Tariq Atta, Chairman and Managing Director of General Motors Egypt, about the factory of the company, which is an Egyptian joint stock company, and is the first private auto manufacturer in Egypt, was established in 1983, and started production operations a year ago 1985, when the company produced more than 870,000 vehicles, 50% of which were in the last 10 years, between small trucks, light trucks, passenger cars, and minibuses. Engineer Tareq Atta explained that the current board of directors is entirely Egyptian.
Eng. Tariq Atta indicated during the tour that the total investments of the company during the last five years (2015-2019) are estimated at 120 million dollars, and that a capital of 90 million dollars was pumped in 2018.
The Chairman and Managing Director of General Motors Egypt noted the company’s contribution to the growth of the Egyptian economy, as the company is a pioneer in the field of auto manufacturing in Egypt, and deals with 78 of the local suppliers, and its purchases from local suppliers reached 2.3 billion Egyptian pounds in In 2019, it provides jobs for 25,000 workers, and owns a diverse supplier database in terms of a variety of commodities (sheet metal, rubber, rubber, etc.).
It was pointed out during the tour that through GM’s public network, suppliers are provided with the technology, training and qualification, and required expertise, and that the last period saw robot use in automotive painting operations, and the explanation also included indicating that the proportion of the local product in manufacturing reaches To 60% in commercial trucks, and 45% in passenger cars.