Carrefour and its franchisee MAF partner to promote equal opportunities in Egypt

Boulogne-Billancourt‎, France, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour and its franchisee MAF join forces in Egypt to champion equal opportunitiesThe “Egyptian Women: Pioneers of the Future” project, jointly developed by the French & Egyptian governments, was launched on 19 April.

The purpose of this initiative is to promote equal opportunities for Egyptian men and women in the workplace and facilitate professional training, as well as enhancing the employability of young women from underprivileged neighbourhoods. Local NGOs and major French and international companies – including Carrefour – which are committed to promoting equal opportunities will be working out in the field, providing these women with internships and employment. The stakeholders involved have formed a club – the “Arborus Egypt Club”.

The project is the cornerstone of a more global policy designed to promote equal opportunities in companies operating in Egypt. Above and beyond considerations of equality, the initiative should also be seen as an essential mainstay supporting Egypt’s economic development.

At the same time, the Arborus Egypt Club – of which Carrefour Egypt is a member – has launched “Boost Her”, a solidarity initiative. This is a mentoring system to help women who are vulnerable to exclusion establish a foothold on the job market by undertaking internships in major companies which are likely to lead to permanent jobs.

For a number of years now, Carrefour has been promoting equal opportunities and has spearheaded a number of initiatives to this end, including the Women Leaders programme. This is designed to increase the share of women in management positions. The proportion has grown by more than 10% since 2012.

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LuLu Group to open its first hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Group has set its foot in Egypt by opening its first hypermarket in Cairo, capital of Egypt. The 119th hypermarket was inaugurated by Khalid Hanafy, Egyptian Minister for Trade, in the presence of Galal El Saeed, Governor of Cairo, Mohamed Abdul Sayed, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Khalifa Thunaiji, Deputy UAE Ambassador to Egypt, and other high ranking government and civil officials. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of LuLu Group, Saifee T. Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director, Mohamed Althaf, Director of LuLu Egypt, and other top company officials were also present on the occasion.

The new store is located in Twin Plaza, opposite Police Academy, on the Zakir Hussein road extension in the 1st settlement of New Cairo. Spread over an area of 170,000 square feet, the new store is specially designed to offer the residents with a world class shopping experience like never before with fair prices and friendly service. The hypermarket will provide the widest range of quality and value-for-money products all under one roof.

Commenting on LuLu Group’s Egypt plans, Yusuff Ali said, “We consider Egypt as a very important market for us and our experience of more than four decades of success and accomplishment in the retail industry is sure to help us become the most popular retailer in the region. Egyptians are already well aware of LuLu and we hope to bring world class shopping closer to them in various important locations of this great country. As per the plan, we intend to invest EGP 3 billion US$ 300 Million in setting up 10 new hypermarkets in the next 2 years across Egypt”.

“The hypermarket will also offer a window of opportunity to local community. We will encourage the Egyptian agricultural sector by procuring & promoting local agricultural produce and also export them to our stores across the GCC and Far East. Currently we are exporting EGP 50 million and this will go up to EGP 150 million next year”, Yusuff Ali added. Main exporting products include fruits & vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and pickles. LuLu also plans to set up its own food processing plants to further boost the exports.

“We believe that having a strong national workforce is vital to our long-term success as it helps in creating sustainable community living. Currently, there are more than 800 Egyptians employed at our new hypermarket in Cairo and we intent to employ 10,000 more Egyptians in the next 2 years. We already have more than 3,000 working in our operations in GCC countries and will continuously train them in our various operations”, said Yusuff Ali.

The new hypermarket provides the widest range of quality and value-for-money products all under one roof. It has separate sections for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, ready-to-eat products and a live bakery. The outlet also offers a huge area dedicated to electronics, IT products, home appliances, sports, furnishing and furniture, kitchenware, toys, stationery, and health & beauty products. The new hypermarket also offers a wide choice of world-class fashion brands and products for men, women and children. A special area is also dedicated for promoting local products and handicrafts of Egypt.

The systematically arranged sections promise customers an easy and hassle-free shopping experience. Extra-wide aisles, extensively laid out counters and ample parking space are some of the distinguishing features of the new store.

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LuLu Group to open its first hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt

LuLu Group to open its first hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt

SOURCE: LuLu Hypermarket