With an estimated 20 per cent of its population living below the poverty line, Egypt is not the first country that comes to mind when you think of economic progress and reform - especially with the state of the global marketplace.
|Rachid Mohamed Rachid, the minister of trade and|
industry, joins Riz [EPA]
But despite political challenges, issues of transparency and corruption, the country is making significant progress as it works to open its doors to international trade and investment.
Today, more than 300 Turkish companies are operating in Egypt's textile sector, General Motors has expanded its operations and the country is following in India's footsteps by seeking to become a technology outsourcing centre.
On Thursday's Riz Khan, a key member of Egypt's economic team, Rachid Mohamed Rachid, the minister of trade and industry, joins the programme. Rachid is specifically charged with liberalising the country's industrial sector, attracting foreign direct investment and creating jobs.
We will ask him about the challenges Egypt is facing, what it plans to do about unemployment and how the country is moving forward.
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