Does “Tuk Tok” threaten the localization of the industry?

In light of the external and regional challenges and the global economic crises and their repercussions on the Egyptian economy, everyone agrees that getting out of the “bottleneck” and resolving the economic crisis depends on the state’s ability to localize industries because – simply put – the state’s success in localizing industries means reducing the import bill, and means strengthening Egyptian exports. It increases the provision of hard currency, and also means attracting foreign and direct investments, as well as providing job opportunities for young people, and contributing to the development of local communities most in need.

However, there is a phenomenon that threatens – in my opinion – the efforts to localize the industry, which is the phenomenon of the spread of tuk-tuks without controls and in a random manner, because it causes a shortage of manpower that factories and craft workshops need, other than that this phenomenon causes students to drop out of education and leave technical professions. This is because there are young people who prefer to make a quick profit by buying a tuk-tuk or working on it instead of going for training in order to learn a craft or work or get a job in a factory, which represents a burden on the industrial field in particular.

So, we have to and we’re going Economic dialogueTo put the phenomenon of the spread of tuk-tuks on the discussion table to find real solutions to confront it, because many young people are no longer willing to learn an industry or an artistic craft, as we mentioned, and they prefer to receive 300 pounds per day or 200 pounds as wages from driving or working on “tuk-tuks.” The result is that there are many factories looking for a trained young man but cannot find him.

In addition, during the past periods, several decisions were taken and were not implemented adequately, such as stopping granting licenses to carry out expansions in factories that assemble and manufacture tuk-tuks, moving to replace them with 7-seater cars, and limiting their operation in the streets of the capital, the capitals of the provinces, and the streets of the main centers and cities, contrary to the fact that it was There is also a decision to ban tuk-tuks, which has been reversed, and production supplies and spare parts are allowed to enter according to controls.

Whatever the case may be, we must act and not stand before the justification that the tuk-tuk provides job opportunities and has economic importance for some families, because if it has economic importance, then it is a parallel economy first, and its profits are not seen by the state secondly, unlike everyone knows that the majority of tuk-tuk drivers Of boys and girls without licenses, which causes chaos in the streets, and an increase in dropouts from education, especially in the technical secondary stage, whether secondary (commercial – industrial – agricultural) and sometimes in the preparatory stage. The disaster is that the spread of the phenomenon contributes to the lack of interest among young people in craft work and factories, preferring Quick profit while increasing the moral deviation of the majority of its drivers, but if it is necessary, there must – and immediately – there be an integrated system for tuk-tuks implemented on the ground so that we do not protect the future of our youth and do not obstruct the localization of the industry that the state seeks, and that this phenomenon should not be replaced. It is a danger to society, especially since tuk-tuks are often used to carry out various societal crimes, so it must be legalized quickly if we really want to confront it.

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