Google is considering to reopen its office in Egypt, according to reports by different media outlets citing a government statement. Some media outlets have reported that the company has already opened the office which is apparently not true.
Lino Cattaruzzi, Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa with Google, who met Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation earlier this week, is quoted in the statement, saying, “The improved investment atmosphere in Egypt and newly-adopted legislative measures encourages Google to reopen its office in Egypt.”
peaking to Enterprise, he also confirmed that the company is planning to hire a team in Egypt including a Country Manager. Another Google spokesperson, speaking to Enterprise, said that Hesham Elnazer who currently serves as Google’s Director of Agencies for MENA is set to fill this position.
As of now, company’s careers website doesn’t have any openings for Egypt.
Google MENA’s top boss also told Enterprise that the recruitment drive is the initial stone and then they are going to grow this over time based on results and impact they have, “We are trying to accelerate the work on the quality of our products and engagement with our partners on the content creation side and ecosystem and how to develop all these businesses so they can sell more online inside and outside Egypt.”
Enterprise’s report citing Google’s Egypt impact report also notes that its products support at least EGP 5.2 billion (USD 311) worth of economic activity in Egypt.