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Country / Area: Egypt

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)The current classification is already linked to ISIC
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Concerning the general structure for the Standard Classification of all Economic Activities and additional level (activity level) is created and symbolized by 6 digits including the 4 digits of the class. The activity level is used to describe in details all Economic Activities and it is required for national uses.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The structure of current classification is identical to ISIC (tabulation, Categories, divisions, group, classes) but an additional level (Activity level) is created as mentioned above.
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?The most detailed level of our current classification is the Activity level and approximately it contains 2822 items (activities)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes, it exists in electronic form at the Class leve.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Central Agency for public mobilization and Statistics CAPMAS – Classification Division
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Name: Mr. Bakr A. Soltan (under-secretary for CAPMAS Resident Office)
Phone: 202 4024263
Fax: 202 4024099
E-mail: capmas_presaffr@yahoo.com
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.

Address: Salah Salem Road – Naser City –Cairo Egypt
Phone: 202 4024263
Fax: 202 4024099
E-mail: capmas_presaffr@yahoo.com

3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)The first official adoption in Egypt is in 1954 according to the International Classification in 1949.
Now Egypt uses the Standard Classification of all Economic Activities – 1996 according to ISIC rev.3 in 1990
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.No plans, but any amendment in updated ISIC rev.4 will be taken in consideration.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.- Users outside of the statistical office: Research centers, universities, private Statistical offices.
- Uses in statistics are like: statistics of population, industry & trade
- Uses in surveys like: Education, social development, economical developments income, business market studies.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Current classification is used in statistical surveys or indicators. Sometimes the current structure is not uses at the most detailed level (e.g. survey concerns immigration from RURAL to URBAN)
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?All statistical data mentioned above in (questionnaire 14) are published according to the current classification
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)Arabic language
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes, it is available in electronic form.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?They exists, at the most identical level (class level)
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)They have been elaborated but not in details.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications

In ISIC rev.2 the repair activity exists in division 9 (9511-9519) but in ISIC rev.3 it distributed among different divisions (construction 4530, Trade 5020-5200-5260, computer 1250)

5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Kind of assistance needed : Training, Experts, Publications, computers and any new statistical applications or software tools.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Useres of the classification for non statistical purposes: Ministries of: Industry, Social Affairs and Labour force, etc.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?None
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Standard Classification of all Economic Activities-rev. of year 1986
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Former classification linked to ISIC rev. 2
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The former classification consists of the following levels:
Main divisions (symbolized from 1-6)
Divisions (symbolized by 2 digits)
Group (symbolized by 3 digits including the 2 digits of division.
Class (symbolized by 4 digits including the 3 digits of group)
Activity group (symbolized by 6 digits including the 4 digits of class)
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Approximately it contains 1666 items (activities)
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, conversion tables are exist
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Year 1986
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryStandard Classification of all Economic Activities – year 1996

Source: UN questionnaire, 7/19/2004