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Establishment of a Libyan-Egyptian company to activate digital transformation and establish a factory for fiber-optic cables


The Egyptian-Libyan talks, which were held in Cairo over three days, were concluded yesterday, headed by Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Dr. Faisal Ahmed Qarqab, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company, which is responsible for supervising the Libyan ICT sector; The discussions dealt with ways to activate cooperation in a number of communications and information technology fields, most notably digital transformation, postal services, capacity-building and entrepreneurship, as well as technology localization. They also resulted in the signing of a number of joint agreements between Telecom Egypt, Hatif Libya, and Telecom Company. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Wednesday, in the areas of training, providing technical advice, administrative support, and supporting the provision of international services.

 


Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, stressed that there has been an intensive series of meetings with the Libyan side over the past few days to enhance the close cooperation between the two countries in the field of communications and information technology and to create projects on the ground that are implemented on scientific and economic bases that benefit the Egyptian and Libyan peoples. The axes of this cooperation have been conceptualized and will be elaborated in an agreement for cooperation between the two countries in a number of fields, the most prominent of which are data centers, interconnection between the Egyptian international network for cables and the Libyan network, and the implementation of joint projects in the field of fiber-optic cable manufacturing, in addition to cooperation in Fields of training to build the capacities of Libyan youth in all sciences of communications and information technology, as well as exchanging visions and experiences in the fields of building technological villages, technical programs, digital transformation, and activating cooperation between the Egyptian and Libyan postal institutions.

 

Dr. Amr Talaat explained that four agreements were signed between Telecom Egypt, Libya Telecom, and the Libyan International Telecom Company in the field of training and benefiting from technical and administrative expertise in various fields, in addition to a framework agreement for interconnection and making the Egyptian international cable network available to brothers in Libya; These agreements are considered the beginning of a serious, in-depth and multi-axial phase of cooperation between Egypt and Libya in the field of communications and information technology, in addition to being a final agreement on issues raised during his visit to Libya last April.

 

On his part; Dr. Faisal Ahmed Qurkab, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company, valued what he witnessed during the meetings of openness and a real desire on the part of the Egyptian side for joint cooperation. He explained that it was agreed to implement projects to be a building block for business, investment and joint work between the two brotherly countries. Including a project to transfer the leading Egyptian experience in the field of digital transformation through the establishment of a joint Libyan-Egyptian company concerned with developing digital transformation initiatives in the two countries, establishing a set of important infrastructure projects, activating the digital transformation project and government electronic services in Libya, as well as starting to establish smart cities in Libya. Tripoli and Benghazi, in addition to establishing a national data center in Libya with the support of Egypt.

 

 

Dr. Faisal Ahmed Qurkab added that it was also agreed to expedite the establishment of the headquarters of the Academy of Communications and Information Technology in Libya with an Egyptian-Libyan partnership, and to start training and rehabilitation programs and capacity-building; He stressed that there is an Egyptian-Libyan strategic direction to take advantage of natural resources and competencies to localize technology and reduce its import operations and work on exporting abroad, as it was agreed on joint Egyptian-Libyan investment in implementing projects to localize the latest technologies in Egypt and Libya, including the establishment of a factory for fiber-optic cables.

 

This is in accordance with the agreements signed between Telecom Egypt, the Libya Telecom Company, and the Libyan International Telecommunication Company; Telecom Egypt provides all kinds of technical and advisory support to Hatif Libya; By providing consultancy services related to planning, designing, creating, operating and maintaining infrastructure to ensure the achievement of digital transformation in the shortest period of time, through more than one model that includes technical advice, shadow management, and project management at all stages, as well as providing legal, regulatory, commercial, advertising, financial, accounting and other advice. .

 

While cooperation in the field of human resources and training includes Telecom Egypt training technical and administrative cadres at Hatif Libya Company in the field of establishing, operating and managing communications networks, information technology, the process of digital transformation and developing personal skills. Training operations include how to establish, manage and operate terrestrial network projects according to the latest internationally approved technologies and the latest The means of training at Telecom Egypt. The cooperation also includes providing technical and professional advice and directing and supporting the Libya Telecom Company in order to establish a training center for its technical and administrative cadres to implement the company’s training projects. The training programs address training content on digital services such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things. and others.


With regard to cooperation in the field of international services, a framework agreement was signed with the Libyan International Telecom Company to support the provision of international services represented in international interconnection services and integrated solutions to provide various content services and transfer Internet traffic through the infrastructure of Telecom Egypt from the Internet collection point, data centers and a network Undersea cables stretching around the world.

 

The agreements were signed by Eng. Adel Hamed, Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt, Eng. Mohamed Balras, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libya Telecom Company, and Eng. Adel Bashir Abu Fares, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan International Telecom Company.

 

Following the signature; Engineer Adel Hamed, Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt, said, "We are pleased with this cooperation with our Libyan brothers, and we seek to provide all forms of technical and advisory support to contribute to accelerating the development of the communications infrastructure in Libya," adding, "We have extensive experience that extends to more than 160 years in the field of communications." We have achieved great successes in the field of infrastructure development over the past years, and we seek to transfer these experiences to our brothers in Libya’s Hatif Company.”

 

For his part, Eng. Mohamed Ali Balras, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hatif Libya Company, expressed his deep happiness with this cooperation between Telecom Egypt and Hatif Libya, which included the joint exchange of experiences, training of cadres, development and capacity building, saying, “We look forward to greater and broader cooperation in various fields of communications technology,” adding, “We look forward to This cooperation brings us to twinning between the two companies, especially with the matching of many services and businesses of the same nature.”

 

Engineer Adel Bashir Abu Fares, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan International Telecom Company, said, "We are pleased to sign this agreement with Telecom Egypt in the field of international communications, and we look forward to deepening cooperation in the future and benefiting from the great experience that Telecom Egypt enjoys in the field of international telecommunications services and its extended submarine cable network. around the world".

 

The signing ceremony was attended by a number of leaders of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and Telecom Egypt.

 

While he attended from the Libyan side; Al-Sharif Mhamed Hebli, Political Adviser to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Walid Mhamed Al-Ghali, First Secretary at the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Magdy Ali Al-Shaibani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Academy for Communications and Information Technology, Atef Salem Al-Ahrash, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Bunna Investment and Services Company, and Muhammad Al-Mahdi Abu Habisha, General Manager of Al-Bunnia Company For Investments and Services, Abdel-Moneim Khalifa Al-Hajaji, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Libyana Mobile Phone Company, Tariq Ali Al-Shattat, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Libya Post, Abdelbaset Al-Senussi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Libya Telecom and Technology, Emar Mohamed Al-Bouzidi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Generation Company, and Engineer Abdel-Khaleq Ashour, Chairman of the Board of Directors New Orbit Company.

 

 From the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company, Muhammad Al-Sadiq Abu Samaha, Director of the Investment and Contributions Department, Khaled Moftah Zaghinin, Director of the Legal Office, Nidal Salem Armida, Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Muhammad Abdul Rahman Belhaj, Director of the Information and Communications Office, Noureddine Muhammad Al-Wefaty, External Relations Officer, and a number of Leaders of the Libyan Telecom Holding Company and its affiliates.

 

It is worth noting that a high-level delegation of leaders and experts in the communications, information technology and postal sector in the State of Libya, headed by Dr. Faisal Qarqab, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company, visited Egypt from 19 to 22 June; The visit witnessed a number of meetings and extensive discussions in order to get acquainted with the Egyptian experience and activate means of cooperation between the two countries in the field of communications, information technology and mail.

 

During the visit, it was agreed to implement a number of projects representing a priority for Libya, including the areas of digital transformation, digital infrastructure, interconnection, capacity building, in addition to cooperation in postal services by working to link the two countries with regard to express mail, and setting up the tracking system ecosystem. for the local mail in Libya, and to create the necessary legislative and regulatory environment for the Libya Post Company to play its role in the digital transformation process in Libya.

 

It was also agreed to cooperate in the field of information technology industry development by benefiting from Egyptian experiences in developing an organizational structure to build the capacities of individuals and companies working in the ICT sector in Libya, and to initiate modeling of the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA) in Libya, in addition to Transfer of Egyptian experiences with regard to the legislative and regulatory framework for the telecommunications, postal and information technology sectors in Libya, as well as benefiting from the accumulated Egyptian experiences in motivating Libyan youth to innovate, entrepreneurship and self-employment.

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