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International Cooperation launches the joint cooperation platform for the telecommunications sector

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, launched the joint coordination platform for the ICT sector, under the title “The ICT sector for development”, in the presence of Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and a number of officials from the two ministries as well as multilateral development partners. The duo, including Elena Panova, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Office in Egypt, representatives from the African Development Bank and others, presented strategies for developing the communications and information technology sector, and its role in supporting the country's development vision.


This comes as a continuation of the periodic meetings held by the Ministry of International Cooperation, within the framework of the joint coordination cooperation platform, to present the development efforts and reforms implemented in the various sectors of the state, with the participation of multilateral and bilateral development partners, and the concerned authorities of the state, to create effective communication in order to accelerate the pace of development financing programs To implement Egypt's Vision 2030 and the sustainable development goals.


Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, said that the communications and information technology sector was the pivotal sector for work during the Corona pandemic, as all countries of the world depended on it for the continuity of business and various activities, and it also achieved huge growth and development during the past years, so the Ministry of International Cooperation held a meeting in The framework of the coordination cooperation platform to promote and present to development partners the structural reforms and developments that have taken place in the sector.


The Minister of International Cooperation indicated that the joint coordination cooperation platform is the first principle of economic diplomacy launched by the Ministry of International Cooperation at the beginning of 2020, to advance international partnerships and relations with development partners to achieve sustainable development goals, explaining that the platform aims to achieve many goals from Among them is the promotion of structural reforms implemented in different sectors, development efforts in the various sectors of the state, opening up prospects for cooperation between government agencies, the private sector and multilateral and bilateral development partners, discussing opportunities for available partnerships, defining the development priorities of the state, and integration between development partners with regard to efforts made to support development work.


Al-Mashat stated that the Egyptian state aims to maximize the participation of the private sector in various aspects of development and implement structural reforms that support its role during the coming period, pointing out that the participation of development partners in these platforms provides an opportunity to get acquainted closely with the implemented procedures, reforms and development plans. In various sectors, and setting priorities during the next stage, where these plans are shared with all partners to study them in detail and identify future partnerships.


The Minister of International Cooperation praised the development partners, including the United Nations, the African Development Bank and the World Bank, who contributed to all the joint coordination cooperation platforms that were held during the current year, explaining that during the first half of this year, many platforms for joint coordination cooperation were held for the petroleum and supply sectors. The private sector and micro-enterprises. These platforms seek to translate the ongoing discussions and discussions into real partnerships to develop various sectors and enhance cooperation between development partners, government agencies and the private sector.


For his part, Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, stressed that information and communications technology has become an essential component of development strategies in various sectors. Pointing out the keenness of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to build bridges of cooperation with international institutions to establish constructive partnerships in order to maximize the use of technology in achieving development; He stressed that the ministry is cooperating with state agencies and institutions to implement Egypt's digital strategy, whose implementation plans revolve around adapting digital technologies to serve the citizen.


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology added that Egypt is witnessing an unprecedented boom in digital transformation. So far, 75 digitized government services have been launched on the Digital Egypt platform, with them available from other outlets, namely post offices and government service centers; call center (15999); He referred to the concerted efforts of the state sectors to implement the project of moving the government to the new administrative capital to become a participatory, smart and paperless government.


He explained that the ministry is implementing an integrated strategy to create distinguished digital cadres; And that the School of Applied Technology was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, with the goal of building five more schools to prepare a generation of qualified technical workers in the field of communications and information technology; The Egypt Informatics University will also be established in the City of Knowledge in the New Administrative Capital, in addition to the implementation of the Digital Egypt Builders initiative to grant a specialized professional master’s degree to a thousand students annually; They reviewed the projects and initiatives implemented by the ministry to create a stimulating environment for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.


He pointed out that investments of about 1.6 billion dollars were pumped during the past two years to raise the efficiency of Internet services; He stressed that the ministry is participating in the presidential initiative, a decent life according to four main axes, which are linking villages with fiber-optic cables to raise the efficiency of Internet services for one million homes, developing 906 post offices and providing them with automatic teller machines, and improving the quality of communication services by providing villages with a thousand participatory mobile network stations. In addition to implementing a training project for digital literacy and capacity building in the field of technology; Noting that a plan is being implemented to develop the Egyptian post offices and increase its branches to become an outlet for providing Egypt's digital services and financial inclusion services in addition to postal services.

For his part, Eng. Adel Hamed, Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt, discussed the projects proposed for investment in the company in the areas of developing telecommunications infrastructure; He explained the company's plan to implement a project to raise the efficiency of Internet services in the villages of the Decent Life Initiative, as well as a plan to implement the project for connecting fiber-optic networks to homes throughout the Republic.


Dr. Hossam Othman, Executive Vice President of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), also reviewed; The projects that represent a priority in Egypt’s strategy that manufacture electronics and are targeted to be implemented in the field of electronics feeding industries such as boards and printed electronic circuits of all kinds, lithium batteries in all portable electronic devices, and electronic circuits for LED lighting products and components, which contributes to filling the local, regional and global market needs and providing value Additive to local products and increase their global competitiveness.


Dr. Golestan Radwan, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Artificial Intelligence, confirmed that a number of projects are being implemented within the framework of the national strategy for artificial intelligence to use artificial intelligence applications and innovative solutions in order to enhance and develop government operations, as well as in development sectors with a focus on the sectors of agriculture, health and planning. The economy, infrastructure, smart cities, industry and Arabic language processing.


While Dr. Abdel Moneim El Sharkawy, President of the National Academy of Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities, presented the Academy’s strategic axes of work, and the desired aspects of cooperation, especially in the field of supporting and stimulating assistive technologies, within the framework of the role that the Academy aspires to as a regional center to support research, development and industry in this field A project proposal for technological access to facilitate the use of some public transportation (trains and metro) was presented.


In her comment, Elena Panova, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Office in Egypt, said, "We thank you for the opportunity to participate in another platform of joint coordination cooperation. The telecommunications sector is one of the promising sectors that played a major role during the Corona pandemic, and there are efforts being made to develop it and we want to continue." In Al-Mabahat to learn about development projects and future axes of work, and they can be presented to the group of development partners in my capacity as a co-chair.”


It is worth noting that the Ministry of International Cooperation held during the past year a number of joint coordination cooperation platforms in various sectors, including transport, agriculture and the public business sector; The ministry also concluded development financing agreements worth $9.8 billion for various state and private sectors, for more information.