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    MCIT, Cisco Sign Cooperation Protocol to Stimulate Technological Innovation

    Date published: 6 December 2018

    Premier and Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Mostafa Madbouly witnessed, today, the ceremony of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Cisco, the world's leading company in IT and networking areas, to promote digital transformation and stimulate technological innovation.

    The MoU was signed by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Acting CEO Maha Rashad and Cisco General Manager Ayman El Gohary.

    The MoU is within the framework of implementing the Country Digital Acceleration Program (CDA), launched by Cisco in the Middle East and Africa two years ago, to help the countries in implementing their digital development plans. The program is implemented in Egypt in line with Egypt's Vision 2030 and focuses on the digital acceleration in implementing a number of initiatives based on Cisco's global experience in digital transformation.

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat stated that, under the MoU, Cisco partakes in the implementation of MCIT strategies for building capacities and developing digital skills, particularly those related to presidential initiatives, including the IT national academy for People with Disabilities (PwDs), and the Presidential initiative “Africa Games and Digital Applications. The MoU stipulates that Cisco is to expand “Cisco Networking Academy” program in Egypt and double the number of Egyptian and African students benefiting from the program to reach approximately 20,000 in 2019, and up to 30,000 in 2020.

    The ICT Minister added that the MoU entails cooperation in implementing the digital integration of a number of sectors, including education and digital services, through building on the increasing use of ICTs and benefiting from the post offices network throughout Egypt, thus post offices can be main centers for citizens to receive various digital services.

    Cisco, under the MoU, is to implement a number of initiatives that will contribute to implementing the government's digital agenda and work on the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and smart city solutions in Egypt.

    Cisco will also support MCIT efforts in digital health areas by leveraging Cisco technologies in automating at least 40 health units.

    In the field of entrepreneurship and startups, Talaat stated that Cisco will cooperate with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), affiliated to the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), to create a sustainable creative environment through providing training to local startups. This is in addition to supporting these startups to gain global expertise, reach markets and provide them with networking opportunities with international innovation support organizations.

    The ICT Minster said that this cooperation emphasizes MCIT commitment to implement digital transformation as soon as possible in Egypt and to promote the growth of the ICT sector in line with Egypt’s vision 2030. He added that MCIT seeks to create a supportive environment to equip young creative calibers with the digital skills necessary to keep pace with technology developments and meet market future needs.

    Cisco program aims to accelerate the digital transformation in Egypt at all levels. The company seeks to strengthen its commitment to cooperate with Egypt in this field. Since 1999, more than 95,000 students has benefited from Cisco Networking Academy courses, and accordingly, 92% of its graduates have found employment opportunities and continued their education in the same field.

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