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    PM Witnesses Signing Cooperation Protocol between Egyptian National Railways and ENPO to Develop e-Services

    Date published: 9 January 2019

    The Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Mostafa Madbouli has witnessed the ceremony of signing a cooperation protocol between the Egyptian National Railways and the Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO), to provide e-services for reservation of trains and transport of parcels and goods through ENPO kiosks, within the Government's plan to facilitate providing government services and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) strategy to automate these services.

    The protocol was signed by the Egyptian National Railways Chairman Ashraf Raslan and ENPO Chairman Essam El-Saghir, in the presence of the Minister of Transport Hesham Arafat, and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat.

    Following the signing of the Protocol, Arafat ascertained that the signing of the protocol is within the framework of the Stateís plan to achieve financial inclusion. The Ministry of Transport has launched an online application for train reservation nationwide. The Egyptian National Railways seeks to develop the payment system, and benefit from the electronic services provided by ENPO, to facilitate citizensí access to services. This is in addition to using the railway vehicles to transport parcels, targeting to reach unprecedented numbers in transporting goods, estimated at about 25 million tons by 2024.

    For his part, Talaat pointed out that ENPO, through this Protocol, is keen to invest all its technical and human resources in light of its leading role in providing electronic financial services, which enables it to offer many advanced banking services. ENPO cooperates with the Egyptian National Railways to introduce the IPOST service within its developed postal services, through kiosks placed at the train main stations, whether currently proposed or those which will be proposed in the near future. He pointed out that these developments began in 12 stations to help citizens get the tickets and eliminate the black market and monopoly.

    The ICT Minister added that the cooperation between the two organizations will also include the online sale of tickets through 4000 offices and 2000 portable devices, and using a mobile application for reservation and payment of the ticketsí values through ENPO Visa Card or the customersí accounts, to be deducted from their savings or their pensions disbursed through ENPO outlets. This is in addition to using railway vehicles to transport parcels, since ENPO secures these vehicles and equips them with cameras and guard, while studying the expansion of transporting parcels on the largest number of rail lines nationwide.

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