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    ITIDA to Organize a Concluding Conference on MAP-IT Project

    Date published: 22 December 2008

    Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is organizing a final conference on Map-IT project under the title "Opening up Channels of ICT Cooperation between Europe and the Mediterranean Region." The event is due to be held on December 23, 2008.
    The conference aims at shedding light on possible cooperation in fields of ICT research and development (R&D) and innovation among partners across the Mediterranean region as well as discussing issues related to the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and the revised ICT Work program.
    It will further present an opportunity to demonstrate the results gathered by the MAP-IT project over the past two years.

    The conference will bring together experts in ICT from research and industry. It will also include workshops for the eight Mediterranean partner countries within the FP7.

    ITIDA is a major partner of MAP-IT project, which is funded by the European Union as part of the EU's Seventh Framework Program.
    Map-IT project aims at identifying and categorizing companies and organizations in Egypt operating in R&D projects related to ICT and facilitating all online information about these companies. This will help create a communication mechanism among companies seeking partnerships in the EU's major R&D programs. 
    Representatives from the countries participating in the project will attend the conference including Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco and Syria in addition to European partners from Italy and France. 
    ITIDA CEO Dr. Hazem Abdelazim is expected to inaugurate the conference.
    Executive Vice President of ITIDA Dr. Sherif Hashim said that one of the major accomplishments of MAP-IT project is an integrated database with detailed data on 300 Egyptian companies and the activities and international projects they got involved in, especially those related to R&D.
    Map-IT blog was created to act as a communication channel covering Mediterranean ICT topics and stimulating online dialogue on all levels.
    A CD entitled: "Egypt on R&D and Innovation" was developed encompassing a database of the companies participating in the project, research centers, Masters Theses, PhD dissertations and papers published during the past five years that are linked to research fields defined by the EU.
    Additionally, ITDIA sponsored the participation of 14 ICT companies in ICT 2008 held in Leon, France in November 2008 under the organization of the EU.

    During the conference, the research programs of 2009-2010 were announced generating several opportunities as well as a research plan for the next two years. The plan is composed of a number of points including the invitation of EU countries.
    MAP-IT project resulted in the formulation of a think tank of a group of experts from mega, small and medium sized companies and research institutes like Orange, Microsoft, IBM, Research and Development (RDI), Alexandria Bibliotheca, Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), Information Technology Institute (ITI), National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Cairo University, Nile University and the American University in Cairo.

    The think tank’s mandate is to analyze the project's output, figure out the points of strengths and weakness, opportunities and threats to be able to propose effective strategies to develop companies' potential in R&D and innovation.
    ITIDA also organized two workshops for the experts’ think tank in May and November 2008.
    FP7 is considered one of the major sources of research funding in Europe during the period from 2007–2013. The PF7's budget is $54.5 billion; €9.1 billion Euros of which is allocated to ICT research, while $2.7 billion is directed to nuclear researches. The PF7's budget is 63 per cent greater than that of the FP6.
    About MAP IT
    MAP IT is a project that aims at carrying out knowledge-mapping activities aimed at identifying and monitoring Mediterranean R&D resources and facilitating EuroMed partners' access to knowledge and resources covering information society-related skills, technology and competencies in the non-EU Mediterranean area.

    About ITIDA
    Located in the heart of modern business environment at the Smart Village, The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is a governmental entity spearheading the development of the Egyptian IT sector and increasing its global competitiveness. ITIDA, an affiliate of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is tasked with the focal role in the developing the IT industry through identifying the needs of the local industry and addressing them with tailored programs. The agency is considered to be a one-stop-shop for foreign investors and a strategic advisor to Multi-National Companies (MNCs) investing in the Egyptian IT sector.  It further plays a leading role in enhancing the Egyptian cyber security and data protection framework towards a more secure e-Business and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services positioning.

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