In line with the Egyptian government trend towards the African countries especially the Nile Basin countries, the minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem paid a visit to Ethiopia in the period of 18- 19 of January 2012.
Having such an important geographic and political weight in the region, Ethiopia encounters the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA and the African Union premises.
Enhancing the bilateral relations with Ethiopia, the Egyptian delegation headed by the minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem, met with his Ethiopian counterpart, Mr. Debretsion Gebremikael. As a result of the meeting, both ministers signed a letter of intent to open cooperation channels between Egypt and Ethiopia.
On the regional level, Dr. Salem met with Mr. Jean Ping, president of the African commission, in order to discuss the general cooperation framework between the ministry and the African Union.
As for the UNECA, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between both parties to enhance cooperation with the UN affiliate in a number of regional projects that Egypt adopts through various fields, such as exchanging expertise, organizing international events, e-government services, internet governance and cyber security.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem underlined Egyptís keenness to regain its pivotal role in the African continent. He also expressed his deep happiness towards re-opening dialogue with Africa, stressing on the importance of exerting efforts at MCIT to pursue its role that once started in 2004 by organizing the first and second African ministerial conferences for communications and information technology in Cairo.