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    ICT Minister Meets EITESAL BoD Members

    Cairo, 14 December 2017

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady has met with a number of the Board of Directors (BoD) members of the Egyptian Information, Telecommunications, Electronics and Software Alliance (EITESAL)— a civil society organization in the ICT sector, chaired by Hazem El Tahawy— where the meeting discussed means to enhance cooperation to participate in implementing the sector strategy that aims to support the transition to a digital society.

    The meeting is within the framework of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) keenness to hold meetings with the sector's partners, including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector to open direct communication channels and exchange visions to achieve the sector’s integration.

    During the meeting, ElKady ascertained the State's support for the ICT sector, showcasing the key achievements in the fields of implanting technology through deploying technology parks nationwide; supporting creativity and innovation; and developing the electronics industry. He also referred to the positive indicators achieved by the sector and its impact on the national economy and on opening new jobs for young people.

    The ICT Minister announced that MCIT will launch 10 technological innovation clusters with integrated equipment in the universities as a first phase within the technology innovation clusters’ initiative, launched at Cairo ICT 2017 and set to be implemented nationwide. He also underlined the competitive advantages that the Egyptian ICT industry possesses.

    For his part, EITESAL Chairman Hazem El Tahawy presented the projects implemented by the Alliance, which are in line with the ICT sector’s strategy and the initiatives implemented by MCIT and its affiliates in preparing calibers and enabling them to acquire the expertise necessary to develop the ICT industry, and enhancing young people creativity and innovation skills. He also referred to EITESAL participation in Borg Al Arab Technology Park projects to implement programs that support entrepreneurship.

    The meeting also discussed the significance of the private sector’s partnership in implementing the State’s strategy. A number of other issues related to the ICT industry were also discussed, including cybersecurity, smart cities, ICT tools for social development and human capacity building. This is in addition to rapid Internet access, Android software systems, adopting modern technologies and promoting e-commerce.

    In addition, the meeting discussed a number of proposals, the most prominent of which were the launching of business development centers in a number of Arab and European countries, and developing programs to train and employ Egyptian youth and qualify them for the latest technologies related to the ICT field, to work in local and foreign markets, where the attendees referred to the importance of the programs offered by the Next Technology Leaders (NTL) initiative. The meeting also underlined the need to increase the support of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT sector.

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