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    During MWC 2018, ICT Minister Underscores Significance of Digital Transformation in Socioeconomic Development

    Barcelona, 26 February 2018

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady— during his participation in the Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC)— ascertained that the plans of digital transformation are key components of the State's strategy for sustainable development, and for socioeconomic development. He highlighted the main elements of the Egyptian digital transformation plans, which include developing ICT infrastructure, raising the efficiency level of government services, implementing the projects of smart cities and communities, developing human calibers and creating an environment supportive of technological innovation and creation.

    This came within a ministerial session entitled "Connecting the world towards a comprehensive, secure and stable digital future" organized by the GSMA in cooperation with the World Economic Forum (WEF), with the participation of a number of ICT ministers from around the world, leaders of international organizations and CEOs of major international telecommunications companies. The session is part of MWC 2018, which is one of the most important international events in the world of communications, held in Barcelona, Spain.

    The session discussed a number of issues related to the adaptation of digital communication technologies to achieve the goals of governments and companies towards sustainability, and the adaptation of digital services, while building customer confidence within the global data economy. They also discussed the cooperation between governments to activate governance means and international policies that support the advancement of the digital economy.

    In his speech at the ministerial session, ElKady highlighted the most important developments Egypt has achieved in the ICT field in recent years, where Egypt ranked the 14th in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), and the Egyptian technology services exports increased from 1.79 billion dollars to 3.26 billion dollars in 2017. In addition, Gartner listed Egypt as a key destination for the export of technology services, and Forbes magazine’s report stated that Cairo is one of the best cities to host startups.

    In the framework of supporting the exchange of experiences and visions, ElKady met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State Robert Strayer, and his delegation, to discuss means of boosting cooperation between the two countries in the field of communications and information technology.

    During the meeting, ElKady underscored the state's interest in electronic manufacturing and the use of modern technological applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which are used in implementing the projects of the new Administrative Capital and smart cities. He referred to the projects of developing strong communication infrastructure networks to support the digital transformation system and the establishment of smart cities.

    The ICT Minister also reviewed the preparations made by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for organizing the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in the last quarter of 2019 in Sharm El-Sheikh. For the first time, WRC is to be held in another country rather than Geneva, the permanent ITU headquarters. WRC, one of the most important ITU technical conferences, aims to review and revise radio regulations and relevant policies and set its plans and strategies.

    In this context, the US delegation expressed its desire to participate in the WRC because of its great importance in the ICT field.

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