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    ICT Minister, ICT International Companies Heads Discuss Promoting Cooperation and Investment during MWC 2018

    Barcelona, 27 February 2018
    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady held a number of important meetings with international major companies— as part of his participation in the Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC) held on February 26-March 1 in Barcelona— to support cooperation, exchange of visions and experiences and review investment opportunities in the Egyptian ICT sector.

    ElKady met with GSMA Director General Mats Granryd, to discuss the most important developments and policies that regulate the mobile services market at the national and international level. He showcased Egypt's experience following the launch of 4G services and its readiness for studies and experiments to provide 5G services.

    GSMA hailed the distinguished participation of the Egyptian delegation in MWC 2018, in addition to the distinguished participation of the ICT Minister in the ministerial session held under the title "Connecting the world towards a comprehensive, secure and stable digital future".

    The meeting was attended by a number of senior officials from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer John Giusti and Head of GSMA MENA- Government and Regulatory Affairs Jawad Abbassi.

    ElKady also held a meeting with the Chairman and CEO of Cisco Chuck Robbins, where he reviewed Egypt's strategy for digital transformation, the strategic initiatives and mega projects currently being implemented. The most important of these projects are developing the telecommunications infrastructure, deploying technology parks nationwide and implementing the Knowledge City project in the new Administrative Capital, which relies on the latest smart city technologies. This is in addition to promoting technological innovation and entrepreneurship, investing in youth training on the latest technologies through the Next Technology Leaders (NTL) initiative, as well as the Electronics Design and Manufacturing Initiative.

    For his part, Robbins said that the company is implementing digital transformation initiatives through the Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) initiative, which is being implemented in 18 countries around the world including the UK, Germany, France, Luxenberg, the Netherlands and India. The company is working with these countries to develop a strategy for cooperation; identify common initiatives in the areas of service, education and skills development; increase GDP growth rates; and establish smart cities and others.

    The two sides agreed to cooperate in the CDA initiative in Egypt, especially in light of the selection of the United Nations for Egypt as the headquarters for the United Nations African Technological Innovation Laboratory (UNTIL), and the compatibility of Egypt's strategy for digital transformation and CDA initiative.
    ElKady also met with the Chairman of Nokia Risto Siilasmaa, where the meeting discussed the company's global activities in Egypt and discussed its future investment plan in Egypt.

    In this context, ElKady reviewed the investment opportunities in the new mega projects currently being implemented in the Egyptian ICT sector. He pointed out that the Egyptian market is ready to study and test the 5G mobile networks. He also referred to the presidential initiative to design and manufacture electronics, aiming to increase the Egyptian capabilities for the manufacture of electronic products for local markets, and exporting to global markets, which resulted in the manufacture of the first Egyptian mobile phone by 45% local components.

    At the end of the meeting, he invited Nokia to attend the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), due to be held within the last quarter of 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh. The ICT Minister presented Siilasmaa with the first Egyptian-made mobile phone.

    The meeting was attended by a number of MCIT senior officials, Nokia-Head of Middle East and Africa Market Amr El-Leithy, Nokia-Director of North and West Africa Barry Schum, Nokia-MENA Marketing and Business Development Manager Mohamed Abdel Rahim and Nokia Egypt- Head of Customer Relationship Management Ashraf Youstos.

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