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    ICT Minister Discusses ICT Cooperation with Major International Companies during MWC 2018

    Barcelona, 28 February 2018

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ELKady has met with ICANN Chairman and CEO Goran Marby, where the meeting reviewed the achievements of the Egyptian ICT sector during the past three years and exchanged views on the Fifth Generation (5G) of mobile communications.

    The meeting was within ElKadyís participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting also discussed the significance of the governmental role in the Internet governance system, exchanged views on the scope of ICANN's work and discussed Egypt's vision on related topics.

    In addition, the meeting reviewed the results of the cooperation between the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and ICANN, which resulted in establishing the DNS Entrepreneurship Center as a joint venture, aiming to develop the domain name industry in Africa and the Middle East, and improve the infrastructure of the domain name industry in Egypt. The Center seeks to build a strong industry, while providing the expertise necessary for the advancement of the industry through a number of activities, including organizing training workshops in six Arab and five African countries, and workshops for developing capacities of universitiesí young people in Egypt. Egypt was elected to head the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) last November.

    ElKady also met with the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao. At the beginning of the meeting, Zhao hailed the developments and achievements made in the Egyptian ICT sector during the past years and expressed his pleasure for meeting with the President of the Republic and attending Cairo ICT Conference last December. He invited Egypt to participate in the coming ITU Telecom World conference in South Africa.

    Zhao also hailed the preparations made by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to host the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) due to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh within the last quarter of 2019. In this context, ElKady ascertained that the Egyptian government pays great attention to host this important event and seeks to exert all the necessary efforts and provide all the required resources for its success.

    The meeting also reviewed the important issues due to be presented by MCIT during the Plenipotentiary Conference that will be held in Dubai in October, including the issues of cybersecurity, the stability of communication networks and the development of the ITU regional offices work, thus each ITU sector can participate in the operational plan of the regional offices.

    In addition, ElKady met with the CEO of Qualcomm-MENA Jay Sirag, and his accompanying delegation, where he highlighted the investment opportunities in the Egyptian ICT sector, MCIT strategy to support the electronics industry, and its plans to support innovation and entrepreneurship. This is in addition to discussing the developments of the Egyptian ICT sector and the experiments and studies prepared to introduce the 5G services. Qualcomm reviewed the latest technology solutions, and innovations in support of the 5G technology.

    Qualcomm is specialized in providing smartphone technology innovations and support for mobile devices, networks and services that keep people in touch.

    Moreover, ElKady held a meeting with the Vice President of Huawei Mark Ziyuman, discussing the company's global activities in Egypt and means to expand its investments by increasing the volume of projects executed in Egypt.

    The meeting also discussed cooperation with Huawei in providing technological solutions for the development of government services to citizens, providing excellent training for youth and building technological capabilities for them. This is in addition to reviewing investment opportunities in establishing smart cities based on modern technological systems.

    The meeting was attended by a number of MCIT senior officials, CEO of Huawei- North Africa Liu Wenjun, Huawei-Egypt CEO Terry Liu and Huawei-Egypt Vice President Hussam Al-Gamal.

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