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    New ICT Projects Inaugurated in Alexandria

    Alexandria, 27 July 2008
    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Alexandria Governor General Adel Labib inaugurated on Alexandria's National Day a number of new information and communications technology (ICT) projects in the governorate.
    Dr. Kamel and Governor Labib began their inaugural tour at the governorate premises with a meeting with the public and executive leadership of Alexandria where the minister gave a speech demonstrating several issues, ICT services and the latest key achievements in this domain. Dr. Kamel also presented the phases of carrying out the tracks of the Egyptian Information Society Initiative (EISI) in cooperation with the Egyptian ministries, agencies and bodies in a bid to turn Egypt into an information-based society. 
    Dr. Kamel, General Labib and Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir inaugurated the Electronic Phone Directory Building at El-Manshia Exchanges Center. The center was upgraded at a total of LE 15 million cost to serve the neighboring governorates of El-Beheira, Marsa Matrouh, Kafr El-Sheikh, El-Sharkia, El-Gharbia, El-Dakahlia, El-Menoufia, Damietta and 10th of Ramadan city after serving Alex only. The center offers its services 24/7 and receives more than 80,000 phone calls daily ranging from 40-45 seconds each. The upgraded center is now provided with advanced equipment and service providers who are bi or multi-lingual and computer literates.
    Dr. Kamel and General Labib also toured the International Communications Building in Alexandria. The building was founded in 2005 with a total cost of $5 million to act as a meeting point for all international communications undertaken through the marine cables in this strategic area. 
    Investments in telecommunications in Alexandria from October 1999 until mid 2008 amounted to almost LE 1080 million. The future plan for communications projects in the governorate encompasses an increase in the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the increasing need. The plan also involves the finalization of the CDMA network in Alex for remote areas where ground networks are hard to operate. The investment cost of the CDMA project based on the plan is more than LE 85 million.
    A total of 60 exchanges centers are available in Alexandria with the capacity of about two million and 214,000 lines. All the centers are open to respond to landline installation requests. The phone density in Alexandria reached 26%.
    Meanwhile, Dr. Kamel, General Labib and Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated Alexandria Post Office in El-Manshia district and Salah Eddin Post Office after being upgraded. The two centers were modeled and equipped with computers to offer all financial and postal services in addition to the pension cashing service. Alexandria Post Office cashes about 4,160 pensions and delivers more than 160 ones to beneficiaries' homes, while Salah Eddin Post Office cashes more than 5,300 pensions and delivers about 236 ones. The two offices also offer saving services, phone bills and the Net Currier. A total of 32 employees work for the two offices over morning and night shifts to adapt to citizens' different needs.
    Alexandria post has about 2.750 million clients whose deposits are over LE 5 bn. A total of 113 post offices are now available in Alexandria, 64 of which were modeled, while 12 others are in the process of being modeled and two are under construction. Eighteen post offices operate till 10 pm.
    On the occasion of selecting Alexandria to be the capital of Islamic culture for 2008 by Islamic Education, Science and Culture Organization (ISESCO), Dr. Kamel, in the presence of Governor Labib, stamped the first day of the memorial stamp to celebrate this event.  
    In a separate development, Dr. Kamel and Governor Labib witnessed the singing of a number of cooperation protocols between Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
    A number of projects will be established for supporting the commercial activities of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce via the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools.
    First Deputy to Minister of Communications and IT Dr. Hoda Baraka and Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Al-Wakil co-signed the agreements.

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