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    Vice ICT Minister Witnesses Signing Two MoUs between ITIDA, ITI and IBM

    Cairo, 5 November 2018

    The Vice Minister for Digital Transformation, Automation and Administrative Development Khaled El Attar witnessed, today, signing two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), the Information Technology Institute (ITI) Institute and IBM Egypt, to stimulate entrepreneurship and develop the digital skills of Egyptian young people. Signing these two MoUs is part of the efforts aimed to strengthen the concept of strategic partnership between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the private sector to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurship and develop skills of Egyptian young people on modern digital technologies.

    One of the two MoUs was signed by ITIDA Acting CEO Maha Rashad and the second MoU was signed by ITI Chairperson Heba Saleh, while both of them were signed by IBM General Manager Wael Abdoush, in the presence of IBM first Chief Digital Officer Bob Lord. These MoUs are in line with the State's plan to build the Egyptian human being and the government's strategy for digital transformation and part of the efforts of MCIT and its affiliates.

    The MoU signed by ITIDA and IBM is to develop a framework for partnership aimed at contributing to supporting the environment of entrepreneurship in Egypt.

    IBM is to provide its expertise in the latest technologies through a series of workshops, hosted on IBM Cloud, on these technologies, and special introductory workshops to be held in Cairo, Alexandria and Assiut for non-technical entrepreneurs to learn about the basics of cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Analytics (DA) and others.

    Within the partnership framework, startups sponsored by ITIDA can join the Startup with IBM program, which helps startups expand into international markets and receive business consultations, technical guidance and networking opportunities to promote business solutions on IBM Cloud.

    The partnership agreement signed by ITI and IBM entails the formulation of a program entitled “IBM Future Skills”, which takes advantage of IBM two initiatives: Digital Skills Academy and IBM Digital-Nation Africa, aiming to provide thousands of young people in Africa with technological and educational support through a digital platform that enables them to develop their digital skills and unleash their innovative ideas, thus creating a competitive advantage in the IT business market.

    The agreement is within the framework of cooperation between the two parties to enhance their development efforts, especially in the field of skills development targeting Egyptian youth, and training them on skills of the future, including the latest emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), DA, cybersecurity and other modern technological disciplines.

    The aim of this agreement is to strengthen the efforts of the two parties to develop skills of young people and train them on future technologies, targeting developing a base of trainers through ITI branches in Cairo, Upper and Lower Egypt, and the Suez Canal in AI techniques, cognitive programming, cloud computing and DA.

    This cooperation agreement is to complement the joint work of ITI and IBM through implementing specialized competitions (Hakathons), workshops and professional and intensive training on DA, IoT, information security and others, for university students and graduates and small businesses. This is addition to providing these technologies via e-learning platforms in both Arabic and English to be made available across ITI platform and IBM Digital Nation Africa platform.

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