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    Egypt Partakes in WSIS Forum 2019, Presents Digital Transformation Strategy

    Geneva, 10 April 2019

    Egypt is participating in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2019, held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 8-12, under the theme “Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

    The forum is one of the biggest annual international forums of the “Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)” community.

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat asserted that Egypt has a national digital strategy, implemented through executive plans based on a number of pillars, the most important of which is the infrastructure development, the core of the strategy.

    Such development can be achieved through expanding the coverage, boosting the Internet speed, and increasing the number of sites covered by fiber optic cables. This project has been implemented in schools, alongside the work to increase Internet accessibility, whether through cable or mobile and satellite.

    This was part of the ICT Minister’s talk, given on his behalf by the Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer, in the “Bridging The Digital Divides: The Egyptian Strategy for Digital Transformation, and main action lines” session.

    Talaat’s talk entailed that providing government services through a unified digital platform is one of the most important pillars of the digital transformation strategy, with carrying out projects that aim at overcoming digital literacy challenges, especially in rural and remote areas.

    Moreover, the role of Egypt Post, one of the most widespread entities in Egypt, is being reformulated to provide access to digital governmental services for citizens through its offices. In addition, digital governmental services are provided through call centers and mobile phone applications, as well as providing a single digital platform for government services, with giving the citizens different options to get the service.

    In his talk, Talaat emphasized the significance of youth capacity building, and highlighted that many programs are being implemented to increase the number of trained youth in various ICT fields, in the framework of achieving Egypt’s strategy for building the Egyptian citizen.

    He referred to the current five training institutes of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), to be proliferated through establishing eight more institutes, with a wider geographic coverage, to achieve technological development in a fair manner.

    WSIS Forum is an effective international platform for ministers and decision makers. It provides the opportunity for exchanging information and expertise, sharing best practices, identifying emerging trends, and enhancing partnerships, with developing information and knowledge societies.

    Furthermore, the forum is a major platform for discussing ICT role in achieving SDGs, shedding light on the global developments for following up and showcasing the achievement of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and linking it to WSIS action lines.

    On behalf of the ICT Minister, Shakweer also participated in “ICT Accessibility: The Key to Inclusive Global Communication” high-level session, given Egypt’s expertise and current leading experience in integrating and involving persons with disabilities (PwDs) through ICT.

    In addition, Shakweer, participated in two workshops: “Accessibility for Emerging Technologies” workshop, for displaying the innovative Assistive Technologies (AT) developed for Arabic PwDs speakers, and “Technical centers services for PwDs” workshop, showcasing Egypt’s experience in this field, in the framework of the presidential initiative to establish the technical center for PwDs.

    Egypt, also, participated in the WSIS Prizes winning projects meeting, for presenting the developments of the previous years’ winning projects, and maximizing the benefit of different countries from these successful experiences.

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