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    ITU Honors Egypt with ICT Indicators Award

    Cairo, 3 December 2014

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has honored Egypt with an ICT indicators award for 2014. The Awarding ceremony took place during the twelfth round of the ITU indicators symposium (WTIS) held last November in Tblisi, Georgia.

    Taking part in the event, the Information Center Director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Nagwa El-Shenawi received the award, on behalf of the ICT Minister Atef Helmy.

    Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Mr Brahima Sanou presented the awards at the closing ceremony to praise Egypt’s efforts in the ICT indicators measurement and its effective participation in meetings and conferences of the ITU in relation to the information society statistics.

    The symposium was opened by ITU Deputy Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia George Kvirikashvili.

    Experts and specialists of 75 countries took part at the event, as well as experts and representatives in a number of international organizations like the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union. This is in addition to the effective participation of major global companies, with a number of ICT ministers and leaders from Egypt, Jordan, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Georgia, Palestine, Japan, South Korea, China and Denmark.

    El Shenawy has participated at the round table for the development agenda beyond 2015 and related ICT strategies and its indicators for the coming period. El-Shenawi made a presentation about the role of information and indicators to follow-up on policies and strategies of the information society in Egypt, based on the ICT strategy 2014- 2020 launched last year.

    In her presentation, El-Shenawi clarified the role of these indicators to measure the progress of the information society in Egypt, and how information contributed to support decision-making in future ICT policies, plans and strategies. This is in addition to measuring the contribution of the sector at the socio-economic development in Egypt during the last period.

    Egypt, presented by MCIT, previously won the UN Public Service Awards (UNPAN) 2013 in New York for the best website of ICT indicators that support government’s decision-making using innovative mechanisms.

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