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    MCIT Organizes Accessible Africa Week

    Cairo, 14 July 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has underlined the significance of joint African work and exchanging expertise among African countries for leveraging various experiences to integrate and empower Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) all over the continent.

    Talaat highlighted the importance of harnessing ICT tools to achieve modern inclusive societies, where everyone performs his duties to achieve sustainable development.

    This came during the speech delivered by the ICT Ministerís Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer, on behalf of the ICT Minister, during the opening ceremony of Accessible Africa Week event, organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on July 14-18. This is a comprehensive training program on technology and assistive technology (AT) access, organized in participation of seven African countries, including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and the event organizer, Egypt.

    Moreover, Talaat said that direct communication through workshops and interactive sessions for decision makers, technology developers, PwDs as AT users, stakeholders, experts in PwDs technology access, from different African countries, will necessarily lead to leveraging expertise in this field. In addition, this will help draw attention to PwDs needs of AT, and the role ICTs can play in overcoming the various information challenges and societal barriers that they face, thus enabling their integration into society and leverage their capacities in economic and social development processes.

    The ICT Minister stated that there are many promising minds in Africa, who are capable of achieving a breakthrough in this filed.

    Accessible Africa Week comprises workshops and interactive sessions for decision makers, technology developers, PwDs as AT users, stakeholders, experts in PwDs technology access, from different African countries, with the aim to transfer Egyptís expertise in this field, in particular PwDs access to websites.

    This aims at cooperating with African countries in launching initiatives to enable access of PwDs to websites, in light of the presidential initiative to enable technology access to Egyptian governmental websites. This is in addition to discussing the possibility of transferring Egyptian technology to African countries, in AT, introducing web digital technologies, software, and mobile phones.

    The opening ceremony was attended by the heads of the participating delegations, the Ethiopian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Getahun Abdisa Lencha, the Secretary General of the National Council for Disability Affairs Ashraf Marie, Member of Parliament Heba Hagras, Ethiopiaís Ambassador to Egypt Dina Mufti, Ghana's Ambassador to Egypt Winfred Nii Okai Hammond, and the Representative of the World Food Program (WFP) in Egypt Mangstap Hailey.

    The closing ceremony is due to include a workshop to come up with recommendations on developing the Accessible Africa Roadmap, with submitting the outcomes to the President of the Republic, as a proposal of an Egyptian initiative through the African Union (AU).

    The participating delegations are due to visit the National Academy of Information Technology for PwDs in Smart Village, that works on training and building capacities of PwDs and who deals with them in ICT.

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