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    ICT Minister Delivers Speech at Golden Jubilee Ceremony of Computer and Systems Engineering Department at Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University

    Alexandria, 19 August 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has delivered a speech at the golden jubilee ceremony of the Computer and Systems Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University.

    During his speech, Talaat stated that Egypt is unprecedentedly experiencing the transition to a digital society, and this transition is the responsibility, of not only the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), but also of the entire government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and the private sector, including international and local companies.

    The ceremony was attended by Alexandria Governor Abdel-Aziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University Essam El Kurdi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Said Allam, Chairman of the Computer and Systems Engineering Department Amr El Masry, a number of former ministries, faculty, graduates and undergraduates of the department.

    The ICT Minister added that a bundle of digital government services will be launched by the end of this year in Port Said, as a pilot project, and will be implemented in other governorates successively. These services will be available through a number of outlets including digital platforms, mobile phone applications, Egypt Post offices, and call centers.

    In addition, three postal service centers will be inaugurated soon in Alexandria, through which citizens can get authentication services through a single window.

    Talaat said that due to digital mobility, the ICT sector, of all the different state sectors, managed to achieve the highest growth rates during the fiscal year 2018/2019.

    Moreover, the ICT Minister hailed the development of the Faculty of Engineering’s work, and called on the attending young people to acquire more skills and broaden their experience to keep up with the rapid global developments in ICTs and the labor market future needs.

    Furthermore, Talaat said that the global digital community fears that the Forth Industrial Revolution could lower employment rates, with technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools replacing humans in several jobs.

    However, technology has contributed to transforming the labor market and creating more technology and modern science based jobs.

    In addition, the challenges of implementing the Forth Industrial Revolution, successfully, and using AI technology, turned into opportunities for communities through creating a huge number of new jobs, doubling the number of disappearing jobs.

    Talaat added that during the first decade of the present century, France lost 500,000 jobs due to the spread of e-commerce; however, at the same time, 1,200,000 jobs were created.

    This difference is attributed to the skills required by jobs, as jobs based on manual skills disappeared, and others based on digital skills were created.






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