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    ICT Trust Fund, MYS Sign MoU to Train Youth Nationwide

    Cairo, 25 January 2016

    The Egyptian ICT Trust Fund, affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the UN Development Program (UNDP), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to complete and activate the partnership initiatives between the two sides in the areas of training and entrepreneurship of youth, launched after the signing of the cooperation agreement in 2011. The MoU is to maintain the success achieved by the two sides in this regard.

    The MoU was signed by the National Director of Egypt ICT Trust Fund Hoda Dahroug and the Head of Central Administration of Projects and Training at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) Mahmoud Hassan.

    The significance of renewing the MoU between the parties lies in maintaining the efforts of both parties to support the thought of entrepreneurial culture and create jobs for young people using ICT tools. This will be achieved via participating in joint initiatives between the two parties such as “draw your future”, “train yourself to get your earning" and "ambition for social Entrepreneurship” competition. These initiatives were included in the MoU which focuses on the areas of supporting entrepreneurship, small and micro enterprises and innovation using ICTs, which is one of MCIT priorities towards enhancing the economic growth of the state.

    According to the agreement, training programs will cover all the governorates of Egypt especially Canal governorates, border governorates and marginalized and remote areas, targeting  around 60000 young people to be trained by youth and sports centers trainers..

    During the meeting, the first MoU results and achievements were reviewed on a number of topics, including supporting the culture of self-employment and entrepreneurship, where 58 trainers from MYS centers, clubs and entities as well as 74 young people have been trained. This is in addition to training 250 young people owning small and medium enterprise (SME) in seven governorates on business management skills using ICTs. Eight distinct projects in the field of social entrepreneurship have won.
    The MoU also included the knowledge exchange and networking for development initiative, through which Kenana Online Platform services (Community Knowledge Networks) and its technology solutions can be offered free of charge to youth. This in addition to supporting their capacities through providing training on online knowledge management and e-marketing skills for 1270 young men and women as well as providing 20 online training grants through the Telecentre Academy portal for IT clubs staff in seven governorates.

    The ICT Trust Fund, one of MCIT affiliates, is working through development strategies launched in 2002 in pilot initiatives to improve the quality of Egyptians’ life, and achieve sustainable economic growth through promoting the establishment of knowledge-based economy, encouraging innovation, supporting literacy and providing access to ICT tools for all community categories through a large network of IT movable and fixed clubs nationwide. The Central Department for Community Development is responsible for implementing and employing these clubs through its MCIT departments and with the participation of many development partners including international organizations, civil society and private and public sectors.

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