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    Official Handover of Digital Transformation Projects from Planning Ministry to MCIT

    Cairo, 13 January 2020

    The Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El Said has received the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, at the Planning Ministry General Bureau. The aim is to hand over 20 digital transformation and services automation projects and some digital transformation services in Port Said City, of which the Planning Ministry was responsible, to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

    This comes in light of the decree of the Council of Ministers to transfer the Planning Ministryís responsibilities pertaining to digital transformation to MCIT.

    In this regard, El Said stated the Egypt has adopted a serious approach to achieve the transformation into a digital society, promote e-payment and achieve financial inclusion, as one of the pillars of comprehensive and sustainable economic and social development.

    The approach represents one of the key objectives of the government work plans and programs to achieve the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030, and the comprehensive plan for administrative reform. The Planning Minister added that the political leadership fully supports this approach, with all its executive steps and procedures.

    Moreover, El Said highlighted that since her appointment in 2017, the Planning Ministry had been in charge of carrying out administrative reform. It exerted huge efforts to implement such administrative, structural and institutional reform, with its pillars, including institutional development and capacity building, in line with a thorough economic reform process, during an exceptional period.

    El Said also underlined that the Planning Ministry is keen on following and implementing digital transformation and government services automation projects. She referred to the steps and projects that the Ministry carried out to facilitate access of citizens to services, anywhere, through different means, thus contributing to improving the quality of life and satisfying citizens.

    As for the executive status of digital transformation and services automation projects, to the end of December 2019, El Said stated that the Planning Ministry automated 239 traffic prosecutions, 196 traffic units and 94 commercial registry offices, and connected 62 government bodies through the government data exchange system.

    The Planning Ministry also developed 119 courthouses, 89 police stations and 29 departments of forensic medicine, to achieve complete justice and issue effective judicial rulings, as fast as possible.

    In addition, El Said expressed her happiness with the effective steps executed in the digital transformation process, and wished MCIT success in handling this important file.

    She also referred to the 20 projects handed over to MCIT, including the national digital transformation project; the law enforcement projects; the projects of developing litigation procedures, traffic units and prosecutions systems, real estate registration and notarization offices, commercial registry offices (economic facilities) and the Ministry of Interior services.

    This is in addition to the projects of developing the central vaccination system and pharmaceutical registration; the projects of automating hospitals, patient admission and discharge, oncology centers, central laboratories, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and health services (initiatives). Other projects include the public service outlets, e-portals, the government services portal, e-coordination, operation services (19468 hotline), the public contract portal and public service office, as well as some digital transformation services in Port Said City.

    For his part, the ICT Minister underlined that the current and future periods require unifying and integrating work to achieve digital transformation, under digital Egypt umbrella, through which a number of projects are implemented in collaboration between various sectors, according to the latest technologies, through an integrated participatory government. This contributes to exchanging data and documents electronically, thus providing decent digital government services to citizens.

    Talaat added that the two ministries discussed all the details to ensure achieving a smooth transition, based on scientific grounds. He also said that Egypt is making a significant progress towards digital transformation, which will contribute to achieving transparency, governing government performance, rationalizing the state resources and improving the quality of life.

    Furthermore, the ICT Minister said that digital transformation has been implemented in Port Said City as a pilot project, to be implemented nationwide. Government and services sectors in Port Said have also been automated and connected to the stateís unified databases, in collaboration with the sectors providing the services.

    Another project has also been carried out, targeting connecting all government facilities, making around 35K buildings nationwide, with a fiber optic network, in 36 months, with a six billion EGP budget.

    Talaat added that MCIT is in charge of implementing digital transformation, with all its aspects and elements, and will work to continue the success story of the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Reform, and carry out projects in coordination with all the ministries and state institutions. He also said that the close partnership and cooperation between the two ministries does not end today, but rather begins, and will be renewed and expanded.

    On January 8, the Council of Ministers, during its meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, approved the Prime Ministerís draft decree providing for the expansion of MCIT responsibilities to include the responsibilities of the Ministry of Administrative Reform (FKA Ministry of Administrative Development) pertaining to automation and digital transformation. This comes out of the stateís keenness to unify responsibilities and avoid duplication, to develop government performance, through transferring all digital transformation responsibilities to MCIT.

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