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    ICT Minister Visits Mansoura University, Inspects Technology Innovation Hub Construction, Telemedicine Project at Intrinsic Specialized Hospital

    Dakahlia, 6 February 2020

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat inspected, today, construction at the technology innovation hub at Mansoura University. He was accompanied by Mansoura University President Ashraf Abdel Basset, the Chairman of Egypt National Post Organization (ENPO) Essam El-Saghir, the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Hala El Gohary, the Director of the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) Iman Ashour, the Chairwoman of the Information Technology Institute (ITI) Heba Saleh, the Advisor to the Minister for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer, the Advisor to the Minister for Technology Parks Sherine El-Guindy and the deans of faculties at Mansoura University.

    The project comes within the framework of implementing the state strategy for establishing technology innovation hubs nationwide. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is currently establishing six hubs in Mansoura, Sohag, Menoufia, Minya, South Valley and Aswan universities. Six other hubs will also be established during the first half of this year.

    The ICT Minister had an open meeting with a number of young entrepreneurs, attended by Dakahlia Governor Ayman Mokhtar, Abdel Basset and the deans of faculties at Mansoura University. He stated that the hubs aim to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through establishing partnership between the public and the private sectors, and providing young people with ICT specialized training courses and programs that foster innovation and creative thinking.

    Talaat underlined MCIT keenness to adopt and harness modern technologies to attain comprehensive development, within the framework of the strategy for building digital Egypt, based on two main pillars: achieving digital transformation and building digital capacities.

    Moreover, the ICT Minister said that the national strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI) was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, adding that future collaboration with Mansoura University in AI and its applications will reflect on Egyptís development in agriculture, industry, irrigation, economic planning and health. MCIT, through building the Egyptian citizen programs and initiatives, carried out by the affiliated training institutes, seeks to build digital capacities in a number of modern technologies and increase the number of trainees.

    Talaat also said that a national plan for extending a fiber optic network nationwide is under implementation, as well as developing and transforming government services into e-services.

    Another project is also under way for linking 33,000 government facilities, nationwide, through the fiber optic network, in 36 months, with an EGP six billion budget. The project first phase includes linking 5,000 government facilities.

    Three bundles of digital government services will be launched by the end of the first quarter of this year, including supply, electronic notarization and traffic services, added the ICT Minister.

    Furthermore, Talaat and Abdel Basset visited the Communications and Information Technology Center (CITC) at Mansoura University. The Center played a major role in the university winning first place in a relevant competition, organized at the end of 2019, targeting Egyptian universities, where Mansoura University was selected as the best university in digital transformation.

    Since its inception in 2018, CITC has been applying intelligent management information systems and automating university operations.

    Talaat and Abdel Basset also took an inspection tour in the telemedicine project at the Intrinsic Specialized Hospital - Mansoura University. The project aims to connect health units in remote and underserved areas with major university hospitals, so citizens in these areas can be treated by top doctors and specialized consultants at those hospitals, without the need to travel.

    The hospital also provides medical consultations for health units in Minya and Damietta. It is one of the four hospitals in the governorate, providing services to many health units in underprivileged and remote areas.

    The telemedicine project, so far, includes around 150 health units, central and university hospitals, nationwide. It is based on using ICT to develop health services in university hospitals, to provide high quality services for citizens without the need to travel.

    Telemedicine allows patients to communicate directly with specialized doctors in major hospitals through advanced digital medical devices, such as sonar devices, heart rate monitors and other diagnostic devices that help consultants study the patientsí case in details, more clearly. This is in addition to using video conference technology.

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