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    ICT Minister Attends ‘Innovation Summit’ Opening, Discuss Cooperation Prospects with Apple Officials

    Dubai, 11 April 2017
    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady has participated in the opening session of the "Innovation Summit 2017" held in Dubai, discussing the latest innovations and practices in the industry to provide innovative solutions for enterprises using advanced technologies.

    The conference sessions will discuss the latest technological solutions and global trends in using the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage key resources, establishing advanced smart buildings, and taking advantage of the latest innovations in the development of different industries. The Conference is organized by Schneider Electric, gathering specialists from major international and Middle Eastern technology companies.

    During his visit to Dubai, ElKady met with Ali Khafran, the head of Apple government affairs for the Middle East, India and Africa and head of legal affairs for the Middle East. They both discussed cooperation prospects between the Egyptian government and the Company especially in the field of big data centers industry, as part of the ICT sector strategy to make Egypt a global hub in this area.

    ElKady underlined recent developments in regulating the telecommunications sector, growth of the local electronics industry and national initiatives to empower technological calibers in advanced disciplines. The ICT Minister said that the state provides special packages and incentives for manufacturing and investing in technology parks.

    In this context, Apple’s expressed its interest to invest in Egypt, and hailed the current developments in various economic and technological sectors, saying that the Egyptian market is promising to inject new investments in various tracks and benefit from available qualified Egyptian programmers. Joint work will be initiated when the Company's officials visit Egypt by mid of next month, to study the establishment of a software and application development center that will provide approximately 10,000 job opportunities. The visit is also meant to examine the possibility of establishing a big data center for the Company in one of Egypt’s technology parks, and study investment opportunities in electronic manufacturing.

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