Yearbook_2010

ICTs are integrated in all spheres of life, society and economy. The digital revolution and proliferation of ICT has transformed modes of production and boosted economic growth. Though the ICT industry is relatively new, the speed at which it has grown over the last few decades is beyond early predications. ICT has impacted education, health, employment, innovation, commerce, knowledge generation and information consumption. Recently, ICT has also demonstrated its potential in the area of green growth. Through production deals inked with various stakeholders and big industry players in 2010, MCIT will work over the coming period to identify and promote ways of making greener products, applications, services and practices through stimulating design, manufacture, use and disposal of ICT devices with minimal or no impact on the environment, and using ICT as a catalyst to decrease greenhouse-gas emissions. Globally, challenges exist in the realms of security, openness, freedom of expression, Internet governance and democratizing access to the Internet. While the challenges are immense, the ICT community has demonstrated its maturity, shouldering responsibility through multi-stakeholder action, and we hope that it will continue with the same success. Today, the ICT sector in Egypt is joining forces with the global community in mobilizing not only political will, but resources, energies and creativity. Hand in hand with the private sector and NGOs, MCIT wishes to contribute in tackling global risks, environmental issues and climate change challenges. MCIT aims to bring about not only a change in mindsets, but also in behavior and work processes. Trust and capability have been developed at home, but Egypt’s initiatives to develop ICT and its potential as a socioeconomic enabler go far beyond its borders. Egypt made a commitment to the Arab region and to Africa a decade ago. In 2011, Egypt will invite African and Arab countries to a number of regional meetings to raise awareness, share knowledge and expertise, and work on policy and strategy development and implementation. Advances in Internet technology can close the gap between industrialized and developing economies. With the right agenda and framework, knowledge-based economies will flourish in the developing world and strong intellectual property rights and valuable innovation will extend from these countries to create a more prosperous, truly global, online economy. But to achieve these ambitions, trust is essential. To build this trust, global good governance must prevail, and countries and regions must unite and work together to build a positive culture for a better world. 126 127

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