7 February 2016
Egypt Partakes in AccessAbilities Expo

Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will participate in AccessAbilities Expo, organized on February 9-11, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE. AccessAbilities Expo is the Middle East’s dedicated exhibition for the products, services and technologies related to the disabilities and rehabilitation sectors.

UAE has provided MCIT with a pavilion at the Expo to exhibit assistive tools developed by Egypt, thereby presenting and availing the country’s experience in this field where the ministry is one of the supporting bodies of this field through a number of projects.

MCIT participation in the event is in the framework of its strategic plan to support and enable People with Disabilities (PWDs) where the Egyptian experience in this area, particularly the project of establishing the Regional Center of ICT for PWDs will be showcased. This is in addition to presenting latest innovations in the field of assistive tools developed in Arabic  through Tamkeen Competition which is held annually. This opens cooperation prospects with Arab countries to build partnerships. The Advisor of the ICT Minister for Community Services Abeer Shakweer will take part and deliver a speech during the event.

Moreover, MCIT will participate in several meetings held with decision makers in UAE, such as Dubai municipality, Community Development Authority (CDA), Department of Economic Development (DED) and other participating countries to open cooperation channels in the ICT areas for PWDs.

AccessAbilities Expo will provide a dedicated platform for government and private organizations from across various sectors like infrastructure, aviation, tourism, hospitality, facility management, technology, consumer electronics, public transport, education, healthcare and others to showcase their portfolio of products and services along with their future plans to support more than 700 million PWDs worldwide, of whom over 50 million reside in the Middle East.

The event is also aimed at motivating government authorities and private sector players to change their perception about people with special needs and disabilities and improve their services to meet their needs, integrate them in the society and enable them overcome their daily challenges.

AccessAbilities is the new international exhibition showcasing smart solutions, equipment, technology and facilities for disabled people. It brings together experts and specialists from a wide spectrum of support businesses, and will enable key departments from government and municipal authorities from across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to highlight their local initiatives for the disabled and share best practice to raise standards, establishing new connections and meeting the world’s leading suppliers in the specialized sector. AccessAbilities Expo is expected to welcome 150 exhibitors and more than 5000 visitors in Dubai during the three day exhibition.

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