2 December 2022
ICT Minister, Nigerian Counterpart Ink MoU to Cooperate in ICT, Digital Economy

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Isa Ali Ibrahim have signed an MoU between the Government of Nigeria, represented by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, and the Government of Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). The aim is to enhance cooperation in ICT and digital economy.

The five-year MoU covers areas of common interest, including broadband, fiber-optic connectivity, end-user devices, and value-added services (VAS). This is in addition to innovation, entrepreneurship, software development, innovation architecture, institutional development, capacity building, R&D, applied innovation, postal services, and spectrum management.

The two ministers held a meeting in the presence of senior officials from the two ministries. They discussed enhancing cooperation in ICT under the MoU.

During the meeting, Talaat highlighted that Egypt and Nigeria have deep strong ties and underlined that the two ministries are keen on exchanging visions and expertise on ICT matters.

Praising the two countries’ remarkable achievements in the ICT industry, the ICT Minister stated that Egypt and Nigeria are planning to collaborate in postal services, cyber security, AI, telecommunications, and international connectivity. Other areas of cooperation include start-ups, entrepreneurship, and capacity building.

Talaat remarked that Egypt University of Informatics (EUI) is opening its doors to Nigerian students.

For his part, the Nigerian Minister stressed that the two countries had forged solid ties. He commended MCIT efforts in developing the digital skills of youth through multilevel training while focusing on advanced technologies.
Ibrahim said he looked forward to availing his country of the Egyptian experience in technical training and boosting collaboration between the two countries in that field. He also valued the programs offered by EUI and the Information Technology Institute (ITI), which he explored during his visit.

Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for West Africa Sherif Mokhtar said that the relations between Egypt and Nigeria feature a variety of areas. He highlighted that the recently established collaboration between the two ministries in ICT, which will reshape the future of the two countries and young people, will further deepen those relations.

Ambassador of Nigeria to Egypt Nura Abba Rimi said he was pleased to witness the signing of the MoU, which will help Egypt and Nigeria retain their position in Africa as the two largest economies. The MoU will pave the way for further cooperation between ministries, technical bodies, and regulators in the two countries, he added.

During the meeting, officials from the two ministries discussed the proposed areas of cooperation in ICT.

The meeting was attended by Egypt Post Chairperson Sherif Farouk, Acting CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Ahmed Elzaher, Assistant Minister for Strategy and Implementation Sherine El-Guindy, Assistant Minister for Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Mohamed Nasr Eldin, Technical Assistant to the Nigerian Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Mukhtar Sadiq, and officials from the two ministries.

The Nigerian Minister and his accompanying delegation took a tour of the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital, where they visited EUI. Ibrahim also visited ITI and the Postal Museum.
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