7 January 2021
Electricity, ICT Ministers Sign Protocol to Develop IT Systems Performance at Electricity Sector, Enable Electricity Services on Digital Egypt Platform


As part of government’s endeavor to implement its plans on digital transformation of state ministries and facilities in general and develop and update work mechanisms in each entity in particular, the Minister of Electricity and Energy Mohamed Shaker and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology have signed a cooperation protocol via videoconference between both ministries. This aims to develop ICT performance in electricity sector and deliver electricity services on Digital Egypt platform.

The Minister of Electricity and Energy Mohamed Shaker delivered a speech, in which he expressed his pleasure to sign the cooperation protocol between both ministries as part of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy endeavor to enter the era of digitalization by connecting its electrical grid to information technology.

In the beginning of his speech, Shaker expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for its continuous support to the electricity and renewable energy sector.

Shaker stressed that the government is taking serious steps within the framework of Egypt’s strategy of sustainable development to enforce its plan on digital transformation of state ministries and facilities in general, to develop and update work mechanisms in each entity in particular and to transform the state economy into an entity based on science, knowledge and technology through the close cooperation between all ministries in their respective areas of specialization. 

This is based on the important role MCIT plays in achieving the economic and social development and in what is included in this phase of preparing Egypt for digital transformation and the realization of Egypt’s Vision 2030, including its strategic goals to expand the use of modern methods and applications in the services delivered to citizens and develop a transparent system that interacts with citizens and responds to their needs and that is subject to social accountability.

Given the importance of services provided by the electricity and renewable energy sector to the Egyptian citizens, which are considered an essential pillar for the development of their lives, both parties agreed to stimulate their cooperation by signing this protocol in order to improve energy services, apply e-government standards, automate services delivered to citizens through latest ICT tools and develop certain systems and services that would improve performance and increase communication and interaction with citizens.
  
Shaker also stressed that the development of ICT performance in electricity sectors comes in light of supporting the implementation of the national strategy of comprehensive development and in implementation of the mandates of President Abd El Fattah El Sisi to maximize the benefit from IT applications in the transformation into a digital society to empower Egypt to take the lead in this area. Likewise, this comes in view of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy efforts towards the gradual transformation of the existing network from a conventional network into a smart one with the aim to enhance energy services, apply e-government standards and automate services delivered to citizens.

In conclusion, Shaker thanked all colleagues from both ministries for their great efforts and expressed his hope that this would be useful and helpful to serve and develop Egypt.

For his part, the ICT Minister Amr Talaat emphasized that this protocol comes in light of government’s endeavor to achieve digital transformation and concerted efforts among all ministries to advance the government sector based on new technologies. He also referred to the efforts exerted by MCIT to implement the Digital Egypt Building Strategy to create a digital society and deliver digital government services to citizens in an easy and governed manner.

Talaat pointed out that the corporation between both ministries is an ongoing partnership in view of the importance of delivering electricity services on Digital Egypt platform as they are very crucial and important to the Egyptian citizens; he also praised the leap achievement made by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy in the quality of electricity services delivered to citizens.                

Talaat also pointed out that this protocol aims to achieve transparency and raise work efficiency through promoting the use of ICT tools and applications in electricity and renewable energy sector, represented by the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and its affiliates to enhance the quality of their services delivered to citizens; the protocol also aims to provide technical support to the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and its affiliates in all IT applications and all relevant national projects as well as to provide capacity building to the employees in the area of the use of IT tools.

The ICT Minister also expressed his thanks to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy and the MCIT team for their exerted efforts and partnership in the implementation of this protocol.     
              
The duration of the protocol is two years, and its scope of work includes the delivery of all services provided by the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and its affiliates electronically through Digital Egypt Portal and the development and activation of a mobile application in different operating systems to record the reading of electrometer by subscribers, send it electronically with an image of the electrometer to the database of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and record the geographic location of the electrometer and link it with the citizen’s national ID during the first use of the application. The protocol also includes the implementation of the linking of this application with all e-payment systems.

The signing of the protocol was attended by the Deputy ICT Minister for Administrative Development, Digital Transformation and Automation Khaled El Attar, the Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy Osama Asran and the Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company Gaber Dessouki.

Copyright Ministry of Communications and Information Technology 1999-2021. All rights reserved