27 August 2022
ICT Minister Concludes Visit to Lithuania, Discusses Collaboration in Open Data Governance, Legislative Frameworks


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has met with the Head of Strategic Development at the State Enterprise Centre of Registers (SECR) Adrijus Jusas, during the former’s visit to Lithuania. They discussed collaborating and exchanging expertise in digital services, electronic signature, and open data.
 
The meeting was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Lithuania (and in the Kingdom of Denmark) Mohamed Karim Fouad Sherif, and Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Egypt Artūras Gailiūnas.
 
The meeting shed light on the areas of work of SECR, which manages state information resources, and on the exchange of expertise in e-signature uses, tools, and regulations in both countries. The two sides exchanged views on open data governance, the necessary legislative and regulatory frameworks, and the key regulations for copying and using open data to best utilize it in increasing transparency and supporting decision makers.
 
During the meeting, the ICT Minister presented Egypt’s efforts in introducing the e-signature system nationwide. Efforts include establishing public-private partnerships (PPP) and building the necessary infrastructure to use the system on a large scale.
 
Concluding his visit, Talaat met with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VILNIUS TECH) Rector Romualdas Kliukas. VILNIUS TECH is a leader in the field of technological sciences. Sherif and Gailiūnas attended the meeting.
 
The ICT Minister introduced the capacity-building strategy of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). The strategy is implemented following a pyramid approach that starts with providing basic training to a large number of young people to help them find jobs.
 
Moving up, the approach involves organizing training programs and in-depth technological training to empower youth in the freelancing market. World-class education and scientific research are then provided through Egypt University of Informatics (EUI). Representing the top of the pyramid, Digital Egypt Builders Initiative (DEBI) is implemented, helping university graduates earn a Master’s degree in advanced specializations.
 
MCIT collaborates with top international universities to undertake capacity-building activities. It targets training 225,000 young people at EGP1.3 billion during the current fiscal year, Talaat revealed.
 
During the meeting, the two sides discussed establishing potential academic and research partnerships and fostering cooperation to build young Egyptians’ skills in modern technology.
 
The meeting was attended by Head of Applied Innovation Center (AIC) Ahmed Tantawy, Vice President for Electronic Transactions Security at the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Hazem Nabil, and senior officials from MCIT.
 
The ICT Minister has paid a two-day official visit to Lithuania. He has met with Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Minister of Transport and Communications, Vice-minister of National Defence, Chair of Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT), and officials from the Innovation Agency and GovTech Lab.
 
The Egyptian and Lithuanian representatives discussed collaborating in different areas, including digital transformation, capacity-building, cybersecurity, and the use of emerging technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to produce innovative solutions to the public sector.

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