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    El-Sisi Meets Premier, ICT Minister to Discuss Implementing MCIT Strategy

    Date published: 19 October 2018
    President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met, today, with the Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and the Minister of Communications and Information Amr Talaat, where the meeting discussed steps of implementing the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) strategy 2018-2019, aiming at realizing the Stateís plan to build the Egyptian human being, achieving digital transformation, automating government services, and promoting digital economy.

    In this context, El-Sisi called for continuing developing the ICT sector as one of the main pillars of the country's economic and social growth, creating an environment conducive to innovation and technological investment, implanting specialized technological industries and developing the telecommunications infrastructure. This will contribute to achieving the transition to digital society as well as the Stateís plans for realizing financial inclusion and providing the best and latest services to citizens.

    El-Sisi also called for giving priority to implanting technology and transfer of knowledge, thus contributing to the formation of new generations of talented young people. He also called for increasing the volume of electronic manufacturing, thus contributing to the provision of more job opportunities for young people. In this regard, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered expanding technological innovation clusters in different governorates of the Republic, to discover and develop talents and human capabilities that Egypt possesses in this sector. This is in addition to adhering to the timetable for the establishment of the City of Knowledge in the new Administrative Capital.

    During the meeting, the ICT Minister reviewed the implementation mechanisms of MCIT strategy, which includes providing digital databases, coordinating with various state agencies on implementing the strategy of digital transformation and the comprehensive automation of government services, applying governance principles, and developing partnership between the government and private sectors.

    Talaat explained that MCIT strategy, aiming to participate in implementing the State's plans to build the Egyptian human being, is based on the development of digital skills. It focuses on providing training, building human calibers and supporting creativity, as well as stimulating entrepreneurship and developing the Egyptian digital cultural content which will document the cultural, historical and tourism heritage of Egypt, to disseminate the culture and knowledge of this heritage.

    The ICT Minister also reviewed MCIT efforts to implement the strategy of digital transformation and automation of e-government services, referring to the ongoing coordination with various ministries and government institutions in this framework. The aim of these efforts is to provide a high-quality government digital services in the fields of civil status, traffic, real-estate publicity, health insurance, education development and other fields. This is in addition to launching the citizen card and digital identity of citizens, to provide various services remotely, and implementing the e-payment system.

    Talaat ascertained that MCIT strategy aims to enhance the Stateís capacities by increasing the revenues of the ICT sector and its contribution to the development process, while promoting Egyptian leadership in this sector at the regional and international levels through focusing on electronic manufacturing and developing products with promising marketing opportunities, while ensuring the quality of these products.

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