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    PM Witnesses Signing Two MoUs on ‘Digital Egyptian Cultural Content’

    Date published: 6 March 2019

    Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs); one between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ministry of Antiquities, and the other between MCIT and the Ministry of Culture, with the aim to implement and launch the "Digital Egyptian Cultural Content platform" online. The Minster of Antiques Khaled El Anani, the Minister of Culture Enas Abdel-Dayem, and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat witnessed the signing.
    The MoUs were signed by Deputy Minister for Human and Institutional Capacity Development Hala El Gohary representing MCIT, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, representing the Ministry of Antiquities, and Head of the General Organization of Books and National Documents Hisham Azmy, representing the Ministry of Culture.
    The MoUs come in the framework of Egypt’s keenness to spread the Egyptian cultural content by harnessing ICT tools to help sustain its leadership and create a digital platform to make it available worldwide. This is achieved in accordance with the government’s guidelines and efforts to keep up with the digital transformation age, and the new digital society, known as the knowledge society, with knowledge being one of the most important development and national income sources.
    The ICT Minister stated that the MoUs emphasize the government’s commitment to achieve the transition to a digital economy through concerted efforts to enrich the digital cultural content creatively. This will help maintain the Egyptian identity, serve the objectives of a sustainable development and the transition to the knowledge economy, and establish communication with different civilizations and cultures.
    The Egyptian cultural content shall be accessible online as digital content, stated the Culture Minister. She said that this will facilitate the process for researchers and people who seek to explore the Egyptian culture, its history, evolution, and spread and impact in the Arab world, thereby helping Egypt maintain its cultural leadership among the world nations.
    The Antiques Minister said the project will help emphasize Egypt’s leading role as the source of cultural knowledge, conserve the Egyptian heritage for future generations, and enrich the available Digital Arabic Content (DAC). It will also help raise efficiency of related national industries and increase their export opportunities, and enable the cultural content services to Egyptian, Arab, African and international communities.
    Furthermore, a digital platform will be created to work on mobile phones, computers, iPads and tablets, for accessing the available Egyptian digital cultural content. The best Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems will be used to secure and safeguard the content. Anani added that the platform will allow unprecedented virtual visits to museums and historical sites.

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