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    Samoan Delegation Visits MCIT

    Date published: 29 October 2019

    A delegation from Samoa, headed by the Samoan Minister of Communication and Information Technology Afamasaga Lepuiai Rico Tupai, visited the ICT for Comprehensive Community Development (ICT4CCD) project, affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), on October 27, in Cairo, Egypt.

    The visit comes within the framework of the ongoing cooperation between ICT4CCD and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    During the visit, the two sides discussed the areas of cooperation and expertise exchange. The Egyptian side presented the ICT4CCD history, its role in empowering citizens and communities to use ICT to build a digital society, and its strategic vision for cooperation with international, regional and local partners in carrying out community projects that help attain comprehensive sustainable development.

    The two sides also discussed the work mechanism for managing development projects with MCIT, and how this contributes to attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    This is in addition to the development projects that ICT4CCD carries out with the aim to build people’s capacities and empower them using ICTs, in areas including education, health, small enterprises, youth entrepreneurship, e-learning, knowledge society, and women empowerment.

    The delegation commended the community development projects, especially Qodwa.Tech initiative for empowering women economically and socially through capacity building using ICT, and marketing women’s handicraft products on social media.

    This is addition to the telemedicine project that aims to improve the quality of healthcare services using technological solutions, and enable access to these services in remote and marginalized areas.

    Furthermore, the two sides discussed using innovative technological solutions to reach remote communities. One of these solutions is the ‘Tabluter’ tool, used to overcome obstacles and facilitate access of citizens, especially women, in remote communities to ICTs.

    On the sidelines of the visit, the delegation attended a number of events of the second day of Qodwa.Tech program, held on October 26-31, targeting training female artisans on social media marketing skills.






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