Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will partake in the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) 2017 that will be organized on March 7 - 9, New Delhi, India. ICEGOV 2017 will be organized by the United Nations University-Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) and India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology-National e-Governance Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
ICEGOV will focus on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses and civil society. The program will include several sessions, covering a number of topics including making life easier for citizens and businesses; the role of co-decision in administrative modernization and public sector innovation; political priorities and administrative performance. This is in addition to discussing implementing sustainable development goals with digital government; building digital government capabilities for sustainable development goals; and democratic aspects of digital government for human rights.
During ICEGOV, Egypt’s ICT Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer will take part as a speaker in a plenary session held by UNESCO, on March 7, within the framework of the Information for All Program (IFAP), under the theme “Making Empowerment a Reality – Accessibility for All”. A number of speakers from other organizations, including India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the National Association of Software Companies (NASSCOM) IBM and UNESCO will take part in the session as well.
The session will provide space for open consultations and encourage constructive dialogue on the theme of information accessibility, with a special focus on access to information and knowledge using accessible and inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
The session also aims to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to an urgent need to mainstream accessibility of ICTs for PwDs in the post-2015 development agenda. Furthermore, the plenary session will build synergies and contribute to the ongoing discussions of the new IFAP strategy.