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    New ICT Projects Launched in Ismailia

    Cairo, 23 March 2004

    Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Communications and Information Technology and General Fouad Saad El Din, Governor of Ismailia, inaugurated today several ICT projects of benefit to the peoples of the Governorate.

    Accompanied by Eng. Akil Beshir, Chairman of Telecom Egypt, the officials inaugurated six new telephone exchanges with total capacity amounting to 45,000 lines and investment costs amounting to LE 36 million. This new development resulted in the major development and boost of the telecom services in the Governorate; making all exchanges open for immediate contracting & installations.

    Currently Isamilia’s 32 exchanges offer 210,000 lines; with a tele-density 15.1% compared with 8.1% in 1999. Future plans by 2006 aim at adding 45,000 new lines with investment costs reaching LE100 million.

    Chairman of the Egyptian National Postal Organization, Dr. Ali El Moselhy, welcomed the officials to Quantara Sharq exemplary Post Office. This new service-oriented outlet aims to be a center for concluding day-to-day business activities. Currently, along with the regular postal and financial services offered at the offices, telephone bills can be settled; and in the very near future, the outlets will offer similar services for other utility bills and many government services as well.

    In efforts to bring technology closer to the people, four Information Technology Clubs were inaugurated as well; making the total number of Clubs in Ismailia 11, and in the near future the number will increase to 31 making 393 PCs available for the citizens of the Governorate. The ITCs project is part of the Human Recourses Development Program at the Ministry. The primary function of the clubs is to address young people, including children with a message on IT and its role in shaping the life and relationships of all peoples, and in promoting creativity and competitiveness among the new generations.

    In this endeavor, the MCIT collaborates closely with the Ministries of Youth, Higher Education, Culture, Information, Education, and with NGOs, local governments and private-sector enterprises in the creation of the ITCs and in the dissemination of IT culture among all segments of the society.

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