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    Commencement of New ICT Projects in Alexandria

    Cairo, 24 July 2005

    Dr. Tarek Kamel, minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Abd El Salam El Mahgoub, governor of Alexandria, inaugurated several projects in the field of communications and information technology in the governorate of Alexandria. Dr. Kamel and Governor El Mahgoub met with the civil and executional leaders of Alexandria at the governorate offices. During the meeting, Eng. Akil Bashir, chairman of Telecom Egypt, introduced the status of the telephonic services in Alexandria, followed by an elaboration on the status of postal services in Alexandria by Dr. Ali Al Museilhy, chairman of the National Postal Authority.

    Dr. Kamel and Governor El Mahgoub then took off on an exploratory tour of the city accompanied by Eng. Bashir, where they inaugurated a new division at the Sidi Gaber El Sheikh phone exchange. With the opening of the new division, the number of phone exchanges operating and providing telephonic services in Alexandria mounts to 49,containing more than a million telephone lines and 944,000 members. The telephonic density of the governorate also reached 25% and the public service cabins reached a number of 8405, 52 communication offices and centers, in addition to agent offices available throughout the governorate.

    Following the tour, Dr. Kamel and Governor El Mahgoub accompanied by Dr. Ali Al Museilhy, chairman of the National Postal Authority, inaugurated the Sidi Gaber post office on the Horeya Road, which is considered one of the largest offices in Alexandria. With an area of 185 m2, and through its ten service windows, the office offers advanced monetary and postal services to the public like phone bill collection services, Net courier service, current accounts with daily incentives (golden and silver), collection service of enforced insurance policies (car licensing), collection service of car licensing fees, current accounts with changing incentives in collaboration with the Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt, as well as document copying services for the public, collection of post boxes charges, computer document typing and printing services using. The office includes 20 employees, and it has been added to the list of night shift offices to meet customers’ needs, especially during the pension season.

    The office has also been equipped with an ATM machine, nine computers and four printers. It is worth mentioning that the postal area of Alexandria enjoys a total of 104 governmental post offices, 209 postal agencies of which 58 offices have been chosen for night shift operation to serve customers’ needs, especially during the pension season.

    Dr. Kamel, accompanied by the Governor, inaugurated also the “PC for Every Home” exhibition in Alexandria, being held at San Marc College in Shatby for 6 days. Participants in the exhibition represent ten of 22 dedicated companies from the “Computer for Every Home” initiative, represented by 500 distributors spread around Egypt in collaboration with Telecom Egypt, Misr Bank and National Egyptian Bank. This opening of the exhibition comes in response to the large public awareness and interest that became evident during the visits of the technology caravans to governorates of Bani Sweif, Minya, Kena, Aswan, Luxor City, Ismailia and Sharqueya. Throughout these tours, exhibits of the “Computer for Every Home” initiative have also been held in the governorates of Bani Sweif, Minya, Kena and Aswan pivoting from the keenness of these companies to reach customers everywhere in Egypt with their distinguished products and to refresh its sales in al of Alexandria’s governorates.

    The “PC for Every Home” initiative was announced in November 2002, and it has achieved sales of more than 112,000 computer unit since its start. Its monthly sales rate has exceeded 4800 computers and sales figures are forecasted to double throughout the coming year.

    In the field of information technology’s public awareness efforts, Dr. Kamel and the governor inaugurated the Information Technology Club at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, which increased the total number of functioning IT clubs in Alexandria to 77 clubs providing services to users, with a total of 1063 computers in addition to 27 additional clubs currently under construction to be inaugurated consequently to provide 367 computers.

    In process is the execution of 12 other clubs in the governorate to supply 224 computers, adding up to a total of 116 clubs and 1674 computers in Alexandria.

    This comes under the context of executing the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s plan to spread the communication awareness and technological knowledge among youth and adults, improve their skills and train them on the latest information programs through presenting computers and internet networks to all social groups in cities and centers at subsidized prices while concentrating on deprived areas. These efforts are being executed in collaboration with youth centers, public libraries, NGOs, culture houses, schools and universities.

    Rounding up the tour was a visit to the Egyptian Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Alexandria to celebrate the graduation of a class of International Computer License (ICDL) program students.

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