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    New CIT Projects Inaugurated in Alexandria

    Alexandria, 24 July 2006

    A number of new Communications and Information Technology projects in the Governorate of Alexandria were officially inaugurated by Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology and General Mohamed Abdel Salam Al Mahgoub, Governor of Alexandria. Both Officials held a meeting with political, social and executive leaders of Alexandria.

    During the meeting, Dr. Kamel shared the recent progress taking place in the local ICT industry, stressing on efforts presently taking place to spread the use and services of ICTs nationwide; and ones in the field of human resources development and training. His speech was followed by presentations by Eng. Akil Beshir, Chairman of Telecom, Eng. Alaa Fahmy, Chairman Egypt Post, and Dr. Ikram Fathy, Chief Advisor to the Minister for Human Resources Development and Training: on work progress in Alexandria.

    Dr. Kamel and General Mahgoub started their field tour by inaugurating the ‘Awayed Central 2. ‘Awayed 2 handles a total of 30 thousand lines, at an investment cost of LE 50 million. 14676 subscribers from ‘Awayed Central 1 will be moved over to ‘Awayed 2, thus fulfilling all current requests and accepting requests for new, instant line installations. With the opening of this new central exchange, the total number of exchanges in Alexandria has reached 52, handling 1,156,000 lines with 988,000 subscribers. Fixed line penetration in Alexandria has increased to 25.5%, the number of public payphone cabins has increased to 7,960.

    Afterwards Dr. Kamel and General Mahgoub attended the opening ceremony of the Attarein Post Office after a its modernization. Attarein Post Office serves an average of one hundred thousand people and provides an array of financial and postal services such as; debit accounts (there are 60776 current accounts), regular mail, Express Post, and pension collection and delivery.

    Together, the Minister and the Governor attended the opening ceremony of the Gheit El ‘Enab Information Technology Club. This brings the total number of Information Technology Clubs currently offering services to 67 clubs with 997 work stations. Twenty more technology clubs are under construction, they will provide 247 work stations. There are plans for a further 11 that will provide 138 work stations. This will bring the total in the governorate of Alexandria up to 99 clubs providing 1382 work stations. Their Excellencies also visited the Techno Kids Training Center in Smouha.

    During his tour, Dr. Kamel conducted his annual visit to the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; during his meeting with the Chamber members, a cooperation agreement was signed outlining the continued support of the Ministry to the Chamber in the fields of human development and training. It included the following elements:

    • New information technology clubs will be established.

    • Cooperation in the field of basic information technology training was outlined.

    • The Ministry will continue its participation in supporting testing at the Chamber of Commerce for the International Computer Driving License (ICDL).

    • The Ministry will renew its contract with the Information Technology Institute for the training courses offered to information technology specialists.

    • The Ministry will support the automation of the new ‘Amreyya Market and the creation of a link between it and the Chamber of Commerce.

    • Finally, the Ministry will supply the Chamber with computers for its premises in Smouha and the service center that is under construction linking both with the Chamber headquarters.

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