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    ICT Minister Actively Partakes in ITU Council 2018 Session

    Geneva, 21 April 2018

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady has met with the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao, on the sidelines of his participation at the ITU Council 2018 Session, held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva.

    The meeting discussed Egypt's preparations for hosting the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19), in accordance with the report of the ITU delegation which visited Sharm El-Sheikh in January to make sure of Egypt's readiness to host this key event, being one of the largest international conferences, attended by around 3000 participants from all over the world.

    ElKady also reviewed the Egyptian visions on the topics due to be presented at the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP18) in October in Dubai. For his part, Zaou expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Egyptian Government in preparation for hosting the WRC-19, highlighting the significance of the Egyptian participation in the coming ITU Telecom World, held in South Africa.

    The Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations Office and the Egyptian delegation have organized a reception for all participants at the Council's Session, aiming at promoting Egypt's candidature for the membership of the ITU Council for the African Region. In addition, Sayed Azzouz was nominated to the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) membership. The ICT Minister delivered a word, in which he welcomed and thanked participants for their support to Egypt to host the WRC-19, urging them to support the Egyptian Government nominations.

    The Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations Office at Geneva Ambassador Alaa Youssef delivered a welcome speech, expressing Egypt's interest in participating in all the activities of the United Nations agencies, due to the pivotal role played by the United Nations.

    The ICT Minister held a number of bilateral meetings where he met with Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira. The meeting discussed a number of topics due to be presented at the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP18), the most important of which are the international telecommunication regulations, enhancing ITU financial resources, promoting the role of the ITU regional offices, Over the top (OTT) services, and the Egyptian nominations for the elections that will be held within the framework of the Conference.

    ElKady also met with the Deputy Ministers of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Rashid Ismailov and Dmitry Alkhazov, discussing several key topics in the field of international communications and Egyptís hosting for WRC-19.

    The ICT Minister also met with Burkina Faso's Minister of Development of Digital Economy and Posts Fatimata Sanon, where the meeting discussed the necessity of enhancing joint cooperation in the fields related to ICT issues in light of the depth of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

    Sanon expressed her appreciation for Egypt's significant role within the ITU, being an important member at ITU and for having a pivotal role in addressing the issues of developing countries and African countries. She expressed its willingness to cooperate in the development of telecommunications infrastructure in Burkina Faso. For his part, ElKady welcomed the joint cooperation and the provision of Egyptian expertise in this regard. He invited her to visit Egypt to get acquainted with the Egyptian ICT projects and to agree on a joint cooperation program.

    On the sidelines of his participation in the e-Commerce Week, held by UNCTAD in Geneva and the high-level session organized by UNCTAD to present the national e-commerce strategy, ElKady met with MasterCard's President of MEA Raghu Malhotra and MasterCard Division President of MENA Khalid Elgibali.

    MasterCardís officials reviewed the possibility of transferring the company's expertise and technologies in the field of building an integrated digital system based on artificial intelligence technology and the possibility of establishing a specialized platform to provide innovative technological solutions to provide more services to citizens. Both officials affirmed their commitment to participate in the implementation of the e-Commerce National Strategy projects, especially those related to e-payments.

    He also met with a number of officials from DHL International and DHL Egypt. The company's officials reviewed their vision of developing e-commerce-related logistics services in Egypt through benefiting from the company's current projects, implemented in many countries around the world. These projects include systems related to customs procedures and facilitating these procedures for companies and consumers, and how to implement the one-stop system and develop systems that provide information about the goods before their arrival to customs. They also discussed the latest projects currently implemented for e-commerce service; namely, Mobile van, which the company intends to deploy in a number of governorates of the Republic.

    The ICT Minister called on the company's officials to apply the Mobile Van model in the technology parks in several governorates. MasterCard officials also expressed their companyís readiness to cooperate with Egypt and support it in implementing the e-Commerce Strategy and transferring expertise and experiences of other countries.

    ElKady also held a meeting with Martin Molinovo, Senior Advisor for trade and investment at the World Bank, where he hailed Egypt's e-Commerce Strategy, highlighting that Egypt has great opportunities in this field, however, there are challenges that needs to be overcome.

    The ICT Minister hailed the fruitful cooperation between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and its affiliates, and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He referred to his wish to benefit from the technical expertise of the World Bank to implement the e-Commerce Strategy and the ICT sector strategy, especially in the project of establishing a mechanism for resolving online disputes that may arise between consumers and businesses to protect consumers and encourage Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to shift from traditional to online sales.






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