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    During ‘Transform Africa Summit’, ICT Minister Reviews Egypt Vision for Africa Single Digital Market

    Kigali, 9 May 2018

    During his participation at Transform Africa Summit 2018, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady has reviewed Egypt's vision for creating a single digital market for Africa through adopting a number of policies related to developing and securing telecommunications infrastructure, providing trained human calibers, developing legal frameworks and creating a conducive environment for investment.

    Held on May 8-10, in Kigali, Rwanda, under the theme “Accelerating Africa’s Single Digital Market”, the Summit was inaugurated by the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, in the presence of the representatives of the participating countries and the CEO of the Summit’s initiative Hamdoun Touria, discussing the key pillars for creating a single digital market for Africa.

    The Egyptian vision towards the transition to a single digital market for Africa aims to develop a systematic framework that promotes the transition to the digital economy to develop the future of the African continent. This will be attained through the expansion of digital industries and the development of regulatory frameworks for digital projects, in addition to developing programs for enhancing national calibers in ICT fields, facilitating project financing, maximizing investment, and promoting the digital market.

    These objectives will be achieved through consolidating African countries' resources, sharing knowledge and experience and implementing the projects that support the transition to a digital society in accordance with the principle of Public-Private Partnership (PPP), taking into account the harmonization of ICT policies and regulatory frameworks among African countries.

    The Egyptian vision also focuses on the IT role as an enabling tool for the growth of emerging economies. It focuses, also, on providing digital technologies and optimizing the African continent's resources to build its digital economy, which requires concerted efforts to overcome the challenges facing the continent in bridging the digital divide. This is in addition to providing digital financial services within the framework of the African development plan 2063 adopted by African Heads of State, which emphasizes the significance of relying on self-financing for the continent’s development projects.

    In a related context, ElKady participated, on behalf of the President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at the sixth meeting of the Board of Directors of Smart Africa Initiative, headed by President of Rwanda Paul Kagame. The Board of Directors consists of the presidents of the Initiative’s Member States and their representatives. It meets annually to review the plan of the previous year and agree on projects and future steps needed to achieve the objectives of the Initiative.

    The meeting tackled a number of issues related to promoting cooperation among African countries in the field of telecommunications infrastructure and plans to expand the deployment of smart cities in Africa by highlighting the experience of Egypt, Rwanda and Senegal. This is in addition to exploring means to invest in ICT areas in Africa during the China-Africa Summit and EU-Africa Summit, and discussing the most important initiatives aimed at maximizing the resources of the African continent.

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