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    New ICT and Post Projects Inaugurated in Damietta

    Damietta, 17 May 2009

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel and Damietta Governor Dr. Mohamed Fathi Al-Baradei inaugurated today a number of new projects in the fields of information and communications technology (ICT) and post in the governorate.

    Dr. Kamel and Dr. Al-Baradei began their inaugural tour by meeting the public and executive leaderships of Damietta at the municipality premises.

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel and Dr. Al-Baradei, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir, inaugurated the main Damietta Exchanges Center. The center includes 60,000 lines. A total of 15,000 lines have been replaced with advanced devices conforming to state-of-the-art communication systems.

    Minister Kamel and Governor Al-Baradei commenced the customer service center annexed to the exchanges center. They also inaugurated another customer service center in Ras Al-Bar area. The renovation of the two centers cost about LE 2.1 million.

    The two centers have been upgraded and modeled to offer the public a variety of services like including local and direct phone calls, phone bill inquiries and collection, fax, telegraph, selling prepaid phone cards and pin code provision in addition to managing customers' accounts. TE Data and Vodafone Egypt provide diverse services through the center.

    The future plan for developing telecom projects in Damietta includes an increase in the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the growing need of the governorate. In addition, the plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers the Damietta through three base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 3900 line-capacity.

    The landline service has been delivered to more than 2705 subscribers so far. The service delivery is underway for remote areas where it is hard to install ground networks.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in Damietta during the time from October 1999–October 2008 account for about LE169  million. A total of 27 exchanges centers are available in Damietta serving 231026  subscribers with a 271111–line capacity.

    The phone density in the governorate reached 20.2%. 1532 public phones, 33 communication centers and offices besides the private ones currently serve the governorate inhabitants.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and Dr. Baradei, accompanied by Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated Ras Al-Bar Post Office after being upgraded.

    Established in 1960, the office offers all modern financial and postal services like immediate money orders, saving accounts, current golden and silver accounts and international express mail. The office has the saving accounts of over 5000 clients. More than 1000 retirees receive their pensions from the Damietta post office.

    Damietta postal zone encompasses 53 post offices, 32 of them linked to the electronic network of Egypt Post. Nine offices offer services through the one-stop shop system. Four offices work on evening shifts.

    Separately, Minister Kamel and Governor Al-Baradei, together with Senior Advisor to Communications and IT Minister for Human Resource Development and Training Dr. Ekram Fathy, commenced an IT Club at the Women and Development Center. The club has been supplied with 19 computers connected to high-speed internet.

    The total number of IT clubs has now reached 38 with a total of 491 computers. It has been planned to establish another six clubs.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Kamel, Dr. Al-Baradei and Dr. Mohamed Hosni, First Deputy to Minister of Justice for Real Estate Registry and Noritization, Eng. Mohamed Abdel-Latif, Chairman of Egyptian General Survey Authority, commenced the upgraded Corporeal Registry Administration in Damietta. The automated work cycle inside the upgraded administration was presented during the inauguration.

    The upgraded administration is part of the second phase of the Corporeal Agricultural Land Registry Authentication project, which includes seven regional information centers in Assuit, Kafr El-Sheikh, Damietta, El-Menya, Giza, Al-Sharkia and Al-Beheira governorates.

    The authentication project goes in line with the government's keenness to raise performance of governmental organizations through developing automated administrative services and work methodology. Agricultural corporeal land registry services will be offered through the one-stop shop principle to save the citizens' time and effort.  

    The third phase of the project encompasses the establishment of seven information centers to serve the 19 governorates where the corporeal land registry system has been applied.

    In addition to the seven governorates, the services are offered in Al-Kalyoubiya, Sohag, Beni Sueif, Ismalia, Al-Gharbia, Al-Fayoum, Kena, Aswan, Al-Dakahlia, Al-Menofia, Suez and Port Said.  

    A database for five million agricultural land documents and another for agricultural cadastre of 138,000 digitized maps nationwide have been finalized. 

    The project scope comprises building a unified database for the corporeal land registry as well as developing all corporeal land registry offices and cadastral administrations in all governorates. It embraces the foundation of two corporeal land registry administrations and two engineering offices in each governorate. The project's all phases will be finalized by the end of 2010.

    In 2004, Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif had assigned Ministers of Communications and IT, Water Resources and Irrigation and Justice to carry out the national project for agricultural corporeal land registry authentication.

    In a similar development, Dr. Kamel and Dr. Al-Baradei inaugurated Kafr Saad Notarization office. The commencement came within the framework of a protocol signed between MCIT and Ministry of Justice in 2002.

    The project aims at raising the quality of services offered to citizens, preserving possessions and securing documents, enhancing the investment climate, boosting the performance of employees of the real estate registry and notarization offices and optimizing the work system inside the offices nationwide via ICT usage.

    The project includes the foundation of a central information center for Real Estate Registry and Authentication Authority and a data warehouse inside it.

    The project also encompasses the automation of 50 authentication offices across Egypt, the development of registry and survey applications through the internet and the provision of services online. It has been integrated with the corporeal land registry automation, the national ID and the e-government projects. 

    Another 50 offices will be automated within two years. Two more information centers in Assuit and Alexandria governorates will be established in addition to the central one in Okasha.

    The project offered specialized Egyptian companies the opportunity to gain more experience through working on it, having a presence in regional and international markets, exporting their acquired knowledge and carrying out similar projects in other countries by Egyptian calibers.

    Minister Kamel and Governor Al-Baradei concluded the inaugural tour by commencing the information center at Damietta Public Hospital as pilot model for the Hospitals Information Systems Project. The same project had earlier been inaugurated in Hurgada, Beni Sueif and Assuit public hospitals.

    The purpose of the project is to connect public hospitals with the health information center for building a database for health indicators.

    Additionally, the information center offers training to medical staff as well as distance diagnostic and treatment services through the utilization of state-of-the art communications technologies.

    The project first kicked off in July 2008, costing LE 50 million for 700 hospitals nationwide.

    The network is being carried out over three years. It is underway in 14 hospitals in Cairo, Giza, Beni Sueif, Al-Fayoum, Assuit, the Red Sea, Suez, Al-Beheira and Luxor to act as instructional models.

    Phase I of the project is to be finalized by end of next year to include 250 hospitals. The project is implemented jointly between MCIT and Ministry of Health and Population based on a protocol signed between the two parties.

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