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    New ICT Projects Inaugurated in Red Sea Governorate

    The Red Sea, 27 December 2008

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Red Sea Governor General Mohamed Magdy Kobeicy inaugurated today a number of new projects in the fields of information and communications technology (ICT) and post in the governorate.
     
    Dr. Kamel and Governor Kobeicy began their inaugural tour by meeting the public and executive leadership of Red Sea governorate.

    Minister Kamel and Governor Kobeicy, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Besheir, inaugurated the Red Sea Digital Exchanges Center in Al-Dahar after being re-modeled and upgraded. The center's total capacity now reaches 24,680 lines with a total investment cost of LE 75 million. The center is now ready to receive the public's requests. 

    A total of 22 exchange centers are available in the Red Sea, serving 55,655 subscribers, with a total line capacity amounting to 87,890. Meanwhile, the phone density of the center reached %18.9.

    Also 1,790 public phones, 25 communication centers and offices in addition to private ones currently serve the governorate residents and visitors.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and General Kobeicy commenced the customer service center and the annexed administrative building for the Hurghada phone section after being renovated and upgraded with an average total cost of one million pounds. The center offers several services to the public like phone bill inquiries, fees collection and pin code provision in addition to managing customers' accounts. TE Data and Vodafone Egypt provide their diverse services through the center.

    The governorate’s future plan for developing its communications projects include an increase in the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the increasing need. In addition, the plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers the Red Sea through seven base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 4900 line-capacity. More than 2,000 lines have been delivered via the network so far.

    The landline service delivery is underway for remote subscribers and hard-to-reach areas through ground networks.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in the Red Sea from October 1999-end of October 2008 accounts for about LE 130 million.

    Separately, Dr. Kamel, General Kobeicy and Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated the Central Hurghada Post Office after being upgrade and equipped with computers to offer silver and golden savings accounts, money orders, net courier, checks, express mail, IPS and pension cashing.

    Minister Kamel and Governor Kobeicy also commenced the Future Post Office, a new office established based on state-of-the-art systems and linked to the electronic Egypt Post network.

    The office offers all financial and social services, express mail and electronic tracking services via the IPS system. The two offices operate on morning and evening shifts seven days a week.

    A total of 27 post offices are now available in the Red Sea; about half of which operate on evening shifts to meet the different citizens' needs, especially at the time of pensions’ cashing.

    The governorate also has post agencies and public offices. The Red Sea post offices have about 90,000 savings accounts. The offices offer cash pension services to more than 3,600 beneficiaries.

    Meanwhile, Minister Kamel and Governor Kobeicy, accompanied by Senior Advisor to CIT Minister on Human Resources Development and Training Dr. Ekram Fathy, commenced the new IT Club at Hurghada Cultural Palace. The club is equipped with 20 computers connected to high-speed internet. Total number of IT clubs in the Red now accounts 25 clubs with a total of 279 computers. It has been planned to establish five new IT clubs which will include 60 other computers.

    In a separate development, Dr. Kamel and General Kobeicy inaugurated the second phase of the Information Network Project of General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce at the Red Sea Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Hisham El-Deeb, supervisor of Information Infrastructure Division at Ministry of Communications and IT, Mr. Mohamed El-Masry, Chairman of the General Federation of Commerce Chambers, Mr. Sidi Ahmed Ibrahim, Chairman of the Red Sea Commerce Chamber and a number of senior officials from Chamber and MCIT witnessed the inauguration.

    The project aims at extracting economic indicators, empowering the trade sector, enhancing the competitive edge of Egyptian trade companies, building up e-commerce and developing the efficiency of the public trade management through investment development.

    Such targets can be achieved by facilitating accurate and sufficient data within the spectrum of the commerce chambers operations to support decision makers via an integrated information system.

    The project serves about 2.4 million merchants nationwide, 25,000 of whom are in the Red Sea.

    MCIT has equipped the chambers of commerce allover Egypt with the necessary technological infrastructure; namely servers, computers and their accessories, internet connection together with the development of efficient systems and applications for offering the commerce chambers' services effectively to the trade community.

    MCIT have also developed the federation's portal, enabling it to avail the required info to boost trade exchange operations, whether on the local, regional or international levels.
    In June 2007, phase II of the project kicked off following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between MCIT and the federation and Commercial Information Center (CIC).

    Dr. Kamel and General Kobeicy concluded their inaugural tour by commencing the Hurghada General Hospital information center as a trial model for the Hospitals’ Information Network Project. The project applies financial and administrative systems at the Red Sea hospital to optimize management operations and procedures.

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

    Additionally, the information center also provides training services to medical staff together with distance diagnostic and treatment services through he utilization of state-of-the art communications technology.

    The project was first kicked off in July 2008. It covers 700 hospitals nationwide at a total 50-million pound cost.

    The network is being carried out over three years. It is currently applied in 14 hospitals in Cairo, Giza, Beni Swaif, Fayoum, Assuit, the Red Sea, Suez, Beheira and Luxor to act as instructional models. Phase I of the project will be finalized by end of next year to include 250 hospitals.  

    The project, implemented collaboratively between MCIT and Ministry of Health and Population, aims at developing health-care services in all parts of Egypt.


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