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    New ICT Projects Inaugurated in Beni Suef

    Beni Suef, 4 January 2009

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Beni Suef Governor Dr. Ezzat Abdullah Ahmed 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. Ahmed began their inaugural tour by meeting the public and the executive leaderships of Beni Suef governorate at the municipality premises.

    Dr. Kamel and Dr. Ahmed, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Besheir, inaugurated Al-Maymoun Digital Exchanges Center in Al-Wasti town after being re-modeled and upgraded.

    The center's capacity has reached 4,425 lines with a total investment cost of LE 15 million. The center is now ready to receive the public's requests. 

    Dr. Kamel and Dr. Ahmed also commenced the customer service center at Al-Wasti exchanges center after being upgraded at a L.E. 750,000 cost. The center offers several services to the public such as phone bill inquiries, fees collection and pin code provision in addition to managing customers' accounts.

    The governorateís future plan for developing its communication projects includes raising the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the increasing need. The plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers Beni Suef through seven base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 15,350 line-capacity.

    More than 140,000 lines have been delivered via the network so far. The landline service delivery is underway for remote subscribers and areas that are hard to reach through ground networks.

    The investments in telecom infrastructure in Beni Suef during the time between October 1999 - October 2008 accounts for about LE 232 million.

    A total of 40 exchanges centers are available in the Beni Sueif, serving 2,012,005 subscribers, with a total line capacity amounting to 229,605. The phone density in the governorate reached 8.6%.

    Also 550 public phones, 140 communication centers and offices plus the private ones currently serve the governorate residents.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and Dr. Ahmed and Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated Beni Suef-East and Beni Suef Al-Gadeeda Post Offices after being upgraded and linked to the electronic network of Egypt's Post.

    The two offices offer all financial and social services like express mail and electronic tracking via the IPS system. They provide a variety of postal and financial services for citizens after being equipped with computers including current and savings account services, money orders, packages and check and pension cashing. The two offices operate on morning and evening shifts.

    Meanwhile, Minister Kamel and Governor Ahmed, accompanied by Senior Advisor to CIT Minister on Human Resources Development and Training Dr. Ekram Fathy, commenced the new IT Club at the Central Library in Beni Suef. The club has been supplied with 15 computers connected to high-speed internet.

    The total number of IT clubs in Beni Sueif now accounts for 59 clubs with a total of 597 computers. It has been planned to establish seven new IT clubs which will include 84 other computers.

    In a separate development, Dr. Kamel, Dr. Ahmed together with Dr. Mohamed El-Masry, Chairman of General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and Dr. Ragaei Abdel-Fatah, Chairman of Beni Suef Chamber of Commerce, inaugurated the second phase of the Information Network Project of General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce at the Beni Suef chamber. Senior officials from Ministry of Communications and Information Technology witnessed the inauguration.

    The project aims at extracting economic indicators, empowering the trade sector, enhancing the competitive edge of Egyptian trade companies, 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 operations of the commerce chambers to support decision makers via an integrated information system.

    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 that will facilitate trade service delivery. The project links all 26 commerce chambers in Egypt to an integrated network.

    Additionally, MCIT have also developed the federation's portal, enabling it to avail information necessary to facilitate and optimize trade exchange operations, whether on the local, regional or international levels. MCIT also offers training for the chambers' members.

    In June 2007, phase II of the project kicked off following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed among MCIT, the federation and Commercial Information Center (CIC).

    Dr. Kamel and Dr. Ahmed concluded the inaugural tour by inaugurating Beni Suef General Hospital information center as a pilot model for the Hospitalsí Information Network Project. The pilot applies financial and administrative systems at Beni Suef hospital to optimize management operations and procedures.

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

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

    The project was first kicked off in July 2008. It covers 700 hospitals nationwide with a total cost of L.E. 50 Mn.

    The network is being carried out over three years. It is currently applied in 14 hospitals in Cairo, Giza, Beni Suef, Fayoum, Assuit, the Red Sea, Suez, 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, implemented jointly between MCIT and Ministry of Health and Population, aims at developing health-care services nationwide.

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