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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates New ICT and Post Projects in Assiut

    Assiut, 21 January 2009

    ITI New Branch in Assiut Inaugurated

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Assiut Governor General Nabil El-Ezaby inaugurated Wednesday a number of new projects in the fields of information and communications technology (ICT) and post in the governorate.

    Dr. Kamel and General El-Ezaby began their inaugural tour by meeting the public and executive leaderships of Assiut governorate at the municipality premises.

    Dr. Kamel and General El-Ezaby commenced the new Information Technology Institute (ITI) branch in Assiut, which came as part of the ITI's model of spreading across Egypt, mainly in Cairo, Alexandria, El-Mansoura and finally Assiut. ITI is an affiliate of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

    Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Hani Helal, Assiut University President Dr. Mostafa Kamal and ITI Chairman Dr. Mohamed Salem witnessed the inauguration of the ITI branch.

    Minister Kamel, along with Dr. Salem, announced during the event a new cooperation program between MCIT and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Based on the program, ITI will collaborate with Assiut University in designing the training program it will supervise in the new branch. The program aims at offering training opportunities for the final academic year students in all colleges at the university.

    The ITI Assiut branch is featured by being an IT center of excellence in Upper Egyptian governorates in general and in Assiut in specific. The center complements the role the ITI plays in developing human resources by offering training to distinguished fresh graduates in the South.

    It provides professional training programs that contribute to building the ICT industry in Egypt and facilitate hundreds of distinguished job opportunities in such a vital field, whether inside Egypt or abroad.

    The new branch is an output of the MCIT's efforts in spreading the IT culture outside the capital. It effectively adds to the process of changing the technological map in Upper Egypt.

    The branch activities include training of the trainer and professional training courses. It offers professional training programs for university graduates to meet the needs of the ICT industry. The programs will be provided in cooperation with Assiut and Sohag universities. In addition to offering training to the universities' teaching staff, ITI provides 100 scholarships to the distinguished graduates.

    Several other projects have been undertaken cooperatively with ITI, one of which is the automation of the Assiut university student hostel.

    Separately, Dr. Helal and Dr. Kamel witnessed, in the presence of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) CEO Dr. Hazem Abdelazim, the signing of a cooperation protocol between ITIDA and Assiut University on establishing a center for technology incubation at the university.

    The center aims at supporting innovators and start-up companies and increasing their competitive edge in local and international markets. Another purpose is to boost small and medium sized enterprises, which primarily begin as graduation projects in universities in Upper Egypt.

    Based on the protocol, successful projects and start-up companies will be incubated and supplied with the required financial and technical support, advanced tools and equipment and consultancy services in different fields.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and General El-Ezaby, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Besheir, inaugurated Al-Fath Digital Exchanges Center after being modeled and upgraded.

    The center's capacity has reached 9376 lines at a total investment cost of LE 28 million. The center is now ready to receive the public's requests.  Dr. Kamel and General El-Ezaby also inaugurated the annexed customer service center after being upgraded to offer several services 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 citizens' increasing needs. The plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers Assiut through 11 base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 24111 line-capacity.

    The landline service delivery is currently underway to more than 20450 subscribers. The delivery for remote subscribers that are hard to reach through ground networks is also in progress.

    Investments in Assiut's telecom infrastructure during the time from October 1999 (when MCIT was established) and October 2008 account for about LE 470 million. A total of 88 exchanges centers are available in Assiut, serving 318425 subscribers, with a total line capacity amounting to 393825. The phone density in the governorate reached 8.9%. 2300 public phones, 83 communication centers and offices plus the private ones currently serve the governorate residents.

    In a separate development, Dr. Kamel, General El-Ezaby along with Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated Mubarak City Post Office after being renovated and linked to the electronic network of Egypt's Post.

    The office, equipped with computers, offers all financial and social services like express mail and electronic tracking via IPS system, current and saving account services, money orders, packages and check and pension cashing. It operates on morning and evening shifts.

    A total of 188 post offices are available in Assiut, serving 3.5 million citizens. Assiut's post offices have more than 600.000 saving accounts. The offices offer cash pension services to more than 238.000 beneficiaries, 46.000 of them receive the social solidarity pension. Pensions are being delivered to the homes of 1000 people.

    Assiut is one of the oldest post zones in Egypt where the first post office was established in 1866.

    Meanwhile, the upgraded Corporeal Agricultural Land Registry Administration in Manfalout city in Assiut was inaugurated by Minister Kamel and General El-Ezaby, together with First Deputy to CIT Minister Dr. Hoda Baraka, Deputy Minister of Justice for Real Estate Registry and Notarization Affairs Dr. Mohamed Hosni and Egyptian General Survey Authority Chairman Eng. Mohamed Abdellatif.

    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 Automation project, which includes seven regional information centers in Assiut, Kafr El-Sheikh, Damietta, El-Menia, Giza, Al-Sharkia and Al-Beheira governorates.

    The automation project goes in line with the government's keenness to raising the performance of governmental entities through developing administrative services and working methods. Agricultural corporeal land registry services will be offered to citizens through the one-stop shop principle to save their time and effort.  

    The third phase of the project encompasses the establishment of seven information centers to serve the 19 governorates where corporeal land registry system is applied. In addition to the seven governorates, the services are offered in Al-Kalyoubiya, Sohag, Beni Suef, Ismalia, Al-Gharbia, Al-Fayoum, Kena, Aswan, Al-Dakahlia, Al-Menofia, Suez and Port Said.  

    Building 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 the building of 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 2009.

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

    Also Wednesday, Minister Kamel and Governor El-Ezaby commenced Manfalout notarization office. The office implementation kicked off in April 2006 at a 20 million-pound total cost, after the success of the pilot project in four offices. The four notarization offices of Al-Azbakiya, Kasr El-Nil, Al-Zaytoun and Ismalia Courts Complex were automated, beginning their operations in October 2004.

    The commencement comes 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 the employees of the real estate registry and notarization offices and developing the work system inside the offices nationwide via ICT usage.

    The project includes the foundation of a central information center for the Real Estate Registry and Notarization Authority and a data warehouse inside it. It also encompasses the automation of 50 notarization offices across Egypt, the development of registry and survey applications through the internet and the provision of services online. It has integrated with the corporeal land registry automation, the national ID and the e-government projects. 

    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.

    Dr. Kamel and General El-Ezaby concluded the inaugural tour by inaugurating information center at Assiut Public Hospital as a pilot model for the Hospitalsí Information Network Project. The pilot applies financial and administrative systems at the 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 provides training services to medical staff together with distance diagnostic and treatment services through the utilization of state-of-the art communication technologies.

    The project first kicked off in July 2008. It costs LE 50 million and covers 700 hospitals nationwide.

    The network is being carried out over three years. It is underway in 14 hospitals in Cairo, Giza, Beni Suef, Fayoum, Assiut, 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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