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    New ICT Post Projects Inaugurated in South Sinai

    Altour, 8 March 2009

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel and South Sinai Governor General Mohamed Hani Metwali inaugurated today a number of new projects in the fields of information and communication technology (ICT) and post in the governorate.

    Dr. Kamel and General Metwali began their inaugural tour by meeting the public and executive leaderships of South Sinai at the municipality premises.

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel and General Metwali, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir, inaugurated the customer service office at Altour Exchanges Center after being upgraded. The office upgrade cost about one million pounds. They also commenced Al-Manshia Communication Center in South Sinai's Altour city after being renovated and upgraded at an estimated cost of LE 250,000. 

    The office and the center offer a variety of services to the public 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.

    The future plan for developing telecom projects in South Sinai will focus on raising the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the increasing need of the governorate. The plan also involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers South Sinai through four base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 1505 line-capacity. The landline service has been delivered to more than 650 subscribers so far. The service delivery to subscribers in remote areas where it is hard to install ground networks is underway.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in South Sinai from October 1999 to end of 2008 account for about LE 47.5 million pounds.

    A total of 19 exchanges centers are available in South Sinai serving 23328 subscribers with a 50620–line capacity.

    The phone density in the governorate reached 13%. In addition, 858 public phones, 87 communication centers and offices other than the private ones currently serve the governorate inhabitants.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and General Metwali accompanied by Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated Altour Post Office after being upgraded and linked to Egypt's electronic network of post offices. The office offers its services to more than 6000 people as well as several governmental agencies in Altour.

    The office facilitates all modern financial, postal and governmental services like express mail and Family Cards through the comprehensive one-stop shop system. The office also offers monthly pension cashing services to the citizens. So far 3000 family cards that benefit about 14,000 families were delivered through the center.

    A total of 20 post offices are available in South Sinai. The saving accounts in the South Sinai post zone reached 2950 ones.
    Separately, Dr. Kamel and General Metwali inaugurated Altour Notarization Office. The new office is part of a national project implemented across Egypt. The project 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, developing the investment climate, enhancing 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 entails the foundation of a central information center for the Real Estate Registry and Authentication Authority and a data warehouse inside it. It 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 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.

    Minister Kamel and Governor Metwali concluded the inaugural tour by commencing the information center at Altour Public Hospital as a pilot model for the Hospitals’ Information Systems Project. The pilot applies financial and administrative systems at the hospital to optimize the management operations and procedures.

    The information centers of the public hospitals of Hurgada, Beni Sueif, El-Menia and Assuit had earlier been inaugurated.
    The project's purpose is to connect public hospitals with the health information center for building a database for health indicators.

    Additionally, the information center provides training services to medical staff together with distance diagnostic and treatment services via 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 Sueif, Al-Fayoum, Assiut, 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, implemented jointly between MCIT and Ministry of Health and Population, aims at developing healthcare services nationwide.

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