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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates New ICT, Post Projects in El-Menya

    El-Menya, 16 February 2009
    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel together with El-Menya Governor General Ahmed Diaa Eddin inaugurated today a number of new projects in the fields of ICT and post in the governorate.

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

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel and General Diafa Eddin, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir, inaugurated the customer service center at El-Menya's main exchanges center after being upgraded.

    The centerís upgrade, estimated to cost about one million Egyptian pounds, enabled the offering of several new 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 future plan for developing telecom projects in El-Menya includes an increase in the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the increasing need of the governorate.

    In addition, the plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers El-Menya through 15 base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 25,636 line-capacity.

    The landline service has been delivered to more than 19,935 subscribers so far. The service delivery is underway for remote subscribers and areas where it is hard to install ground networks.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in El-Menya from October 1999- 2008 accounts for about LE 289 million Pounds. A total of 76 exchanges centers are available in El-Menya serving 296,359 subscribers with a 385,200 Ėline capacity.

    The phone density in the governorate reached 7%. Also 1,285 public phones, 123 communication centers and offices besides the private ones currently serve the governorate inhabitants.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and General Diaa Eddin accompanied by Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated El-Menya Al-Mahata Post Office.

    The 400 square-meter office has been linked to the electronic network of post offices and provided with computers to offer all automated, modern services like express mail, current accounts with daily interest rates, immediate money orders and investment accounts. The office offers its services through 16 shops.

    A total of 162 post offices are available in El-Menya, 142 of which are linked to the electronic network of post offices. Thirteen offices operate on evening shifts to meet citizens' needs.

    El-Menya post offices include about 700,000 postal savings passbooks. About 360,000 pensions are being cashed through the governorate's post offices, 61,000 of which are social solidarity pensions. The offices deliver 12,000 pensions to beneficiaries' homes. 

    Separately, Minister Kamel, Governor Diaa Eddin, First Deputy to Minister of Justice for Real Estate Registry and Noritization Dr. Mohamed Hosni and Dr. Hisham El-Deeb, supervisor of Information Infrastructure Division at Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, commenced the upgraded Corporeal Registry Administration in Al-Menia.

    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 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 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 end of 2009.
    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.

    Also Dr. Kamel and General Diaa Eddin inaugurated today El-Menya Suburbs Authentication Office. The new office comes as part of a project implemented nationwide.

    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, 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 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.

    Dr. Kamel and General Diaa Eddin concluded the inaugural tour by commencing the information center at El-Menya Public Hospital as a pilot model for the Hospitalsí Information Systems 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 communications technologies.

    The information centers at Hurgada, Beni Sueif and Assuit public hospitals had been inaugurated last month.

    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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