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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates New ICT and Post Projects in Sohag

    Sohag, 24 December 2009

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Sohag Governor General Mohsen Al Noamany inaugurated today a number of new projects in the fields of information and communications technology (ICT) and post in the governorate.

    Dr. Kamel and General Al Noamany began the inaugural tour by meeting the public and executive leaderships of Sohag at the municipality premises.

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel and Governor Al Noamany, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir, inaugurated Belsafoura Communication Center and the Customer Service Center at Al-Manshah Exchanges Center.

    The two centers have been upgraded and modeled to offer the public a variety of services including but not limited to local and direct phone calls, phone bill inquiries and collection, fax, telegraph, prepaid phone cards and pin code provision and other modern services.

    The future plan for developing telecom projects in Sohag focuses on increasing the capacity of exchanges centers and landline networks to meet the growing demands of the governorate. In addition, the plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers Sohag through eight base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 11191 line-capacity.

    The landline service has been delivered to more than 6760 subscribers so far. Service delivery is underway for remote areas where it is hard to install ground networks.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in Sohag during the time from October 19992009 account for about LE 438 million. A total of 79 exchanges centers are available in Sohag serving 295784 subscribers.

    The phone density in the governorate reached 7.4% per person and 34% per family. ADSL subscribers in Sohag are as much as 10100. A total of 1077 public phones, 23 communication centers and offices besides the private ones are available in the governorate.

    Sohag consists of 270 villages and 1274 small hamlets all provided with landline services.

    Separately, Dr. Kamel and General Al Noamany, accompanied by Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy inaugurated Nasr City Post Office after being upgraded and provided with the one-stop shop service.

    The office offers all modern financial, social and postal services to about 80 governmental agencies and institutions and thousands of citizens due to its special location in the center of the governorate.
    The office has been connected to the Electronic Network of Egypt Post. It has also been equipped with computers to perform all modern, automated services like those of express mail, saving accounts with daily interests, immediate money orders and investment accounts. The office encompasses 12 shops for serving citizens.

    The office has the saving accounts of over 25,000 clients. More than 1800 pensioners receive their monthly payments from the post office. Pensions are also delivered to the homes of 200 beneficiaries for free.

    Sohag postal zone encompasses 271 post offices, 18 of them work on evening shifts to meet the needs of citizens throughout the day.

    In another development, Minister Kamel and Governor Al Noamany, together with Senior Advisor to Communications and IT Minister for Human Resource Development and Training Dr. Ekram Fathy, commenced the IT Club of Sohag Media Complex.

    The club has been supplied with 24 computers connected to a high-speed internet connection. The total number of IT clubs in Sohag has now reached 99 with a total of 491 computers. It has been planned to establish another six clubs in the governorate.

    IT clubs are carried out nationwide in cooperation with civil society organizations, youth centers, Egyptian universities, cultural centers and other entities to spread the culture of IT usage among all age groups and social classes.

    A total of 1974 technology clubs have been established so far across Egypt, about 300 ones every year based on the plan of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

    Such clubs offer the required mechanisms and tools for spreading IT usage, especially in high populated areas where it is difficult to facilitate such technological services.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Kamel and General Al Noamany, together with First Deputy to Minister of Communications and IT Dr. Hoda Baraka, inaugurated the Egyptian Network for Health Records (Family Health Units) at the Urban Center in Athmim.

    The purpose of the project is to build and facilitate health records for Egyptian citizens via the development of a data system as well as an integrated geographic health information system. A data warehouse for heath records history has been established through which reports and indicators can be extracted to support decision-making in this domain.

    The project consists of 305 family heath units in the four governorates of Alexandria, Menofiya, Sohag and Suez in villages and cities. This will allow all units to be part of the model and make the most of the information systems there.

    The project had first kicked off in July 2006 at a total cost of LE 23 million. It is carried consecutively in other governorates nationwide.

    Dr. Kamel and General Al Noamany concluded the tour by commencing the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Testing and Training Center at Suzanne Mubarak Computer and Community Service Center in Sohag. The center is tenth of its kind in the governorate.  It has been planned to increase the number of similar centers to 14 ones.

    Around 220,000 citizens, 8000 of them from Sohag, received the ICDL certificate so far in Egypt through a grant offered by MCIT.

    The MCIT program targets to certify 500,000 citizens every year from all social segments. It is carried out in cooperation with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research and Ministry of State for Administrative Development.

    The program aims to provide IT training for students, administrators and teaching staff of public universities, civil servants and recent graduates and public sector employees.  

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