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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates New ICT and Post Projects in Qena

    Kena, 19 January 2010

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Qena Governor General Magdy Ayoub 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 Ayoub began the inaugural tour by meeting the public and executive leaderships of Sohag at the municipality premises.

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel and Governor Ayoub, accompanied by Telecom Egypt Chief Executive Officer Eng. Tarek Tantawy, inaugurated new expansions at Qeft Digital Exchanges center and its annexed customer service center.

    The exchanges center has 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 codes and other modern services.

    The center's innovations cost about 35 LE million. The total capacity of the center has been increased to 10.000 lines. The customer service has also been upgraded at a total cost of LE 1.2 million.

    The future plan for developing telecom projects in Qena focuses on raising the capacity of exchanges centers and landline networks to meet the growing needs of the governorate.

    In addition, the expansion plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers Sohag through eight base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 7400 line-capacity.

    The landline service has been delivered to more than 3535 subscribers so far. Service delivery is underway for remote areas where it is hard to install ground networks.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in Qena during the time from October 1999 2009 account for about LE47 million. A total of 69 exchanges centers are available in Qena serving 188670 subscribers.

    The phone density in the governorate reached 7% per person and 35.3% per family. A total of 1000 public phones, 26 communication centers and offices besides the private ones are available in the governorate.

    Qena consists of 153 villages and 1452 small hamlets all provided with landline services.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and General Ayoub, accompanied by Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Acting Chairman Dr. Ashraf Zaki inaugurated Qeft Central Post Office Post Office after being upgraded.

    The office has been incorporated into Egyptian Post Network to offer Egyptian citizens all modern services.

    It encompasses 11 shops for serving citizens, offering a variety of services like packages, express mail, saving and investment accounts, immediate money orders and promotional mail.

    The office has saving accounts for over 11,000 clients. More than 1100 pensioners receive their monthly payments from the post office. Pensions are also delivered by the office to the homes of 50 beneficiaries for free.

    Established in 1870, Qena postal zone consists of 176 post offices, 17 of them work on evening shifts to meet the needs of citizens throughout the day. 136 post offices in Sohag are connected to the Egyptian Post Network.

    Post investment accounts are offered through three offices in the governorate. More than 155.000 pensioners all over Qena receive their pensions from the governorate post offices.

    About 40.000 pensions are delivered free of charge to the beneficiaries' homes every month. The total number of saving accounts clients in Kena is about four million.

    Separately, Minister Kamel and Governor Ayoub, together with Dr. Ekram Fathy, Senior Advisor to Communications and IT Minister for Human Resource Development and Training, commenced the IT Club at Social Development and Environment Protection Association in Qena.

    The club has been supplied with 10 computers connected to high-speed internet. The number of IT clubs in Sohag amounts to 63 with a total of 691 computers. It has been planned to establish another three 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 1981 IT clubs have been established so far across Egypt. About 300 ones are founded 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 Ayoub, First Deputy to Minister of Communications and IT Dr. Hoda Baraka, Eng. Mohamed Abdel-Latif, Chairman of Egyptian General Survey Authority and Dr. Mohamed Hosni, First Deputy to Minister of Justice for Real Estate Registry and Noritization, inaugurated the upgraded Corporeal Registry Administration in Qena.

    The administration is part of a process for applying the automated system of corporeal land registration in 19 governorates nationwide.

    Regional information centers in the seven governorates of Assuit, Kafr El-Sheikh, Damietta, El-Menya, Giza, Al-Sharkia and Al-Beheira have already been built. These regional centers serve the 12 governorates of Al-Qalyoubiya, Sohag, Beni Sueif, Ismalia, Al-Gharbia, Al-Fayoum, Qena, Aswan, Al-Dakahlia, Al-Menofiya, Suez and Port Said. 

    The project is based on a cooperation protocol agreement signed between MCIT and Ministry of Justice in 2002. It aims at raising the quality of services offered to citizens, preserving possessions, 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 kicked off in 2006 and was finalized in December 2009 at an estimate cost of LE 20 million, following the success of a pilot project in the four automated authentication offices of El-Azbakiya, Kasr El-Nil, El-Zaytoun and Ismalia Courts Complex.

    After the success of the model, it has been decided to upgrade 50 more offices in June 2009, making the total number 100 ones.

    The project also encompasses the development of registry and survey applications through the internet and the provision of services online. It has been integrated with the corporeal land registry automation, the national ID and the e-government projects. 

    The project includes the foundation of a central information center for Real Estate Registry and Authentication Authority and a data warehouse inside it and the automation of 100 authentication offices nationwide.

    The work cycle has been developed at the offices to facilitate services via the one-stop shop system. A number of service outlets at the post offices will be added to the project to serve villages and hamlets.

    The project offered specialized Egyptian companies the opportunity to gain more experience, have a presence in regional and international markets, export their acquired knowledge and carry out similar projects in other countries by Egyptian calibers.

    Dr. Kamel and General Ayoub concluded the tour by commencing the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Testing and Training Center at Kena Municipality. The center is fourth of its kind in the governorate.

    The center has a testing lab equipped with 15 computers in addition to two training ones including 22 computers and 15 computers consecutively.

    Another lab is underway with the capacity of 15 PCs. It has been planned to increase the number of similar centers to seven ones. During the inauguration, 49 ICDL certificates were handed in to the center students.

    A total of 230.768 citizens have acquired ICDL so far in Egypt, 2130 of them from Kena. MCIT aims by offering such grants to spread the culture of IT usage in the Egyptian society.

    The MCIT program targets to certify 500,000 citizens belonging to all social segments every year. 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 provides IT training for students, administrators and teaching staff of public universities, civil servants and fresh graduates and public sector employees. 

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