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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates IAMOT 19th Conference in Cairo

    Cairo, 8 March 2010

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel inaugurated today the 19th International Conference on Management of Technology held from 8-11 March 2010 in Cairo.

    Entitled “Technology as the Foundation for Economic Growth,” the conference is organized by International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) and hosted by Nile University (NU). Over 45 countries have taken part in the conference.

    More than 400 scientists, experts, businessmen and CEOs of companies operating in the field have taken part in the conference.

    About 400 research papers will be discussed during the event. Also around 300 specialized sessions will be held throughout the meeting.

    The conference aims to discuss the rapid changes in technology management and their impact on economic development. Such variables made the field a driving force in progress, development of products, facilitating job opportunities and improving the living standard on all levels.

    Dr. Kamel will give the keynote speech during the inauguration. In his speech, he is expected to tackle the phases and ongoing variables that technology has been passing through, which derive more challenges. These challenges require a quick response to turn them into opportunities for training and preparing Egyptian calibers that can manage technology and create an enabling economic and legislative environment.

    Such technologies can be utilized and integrated into several fields like the case with education, health, e-government, banking and financial services and electronic documentation.

    In addition, technology has been made use in creating many job opportunities in vital fields such as business process outsourcing (BPO) and call centers. Egypt has been seeking to acquire its fair share of IT-related services exports and achieve $2 billion by 2013.

    Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research Dr. Hani Helal is due to give a keynote speech during a public session on technology management. International institutions and universities will participate in the session. Director of Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) Dr. Ali Al-Shafie will also contribute to the meeting.

    Dr. Tarek Khalil, NU President and Founder of IAMOT, noted that the conference stresses Egypt's key role in the region's technological development.

    The strong ties between NU and the US University of Minnesota and Miami University should be made use of effectively for Egypt to be a leading country in this scientific field, Dr. Khalil added.

    According to Dr. Khalil, it is necessary to have research of our own to lead others to come and engage in a dialogue with us.

    Dr. Khalil further noted that trust has to be established between Egypt and renowned, international institutions in the field to establish a relation of common interests. 
    Dr. Hazem Ezzat, VP for Research, Chief Research Officer, NU, Egypt said that the conference offers an opportunity for the business community and young researchers to be introduced to international experiences and learn lessons from past ones.

    Dr. Ezzat stressed the importance of the culture of technology for new generations, considering the spread of such culture as one of the missions of NU to push forward creativity and innovation.

    Amongst the conference prominent participants this year are Dr. Yasser Hosni, current President of IAMOT and Professor Emerittus University of Central Florida, USA Dr. James Spohrer, Director IBM University Programs Other high-level participants include Mr. Graham Mitchell, Professor Practice and director of Entrepreneurship program, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA Ankle Director of Institute for Information Management at the Swiss University Florida, USA Dr. James Spohrer, Director IBM University Programs Other high-level participants include Mr. Graham Mitchell, Professor Practice and director of Entrepreneurshipprogram, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA Program and former US Secretary of Commerce, Wayney of St. Gallen, Dr. Masoud Amin, Director of Technological Leadership Institute at the US University of Minnesota and Prof. Dominique Jolly, Dean of SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France.

    Renowned contributors to the conference also involve Mr.Tze- Chiang Chen, IBM VP Science and Technology, businessmen and experts from Egypt, Finland, the UK, a reprehensive of Cisco Systems and a number of editors of major magazines that cover engineering and technology management news.

    Egypt has been keen to host the conference for the second time, believing in technology management as a science not just an accumulation of experiences. Egypt focuses on programs and research related to the field, playing a key role in this area.

    About Nile University
    Established in 2006, Nile University is a not-for-profit institution of higher education primarily dedicated to excellence in technology-related fields with focus on business development and applied research. It is the first university in Egypt and the region to specialize in postgraduate education and research. The university is a partnership between civil society (Egyptian Foundation for Technology Education and Development – EFTED), the government (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology – MCIT) and the ICT industry.

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