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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates New ICT, Post Projects in Dakahlia, Commences New ITI Branch in Mansoura

    Dakahlia , 12 May 2010

    Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Hani Helal, Minister of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research, General Abdel-Salam El-Mahgoub, Minister of Local Development and General Samir Sallam, Dakahlia Governor, inaugurated today a number of new projects in the fields of information and communication technology (ICT) and post in Dakahlia.

    The inaugural tour began by holding a meeting with the public and executive leaderships of the governorate at the municipality premises.

    Following the meeting, they commenced the new branch of Information Technology Institute (ITI), an affiliate of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in Mansoura city, the capital of Dakahlia.

    The inauguration was witnessed by ITI Chairman Dr. Mohamed Salem, Mansoura University President Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi and several senior officials from MCIT, Ministry of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research, Dakahlia municipality and Mansoura University.    

    Opening a new ITI branch is part of the strategy of distributing ITI premises outside the capital to boost the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry and ICT in general nationwide. Other branches had earlier been commenced in Alexandria and Assuit governorates.

    Another purpose is to prepare qualified calibers for the employment market in order to attract further investments and create thousands of new job opportunities for graduates all over Egypt in different specialties.

    This target can be achieved through linking academic education with the job market in a bid to fulfill its demands and generate a generation of qualified Egyptian youths.

    The ITI Mansoura branch will serve distinguished graduates and university students to help them become eligible to support the ICT industry in northern Egypt concurrent to the other branch inaugurated in Assuit in January 2009. This in turn will attract more investments in Egyptian governorates.  

    About 212 students have been graduated so far in two batches from Mansouraís ITI over the past two years. The third batch, including 110 students, will graduate from the new branch this year.

    The institute has achieved another success through EDUEgypt program carried out in cooperation with Ministry of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research. The project offers training for students at more than 30 faculties in 10 Egyptian universities including that of Mansoura. It aims to meet the needs of BPO and IT services exports.

    Egypt has targeted to increase IT exports from $1 bn to $2 bn by 2013.In another development, Dr. Kamel, the ministers, accompanied by Telecom Egypt (TE) Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir, and TE CEO and Managing Director Eng. Tarek Tantawy, inaugurated Dakarnas Digital Exchanges Center after being modeled and upgraded.

    The centerís capacity has been raised to include 20989 lines. About LE 65 million have been invested in the center. The center is now open to meet all customersí demands.

    Dr. Kamel and Governor Sallam also commenced the annexed Customer Service Center after being upgraded. The center offers the public a variety of services including phone bill inquiries and collection, prepaid cards, pin code provision and customersí accounts.

    The future plan for developing telecom projects in Dakahlia focuses on increasing the capacity of exchanges centers and landline networks to meet the growing needs of the governorate. In addition, the plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers Dakahlia via 17 base transceiver stations (BTS) at a 29330 line-capacity.

    The landline service has been delivered to more than 23868 subscribers till now. Service delivery is underway for remote areas where it is difficult to install ground networks.

    Investments in telecom infrastructure in the governorate during the time from October 1999 (when MCIT was established) to end of 2009 account for about LE 767 million.

    A total of 159 exchanges centers are available in Dakahlia encompassing more than 952450 lines and 750886 subscribers.

    The phone density in the governorate reached 14.1%. A total of 1965 public phones, 68 communication centers and offices besides other private ones are available in the governorate.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Kamel, along with Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Acting Chairman Dr. Ashraf Zaki, inaugurated Central Dakarnas Post Office. The office has been recently upgraded and connected to the Egypt Post network.

    It facilitates for citizens all modern postal and financial services as well as international express mail and electronic tracking via IPS system.

    The office has been provided with computers to offer current account services, immediate and regular money orders, packages, cashing of checks and monthly pension cashing. The office operates on morning and evening shifts to meet the citizensí requirements.

    The Dakahlia postal zone consists of 288 post offices; 205 of them are automated. More than 300,000 pensioners receive their monthly payments from the post office including the social solitary pension. Pensions are also delivered to the homes of 13,000 beneficiaries.

    Saving accounts in the zone amount to more than 850,000.  Dakarnas post office includes 47500 accounts.

    Also in Dakahlia, Dr. Kamel, Dr. Helal, General Al-Mahgoub and General Sallam together with First Deputy to Minister of Justice Dr. Mohamed Hosni and Egyptian General Survey Authority Chairman Eng. Mohamed Abdel-Latif commenced the upgraded Corporeal Registry Administration in Dakarnas.

    The administration is part of a process for applying the automated system of corporeal land registry nationwide.

    The first phase of the project encompassed seven regional information centers in Assuit, Kafr El-Sheikh, Damietta, Menya, Giza, Sharkia and Beheira. These centers have been established to serve 19 governorates where the corporeal land registry system is applied.

    They include, in addition to the above seven governorates, Qalyoubia, Sohag, Beni Sueif, Ismalia, Gharbia, Fayoum, Qena, Aswan, Dakahlia, Menofiya, Suez and Port Said. 

    A unified database for corporeal registry has been finalized. It includes a database for 5,5 million of agricultural land documents and another database for 138,000 cadastral maps for agricultural lands nationwide where the corporeal registry is applied.

    The project spectrum involves the establishment of a unified database for corporeal land registry, the upgrade of all registry offices and cadastral administrations all over Egypt as well as developing two corporeal land registry offices and two engineering offices in each governorate. The projectís operations will be over by the end of 2010.

    In 2004, Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif assigned Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation and Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Minister of Justice to carry out the national project of the automation of corporeal land registry as agricultural lands represent one of the pillars of the society.

    In a separate development, Dr. Tarek and General Sallam inaugurated Dakarnas Notarization Office, which is part of a project that kicked off in 2006. The project 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 Azbakiya, Kasr El-Nil, Zaytoun districts and Ismalia Courts Complex.

    The project aims at raising the quality of services offered for 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 the ICT usage.

    Moreover, the project 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, a data warehouse inside it and the automation of 100 authentication offices nationwide.

    In 2002, a cooperation protocol agreement was signed between MCIT and Ministry of Justice on implementing the project.

    Separately, Dr. Kamel, Dr. Helal and General Sallam commenced International Computer Driving License (ICDL) training and testing center at Mubarak Public Library in Dakahlia, the 18th in the governorate.

    Offering ICDL certification comes within the MCITís plan to qualify calibers to work in all sectors in Egypt.

    About 290,000 citizens have acquired ICDL so far nationwide through a grant offered by MCIT, 13,000 of them are from Dakahlia. In addition, 11 citizens from Dakahlia work as ICDL quality assurance officers.

    The MCIT program has targeted to certify 500,000 citizens every year from all social segments in cooperation with Ministry of 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.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Kamel, General Sallam, in the presence of Dr. Helal, inaugurated the Outsourcing Information Center at Egypt Network Company, a leading ICT company.
    The company offers a number of modern solutions and services for its clients in the Middle East and Europe. Headquartered in Mansoura, the companyís exports of IT services amount to LE 12 million. It aims to export services worth LE 20 million by the end of this year through an expansion plan.

    The company has one branch in Cairo and another in Saudi Arabia. About 110 young Egyptian specialists work for Egypt Network.

    The company works on developing software programs and solutions designed specially to meet the needs of its clients. It also entered into partnerships with several international companies like Microsoft and Intel.

    Egypt Network offers SMS services for groups as well as website hosting services through the data center. 

    Egypt Network assures quality and customer satisfaction through adapting the international quality model CMMi.

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