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    Dr. Kamel Holds Talks with Indian Ambassador in Egypt…Pan-African E-Network to Be Launched

    Cairo, 10 August 2010

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel received today India’s Ambassador to Egypt Mr. R. Swaminathan where they conferred means of bilateral cooperation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) in the coming phase.

    The meeting was attended by First Deputy to Minister of Communications and IT Dr. Hoda Baraka and Director of International Relations Division at Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Ms. Nermine El-Saadany.

    The meeting goes in line within boosting joint ties in the field of ICT as well as figuring out means of undertaking Indian investments in Egypt, as several leading Indian ICT companies like Satyam, Wipro and Infosys have been operating in Egypt.

    These companies offered hundreds of job opportunities for Egyptians, exporting IT services via outsourcing to the companies’ clients worldwide.
     
    During the meeting, the two parties discussed all preparations required for launching the Pan-African E-Network to be inaugurated by Mr. Swaminathan, next week.

    The network aims to connect India with African countries to offer them distance learning and treatment services through seven Indian universities and five high-quality Indian hospitals.

    In addition, the two sides will exchange information as to communication policies, regulations and IT. They will also cooperate in training and capacity building.

    Egypt, represented by MCIT, had signed the cooperation agreement in 2007. The two sides also reviewed the results of the recent mutual visits, the developments of the Indian investment projects in Egypt’s ICT sector as well as the available expansion opportunities in the next phase.

    The two sides further stressed the importance of bilateral economic cooperation, the distinguished ties between the two leaderships and the mutual visits, the most recent of which was President Hosni Mubarak’s to India in November 2008.

    For his part, the ambassador expressed his deep interest in encouraging Indian ICT companies to raise their investments in Egypt’s promising market which is featured by a significant geographical and political status in the region.

    Mr. Swaminathan pointed out that the coming phase will witness further Indian investments and more business missions in the area of ICT.

    It is worth mentioning that the Faculty of Commerce at Alexandria University has been selected to be a distance learning center for the project. Also Suzanne Mubarak Regional Centre for Women's Health and Development (SMC) in Alexandria has been chosen to act as a distance treatment and diagnosis center. 



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