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    Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Magued Osman, Inaugurates the 15th Round of Cairo ICT 2011

    Cairo, 25 May 2011

    H.E Dr. Magued Osman, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, inaugurated today the 15th round of Cairo ICT 2011 Trade Fair and Forum.  This year, Cairo ICT is held during the period from 25th to 28th of May, at Cairo International Conference Center under the auspices of MCIT.

    His country being the guest of honor of Cairo ICT 2011, the French ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Jean Félix Paganon witnessed the inauguration of the event. Amongst the participants were a group of Egypt ICT leaders, participating countries and all interested in ICT industry and the exhibition organizers.

    As the first international conference organized by Egypt after the glorious revolution of the 25th of January, Cairo ICT 2011 represents a distinguished opportunity to deliver a message to all people concerned with this vital sector. The message is that, Egypt is still in the core of events and is determined to keep pace with the current progress of ICT industry.

    Furthermore, Egypt is continuously keen to backup its people who announced, along with regional and international companies to achieve all best they have for the benefit of the national economy and the Egyptian people. Upon this determination and insistence, we all salute both participating companies and organizers.

    This year’s slogan is "A future In The Making".  It confirms that ICT sector is part of the current changes, and that the ICT sector is capable of keeping pace with all changes worldwide. This current slogan also sheds light on the fact that the future of Egypt is made now and that we have to participate shaping it. Moreover, it affirms that ICT industry is an important and effective part of the national economy and positively leverages the other sectors.

    More than 350 local and foreign companies participate in this exhibition in addition to a number of ministers and officials from Arab and Nile Basin countries.

    The fair is held on 22000 meters. This space takes in a large number of MCIT affiliates, such as Telecom Egypt, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Egypt Post and Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC).      
    In this regard, Dr. Magued Osman witnessed signing of a set of agreements and MoUs. The first agreement between Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and Nokia international company aims at providing training and developing technical skills of the Egyptian youth. It focuses on enhancing skills related to Nokia mobile applications and embracing their projects in relation with innovation and creativity.   

    The second agreement is signed by Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Cisco. As per this agreement, Cisco intends to establish a fund to support the ICT industry with a capital of $ 10 million with a vision of promoting specialized training programs. Such training programs will enable Egyptian youth to get jobs through EduEgypt program.

    Through this investment, Cisco offers to assist IT companies get technically upgraded, hence, helping them invading new markets, especially African markets via “Go to Africa” program.
    Chairman and CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, said that in addition to strategic investments, Cisco assists governments across the globe by offering ongoing advice, finding international best practices, and a vast array of state-of-the-art technology solutions.

    Cisco believes there is tremendous growth potential in Egypt’s ICT sector and is committed to supporting Egypt’s, as well as MENA’s, long-term goals. Therefore, according to him, it is appropriate for Cisco to make this investment into the Egyptian economy and its people.

    Another two MoUs were signed in the presence of the Minister of ICT, Dr. Magued Osman, between the Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Co., and the Information Technology Institute (ITI).

    The first one aims at offering ITI certified training sessions to Huawei partners and distributors worldwide.

    The second MoU is concerned with launching the Egyptian Program for IT training, which aims at sustaining long term recruitment process. This comes in the context of a Chinese grant to Egypt reaching $ 4 million.

    On the sidelines of the fair, Dr. Magued Osman held a number of bilateral meetings with Ambassadors of Tanzania, Congo, Kenya and the vice president of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in the United Arab Emirates.

    During these meetings, the minister exchanged with officials views about current ICT issues.  They also discussed means to boost cooperation between their countries and Egypt.   
    The official ceremony was followed by the forum opening session. The opening was attended by the minister of ICT, Dr. Magued Osman, the French ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Jean Félix Paganon, Vice President of Arabsat, Mr.Khalid Balkheyour, and Mr. Frank Martinez, Digital Inclusion & Government PC programs, Intel World Ahead Program.

    During the opening session, Dr. Osman delivered a speech about the key achievements of the ministry and ICT sector during the 25th of January revolution, 2011.

    During his speech, Dr. Osman pointed out that the ICT sector and Internet users all through the uprising events acted like a powerful engine leading Egypt to its peaceful liberation that changed Egypt’s façade; he also hoped that this revolution will help the country moving forward in an atmosphere of democracy and justice.

    Dr. Magued also referred to the increasing spread of telecommunications and information technology services during the last period. 

    After the opening session, a panel discussion entitled “ICT in the core of the revolutions of modern times” is held as recognition of the role of ICT in making people’s dreams come true.

    The second day witnesses a session tackling “The Future of Internet Industry in Egypt”. This is followed by a session about “Education Opportunities and Challenges in Egypt”. Another session was organized concerning “the Interactive TV on Internet and Media Challenges in the Age of Digital Revolution”.

    “Digital Media, Challenges in the Revolution Age’’ is the title of another panel discussion session. The second day is concluded with two sessions. The first tackles “The Cloud Computing and its Capability to Re-build the Egyptian Economy in the Revolution Age”. The second one discusses “transparency and combating corruption using technology”.

    The third day witnesses a panel discussion revolving about the role of the social networks in the Arab World.

    In the fourth and the last day, two sessions are held. The first one is about “Challenges Facing the Small and the Medium Enterprises” with the participation of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the Social Fund for Development.

    The second one revolves about “The Post services, the 3-D networks”. Egypt Post is effectively taking part in getting the public acquainted with range of the progress taking place in the Egyptian post services systems.

    This aims at expanding the scope of communication with citizens in terms of providing services with suitable costs. These services are presented via an integrated, distinguished and various system suiting all clients’ desires and requirements.

    The closing session of the forum focused on “A vision about Egypt’s Future in 2020”, in which public figures have good participation and ICT prominent leaders.

    The MCIT and its affiliates participate at this event with a pavilion of 300 meters. In this regard, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) supports the pavilion of the Egyptian companies interested in participating at Cairo ICT 2011. The space of this pavilion reaches 760 meters expanding to 45 firms.

    This is the first time that ITIDA offers direct support to ICT companies avoiding mediation efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The agency, however, received the application forms of participants via NGOs.

    Among participants there are Telecom Egypt and its affiliate TE Data sharing the same pavilion. TE Data offers updated solutions and inventions in connection with ICT as well as attractive offers aiming at promoting its advanced services that it intends to put on market during the coming period.

    Besides, the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) strongly participates at different workshops and panel discussions taking place during the forum, in a pavilion of the same space as the last year.

    The message delivered by Cairo ICT 2011, particularly after the revolution, is much different this year. The message focuses on addressing all current issues occupying the scene and building the future of Egypt based on ICT tools.

    Cairo ICT 2011 follows, in its 15th round, a different approach in managing the forum sessions as they are held in a part of the exhibition.

    This goes in line with the new spirit of development launched by the Egyptian revolution. Therefore, all discussions are linked with the situation on ground and the technical solutions; consequently, the forum becomes closer for both exhibitors and visitors, ensuring more participation and interaction.

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