On the sidelines of the visit of the World Bank team to Egypt in order to attend the consultations session organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in collaboration with the World Bank, Dr. Mohammed Salem met with Mr. David Craig, Regional Director of the World Bank and the international expert in environment affairs of the World Bank and the accompanying delegation of the Bank.
This comes in the context of activating the framework convention signed between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the World Bank as well as the agreements signed with the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. The session aims to formulate a framework and to discuss the steps of the next phase of the Green Information and Communications Technology Framework Strategy for 2012 - 2015.
The visit of the World Bank team included convening extensive sessions to draw up the general framework of the Green Information and Communications Technology Strategy (2012 -2015). These sessions were attended by a number of representatives of ministries, agencies as well as the private sector and civil society organizations concerned with this area.
A number of meetings were held throughout the visit to determine the sectors of main focus in order to adapt with Climate Change issue using information and communications technology.
The meetings were also an opportunity to clarify the potential of ICT in reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from other sectors as well as defining the role of MCIT in the field of environment-friendly information and communications technology at the local, international and regional levels.
During the visit, a workshop was held to discuss "Information and Communications Technology procurement and environmental sustainability".
The aim behind the workshop is to raise community awareness particularly in the public sector about the features, the environmental and economic benefits when taking environmental standards into account in the purchase orders of the information and communications technology devices and tools.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology signed an agreement with the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. The agreement focuses on the environment- friendly ICT strategy.
In order to achieve the objectives of this protocol, MCIT introduced several activities in collaboration with many organizations and bodies on both local and international levels including the World Bank.
MCIT signed a cooperation agreement with the World Bank in June 2010 on the environment-friendly information and communications technology.
The agreement entails the implementation of programs including the development of an operational framework for the environment- friendly ICT strategy. It also encompasses the organization of a campaign to raise community awareness about the sound management of electronic waste.
In the framework of the cooperation agreement with the World Bank, cooperation covers several aspects including the preparation of the final version of the analytical report of the framework and the challenges facing the management of electronic waste in Egypt and the training of staff in MCIT and the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs as well as the private sector and NGOs on the methods of managing electronic waste.