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    Dr. Salem Inaugurates ICT and Post Projects in New Valley Governorate

    Valley Governorate, 13 March 2012

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem and New Valley governor, General Tarek Al-Mahdy, opened 4 technology homes in New Valley governorate.

    They were accompanied by the director of the human development and training sector at the MCIT, Dr. Ahmed Adel Darwish.

    The four technology homes are established in Egypt Public Library, Al Kharga Youth Center, Red Crescent Society and El-Amal School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The latter have been fully equipped with computers, connected to networks and internet. It is supplied with technological equipment and training courses for instructors.

    This comes in the framework of implementing the MCIT strategy that aims at developing the Egyptian information society and supporting national economy through boosting human resources in the field of communications.

    The MCIT strategy also targets the enhancement of the knowledge society and the technological innovation to provide excellent job opportunities and eradicate unemployment.

    The inauguration of the technology homes comes as part of the inauguration tour of the minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem in New Valley governorate.

    During the tour, Dr. Salem inaugurated a number of ICT and post projects. He first met with popular and executive leaders, and Parliament members in New Valley. Dr. Salem discussed with leaders and public figures of New Valley the Ministry strategy during the next phase to support the ICT development in the New Valley governorate.

    The technology homes offer numerous community and technology services for the New Valley citizens. Among these services, there are the e-government portal services in conjunction with the Ministry of State for Administrative Development, basic courses in computer maintenance and Information Technology Institute scholarships for learning the basics of computers and IT applications.

    Their mission also encloses providing training on website creation, specialized programs to train the trainers in order to build ICT calibers, training on fighting illiteracy and adult education programs.

    It also encompasses the use of ICT tools to habilitate 15 female trainers for the purpose of womenís development and empowerment through ICT to assist them in marketing the handicrafts in New Valley.

    Furthermore, an e-learning system is created to allow the study of computer basics and components via sign language. This system is to cover all civil society organizations and private deaf and hearing impaired schools. 

    Regarding the children, the technology homes work to habilitate children technologically through child club program. They also habilitate and incorporate disabled children in specialized centers with the collaboration of Wayana International Foundation for integrating children with special needs.

    Furthermore, they hold awareness seminars in the field of reproductive health with the cooperation of family planning units in New Valley.

    MCIT has finished establishing 66 technology homes across the governorates of New Valley, North Sinai, South Sinai, Giza, Suez, Luxor, Aswan and Nuba, and Marsa Matruh. Other 34 technology homes in remote, disadvantaged, poorest, and unplanned areas are under construction and are due to finish by the end of 2012.

    Technology  homes are established with the collaboration of various state institutions like the Red Crescent Society and its branches in all governorates, youth centers, and culture palaces. NGOs providing community services and human resources as well as encouraging various production activities to promote small industries and market their products through the use of IT tools, are also among the main partners in the technology homes project.

    Minister of ICT, Dr. Mohamed Salem and General Tarek Al-Mahdy have also opened the customer service office for Al Kharga Central. Telecom Egypt chairman, Mr. Aqil Beshir and Telecom Egypt CEO, Mr. Tarek Abou Alam accompanied the minister during the opening of the customer service office.

    Modeled at a cost of 270 thousand EGP, the central offer several communicationsí services to the citizens. It receives new landlines contract applications, sells added features to landlines and offers local, direct and international call services.

    It also provides telegraph and fax services, sells home and public phone cards and offers bill information and collection. Furthermore, the central offers ADSL services through TE Data, one of Telecom Egypt affiliates.

    The present digital capacity of Al Kharga central is more than 18 thousand lines. The number of subscribers has mounted to more than 11 thousand subscribers in an occupancy rate of 61%. Consequently, the central remains open to receive more requests from the citizens to avail from telephone services in the governorate.

    The plan for communicationsí projects in the governorate of New Valley, in the near future, focuses on increasing the capacities and terrestrial networks of the centrals to meet the demands and abolish bottlenecks. It also carries on the plan with the implementation of CDMA network which covers the governorate through 6 BTS stations, with a total capacity of 4170 lines, as the total number of subscribers has reached 672.

    Thanks to CDMA services, communications services are provided to remote areas and regions that are difficult to reach via terrestrial networks in the governorate. The total investments in the communications infrastructure in the governorate of New Valley, from October 19999 until the end of 2011, has amounted to 75 million pounds.

    The number of centrals in New Valley governorate has reached 28, with a total line capacity of 54746. The number of subscribers has mounted to 29653 with 14.3% phone density. The number of public-service phones has reached 162 plus 14 centers and communications offices, in addition to private bureaus.

    New valley governorate includes 27 villages, all of which have telephone services. Furthermore, there are 47 circuits connecting the governorateís parts to each other, while the number of circuits that connect the New Valley to the rest of the governorates reaches 219.

    Finally, Dr. Salem and General Al-Mahdy accompanied by Egypt Post CEO, Mr. Mosaad Abdul Ghany opened Al-Salam post office in the city of Al Kharga, which has 6 more post offices out of 49 across the governorate.

    Al-Salam office which has a specialized center to train personnel in the area of New Valley serves around 10 thousand citizens and provides government, financial and post services to citizens. Moreover, the office, which is connected to the e-network of ENPO, provides pension services for more than 400 elderly citizens.

    Mr. Abdul Ghany assured that the board of directors of ENPO is eager to deliver its services to citizens in various cities and villages of all governorates, hence provide them with the highest level of services. This comes out of Egypt Post responsibility towards its customers, whom have placed their full trust in it and its loyal employees.

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