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    The Third Day of Cairo ICT 2012: Signing Two Protocols to Provide 10 Thousands Laptops to University Students and to Promote Green ICT Technologies

    Cairo, 28 April 2012

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem, and minister of Higher Education, Dr. Hussein Khaled, witnessed today the signing of a joint cooperation agreement between their two respective ministries.

    The agreement encompasses launching a pilot project to provide 10 thousand tablet computers, locally manufactured, for the students of Egyptian governmental universities, with the collaboration of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

    The above was part of the events of the third day of Cairo ICT 2012 Trade Fair and Forum in its 16th round held on 26-29 April, under the auspices of MCIT.

    The protocol comes out of the keenness of the government to integrate ICT tools into the education system, thus bringing about change and positive development.

    Ultimately, this serves the educational process and benefits all its parties, which leads to the introduction of more effective educational models.

    Moreover, the protocol aims at offering a strong recovery of tablet computers’ market in Egypt, as well as providing actual promising investment opportunities in the local industry of tablet computers and its feeding industries.
    The protocol also presents job opportunities that allow gaining distinctive experiences.

    Consequently, these experiences allow Egypt to compete internationally in ICT field, under related rules and regulations of consumer protection.
    The pilot project also aims at increasing the efficiency of the educational process through promoting e-learning, continuing and distance learning.

    In addition, the project targets enhancing communication and integration among members of the educational community, through the use of internet, the utilization of ICT in making a quantum leap into shifting to a knowledge society.

    Moreover, the project endeavors to promote the skills of the 21st century for the educational community, as well as to create a dialogue among all elements of the educational system.

    The dialogue is held through providing social communication networks via a virtual society, which allows information exchange and enriches the Arabic scientific content.

    Furthermore, the project strongly contributes in the development of local industry for tablet computers and software, meets local demands and helps in creating Egyptian information and knowledge communities.

    This is accomplished through preparing a competent generation capable of dealing with the latest advanced technologies available today.
    The one-and-a-half-year protocol is subject to renewal according to the interest of both sides.

    The Ministry of Higher Education works on identifying lists of students benefiting from the project, following the implementation of criteria to be agreed upon in this regard.

    Tablet computers will be delivered to the beneficiary students through the Ministry of higher Education.

    On another occasion, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem and the Minister of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA), Dr. Mustafa Hussein Kamel, witnessed today the signing of an agreement of joint cooperation between the two ministries on the use of green ICT applications in various fields.

    This emphasizes the pivotal role of ICT in achieving sustainable economic and environmental development in all fields.

    The scope of the protocol comprises the cooperation between the two ministries in implementing the green ICT strategy through a number of programs.

    Among these programs are: electronic waste sustainable management, ICT purchase sustainable management, ICT utilization in reducing and adapting to climate change and raising awareness about green ICT.

    Through the above programs, a report will be prepared to evaluate electronic waste in Cairo province. A system of accreditation for electronic waste recycling projects, and a system to restore used ICT hardware will also be developed.

    Moreover, a program to raise awareness and train staff in the field of electronic waste recycling, with a focus on non-governmental sector and civil society organizations, will be initialized.

    The protocol between the two ministries stipulates the collaboration of both sides with related organizations and bodies, to activate the program of raising awareness about green ICT.

     This is achieved through launching a green ICT e-portal, as well as organizing workshops, seminars, camps and conferences in green ICT.
    In the provisions of the joint two-year protocol, subject to renewal, the two parties have agreed to coordinate with international and local companies working in the field of e-waste recycling.

    This coordination intends to sustainably manage e-waste, provides for new job opportunities for youth and supports partnership with the private sector, international companies and ICT international and regional organizations.

    Separately, Dr. Salem inaugurated yesterday the events of the World Summit Award (WSA), organized by ITIDA, and hosted by Egypt for the very first time.

    At the Summit, the finest electronic content in culture, heritage, entertainment, games and other technological programs, which contribute to finding solutions and innovations to solve technical problems in all fields, was viewed.

    Once the winning programs were identified, Dr. Mohamed Salem and the chairman of WSA Board of Directors, Prof. Dr. Peter A. Bruck, distributed prizes for the 40 winners in Egypt, Austria, New Zealand, Venezuela, Ireland, Lebanon, Ghana, Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia, India, Tunis and Netherlands.

    The Egyptian IT program for development, through the Egyptian “Erada Portal”, won the award. The program, oriented on a portal project specializing in the care for the disabled and the ones with special needs, was named one of the best projects in the field of e-participation.
    The Egyptian project was among 460 projects presented in 105 countries. It is regarded as one of the best applications for electronic Arabic content on the internet.

    During the events of the third day of Cairo ICT 2012 Trade Fair and Forum, a workshop on smart communications and developing mobile programs and applications will be organized. A seminar under the title “satellites create knowledge world and precede all other communication mechanisms”, will also take place.

    The events of the third day are concluded by a workshop with Orange Labs Company on means of struggle against poverty through e-communication. Real experiences from countries like Nigeria, UK, Ghana, India and Bulgaria are demonstrated at the workshop.

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