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    ICT Minister Actively Partakes in Cairo ICT 2018

    Cairo, 26 November 2018
    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has met with the Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications Jamal El Jarrah. The meeting discussed means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the ICT field and benefiting from the Egyptian expertise in capacity building and training.

    The meeting was on the sidelines of the second day of the 22nd edition of Cairo ICT, held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on November 25-28.

    During the meeting, Talaat reviewed the projects implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in cooperation with all the State’s institutions and agencies to implement its digital transformation strategy. These projects entail the ones aimed at delivering the State’s support to those who deserve it in cooperation with relevant ministries, including implementing the unified card, which is linked to a bank or postal account, in cooperation with the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

    The ICT Minister also reviewed the initiatives and programs implemented by MCIT to develop young people, incubate entrepreneurs, build start-ups and create a supportive environment for stimulating creativity.

    The meeting discussed the efforts exerted in Egypt and Lebanon to improve the efficiency of the technological and information infrastructure, and best practices to improve telecommunication services in both countries.

    Following the meeting, Talaat accompanied his Lebanese counterpart in a tour to inspect the pavilions of the ministries, government entities and national and international private sector companies at Cairo ICT.

    In addition, Talaat also met with the Greek Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas, where they discussed means of cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas, most notably the transition into a digital society.

    During the meeting, they agreed to exchange expertise and learn about the Egyptian experience in linking the government databases, as well as the Greek experience in developing smart agriculture applications, in line with the EU Agriculture Quality Standards, through delegations of technical experts.

    In addition, the updates on the technology innovation center project, established in cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, were reviewed. The center was represented in this year’s edition of Cairo ICT, through a special pavilion that consists of number of startups from the three countries, based on a tripartite management. A workshop was organized to discuss market access, funding, partnerships, staff development and consultancy.

    The ICT Minister also met with the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) Salem Avan, Director of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) program Omar Mohsen and the Information Technology Officer at the UN-OICT Jorge Martinez.

    The meeting was attended by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Acting CEO Maha Rashad, and the ICT Minister’s Advisor for Training and Technological Innovation Hossam Osman.

    Egypt hosts the United Nations African Technology Innovation Lab, which launch was announced by the President of the Republic in December 2017.  It aims to develop innovative technological solutions to address global challenges and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The meeting discussed the vision of the UNTIL strategy at the international level, the road map and the scope of work for the regional lab in Egypt. The current situation was also reviewed, since the lab equipment was completed. Recruitment of national and international staff is being under way and feasibility studies are being conducted on the targeted projects in the initial phase. The UNTIL scope of work in its first phase targets developing innovative solutions in four areas, including combating epidemics, supporting People with Disabilities (PwDs) education, rationalizing water consumption, and managing industrial waste.

    During the meeting they also agreed that the action plan should include organizing meetings to encourage young people to create innovative solutions.

    The first meeting is due to be held before the end of the year, discussing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and block chains.

    The meeting’s participants highlighted the importance of the lab, not only at the national level but also on the African continent and the Middle East Level.

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