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    MCIT, CAPMAS Cooperation Protocol Signed

    Cairo, 29 July 2013

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr Atef Helmy and the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) president, Gen Abou Bakr El Gendy signed a cooperation protocol for “Measuring Egypt’s Information Society Indicators” project 2013/ 2014.

    This comes as part of the ongoing cooperation between the two sides. The renewal of the joint cooperation protocol took place in the presence of the Ministry’s and the Agency’s executive leaders.

    Managed by the MCIT Information Center, the project measures Egypt’s information society indicators through a number of pillars: accessibility, the usage evolution and its features, revenue, expenditure and investment, in addition to the e-government indicators, e-commerce and social networks usage.

    The Information Center director, Dr Nagwa El Shenawy highlighted the project outcomes on top of which was the support given to the decision-makers in the government and the private sector.

    Relying on a diversified package of communications and information technology (ICT) indicators, decision-makers could shape and follow-up on different policies in order to achieve the strategic goals.

    Among the main outputs, Dr El Shenawy said there had been the update of an extensive database including various detailed indicators measuring the IT use in all fields at different social classes.

    The project also identified Egypt’s rank on the world map of information society by providing the international organizations and multinationals working in the field with an updated database and information system  of the ICT sector.

    This is to position Egypt in the proper place it deserves regionally and internationally and to pump local and foreign investments in the sector.

    Moreover, the indicators helped to identify the challenges and obstacles that prevented the ICT spread in some of the State sectors and narrowing the digital gap between the urban and rural areas by setting policies and taking necessary actions.

    Several quarterly and annual reports are issued within the framework of the project presenting the ICT usage among the different society members and classes, with a main focus on individuals’ and households’ usage.

    In 2012, the households’ usage of computer reached 49.6 % knowing that 37.8% of the Egyptian households have a computer at their homes and 32.2% of them surf the internet at home.

    Moreover, considered the best tool to access the internet, the ADSL is used by 95% of households. The majority use the ADSL with a 256 KG/ sec speed.

    Additionally, 69% of the total number of private sector entities were using PCs in 2012, while 46%  used the internet. Moreover, the ADSL preoccupies the first rank as the best communication tool to access internet knowing that 84% establishment rely on it.

    On the other hand, 48.6% of individuals used the internet to write information or short messages, while 40.3% used the internet for education activities.

    As for the establishments, the usage of internet to get information about the services and products preoccupied the first rank with a percentage of 77.1%.

    This was followed by sending and receiving  emails with a percentage of 75.6% and the customer services with a percentage of 46.5%.

    The project launched thanks to the recommendations of the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS) Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005. In this context, the international organizations annually review the countries efforts to implement these recommendations.

    Consequently, the project, since its launch, aimed to create a group of indicators to measure the Egyptian information society and follow up on the socio-economic impact of the ICT sector based on the lessons learned and recommendations issued in this regard by a number of international organizations.

    On top of these organizations come the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the World Bank (WB), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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