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    MCIT, GAFI Cooperation Protocol to Develop Information Systems

    Cairo, 29 April 2014

    Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb witnessed today the signing of a cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI)--affiliated to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment--which aims to develop technology infrastructure and update information systems in GAFI by means of providing it with networks, equipment and necessary communication lines.

    The protocol was signed by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour.

    The protocol comes in line with the governmentís keenness to implement its strategy for improving the efficiency and performance of all authorities affiliated to the administrative body of the state by using ICT.

    This is achieved through close and constructive collaboration between all ministries in their respective fields. It is also attained by supporting the plan of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment which targets enhancing governmental performance, improving service provision to investors in all fields, making information available through the optimal use of available technologies in the field of ICT and supporting GAFI activity in developing and encouraging local and foreign investment.

    Terms of the protocol includes a number of projects; namely, developing the system for start-up companies through developing ICT applications for their work cycle, electronic linking of all participating bodies involved in the process to start by connecting GAFI to notarization and documentation offices as a primary phase.

    This is in addition to automating and offering GAFI investment services through its official website, creating and developing a contact center to provide services to investors from receiving requests to follow-up on services, as well as developing e-portal for GAFI through which automated services could be published and offered to investors and applying an e-archive system.

    These projects will contribute to enhancing the efficiency of service provision to investors, as well as automating start-up companiesí services and making them available on the internet by means of linking bodies responsible for issuing start-up companiesí contracts and automating and providing afterward services for investors.

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