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    During EITESAL Annual Celebration, ICT Minister Showcases ICT Sector Indicators

    Cairo, 10 July 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Amr Talaat highlighted the increase of ICT sector indicators during the fiscal year 2018/2019 compared to last fiscal year. Dr. Talaat presented the most prominent of these indictors, such as the increase of sector growth rate that reached 16% with an increase of 2% compared to last fiscal year, the increase of ICT sectorís contribution to gross domestic product from 3.2% to 4% with the pursuit of reaching 5% in the coming years, the increase of investment value in ICT sector during the same year from 28 billion EGP to 35 billion EGP with an increase of more than 20%, and the increase of export volume of digital services from 3.2 billion USD to 3.6 billion USD with an increase of 12.5%. 

    Dr. Talaat introduced these indicators in his speech on the 15th anniversary of EITESAL Ė a civil society organization operating in the ICT sector Ė in the presence of EITESAL board of directors, chaired by Dr. Hazem El Tahawy and EITESALís member companies.

    Dr. Talaat added that Egypt occupies the second place in the Middle East and North Africa in terms of the volume of investments in startup companies and is the fastest growing country in the region in entrepreneurship with an increase of 6% compared to last year. He pointed out that around 1418 new ICT companies were established in the last fiscal year with an increase of 6% compared to previous fiscal year and that the IT services market in Egypt reached a volume of 145.7 million USD in 2018 and is expected to reach 220.5 million USD by 2023. This reflects the high growth rate of IT service companies in Egypt and their ability to increase their customers, open new markets and the confidence of the international society in the Egyptian companies operating in the ICT sector as well as in the skills of Egyptian youth working in this industry. He also praised the role played by EITESAL in supporting the IT industry development efforts in Egypt. 

    In the framework of MCITís implementation of a number of initiatives that aim at building the capacities of young people according to the pillar of Egyptian Human Capacity Building, Dr. Talaat displayed the most important indicators, such as the increase of number of trainees enrolled in the training programs provided by the ITI and NTI from 4000 to 5200 with an increase of 20% and with the pursuit of increasing the training opportunities by establishing 6 new branches of both institutes this year to reach 11 branches all over Egypt. He also indicated that the average ratio of operation in the 9-month training program implemented by the ITI reached 83% and 100% in some specializations. He as well revealed that around 1300 specialists were trained and approved in the field of software, embedded systems and software development and quality at the Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) with an increase of 34%. In addition, the Next Technology Leaders initiative witnessed that graduation of 1500 trainees with global accredited certificates from the most prestigious universities and global companies with an increase of 11%. Moreover, the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) trained more than 2100 students and entrepreneurs and incubated more than 25 startup companies with an increase of 15%.

    Furthermore, Dr. Talaat demonstrated the efforts exerted in improving the services of communications, internet and information infrastructure, such as the opening of a new center, specialized in measuring the quality of voice services and mobile internet all over Egypt through new, more accurate devices. He also pointed out that the Telecom Egypt increased internet speeds three fold and that these services are also available in the companies that provide internet service in Egypt. 

    In his speech, Dr. Talaat presented the projects implemented by the MCIT in order to contribute to the transformation towards a digital society, whereas the first package of digital government services will be launched in a few weeks in Port Said governorate, which was selected as a pilot project, while the remaining services will be launched later this year to reach 25 main digital government services that include 150 sub digital government services provided through a number of outlets.

    Dr. Talaat also pointed out to the projects implemented by the MCIT in cooperation of the various sectors in Egypt to achieve digital transformation, such as the automation of health insurance that will be experimentally launched in Port Said and will be later spread out in the governorates of Ismailia, Suez and Luxor in the first phase; the automation of taxes to establish a fair tax society; and the automation of investment areas. In addition, Dr. Talaat introduced the MCITís vision to develop the post to become an outlet that offers government services, whereas numerous government services were provided and a thousand post offices were developed last year, reaching 1800 developed post offices out of 4000 target post offices.

    Moreover, Dr. Talaat added that 45 telemedicine units were built in poor and remote areas out of 100 target units planned by the end of the current year. Also, 20 thousand teachers of special education and integration were trained and the National Academy of Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities (NAID) was established, where 1600 persons were trained and a large number of them got jobs through recruitment competitions as an indicator of the effectiveness and importance of the training programs provided by the academy.

    The event also witnessed the recognition of Dr. Abd El Rahman El Sawy as the person of the year 2018 in ICT sector, of Eng. Yahya El Atfi for his contribution to the support of digital transformation process, and AvidBeam as the best company in the field of information technology. In addition, Telecom Egypt was selected as EITESALís best partner, ATOM was awarded the prize of the late Tarek El Eiseely as the best startup company and Swvl was selected as the best Egyptian technology application.

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