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    ICT Minister Witnesses Signing MoU between MCIT, British Council

    Cairo, 3 September 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the British Council in Egypt.

    The aim is to build capacities of the National Academy of Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities (NAID) staff in developing innovative economy and community-return projects, in light of the growing interest in knowledge-based industries, including innovative industries, especially those aimed at addressing societal challenges.

    As per the MoU, MCIT, through NAID, and the British Council will cooperate to implement experience and education exchange programs and training programs of common interest through organizing workshops, conferences, and training programs, and carrying out joint research projects, and field and inspection visits.

    The MoU was signed by the ICT Ministerís Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer and the British Council Country Director Elizabeth White.

    NAID managed to train 1,900 Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in a number of advanced high accessibility training programs, whereas MCIT funded 300 Assistive Technology (AT) and technological accessibility projects, stated Shakweer.

    She added that such collaboration will help support NAID efforts to empower AT startups, and build PwDs capacities to meet market needs, through an inclusive community. This, accordingly, will ensure achieving sustainable development.

    For her part, White underlined that the British Council perceives the power of cultural and educational exchange with partners, in overcoming economic and social challenges, creating jobs and increasing local production.

    She referred to the UK successful experience in developing innovative economy transformed through a number of initiatives into a GBP 100 billion worth industry.

    In addition, White said that the comprehensive and innovative economics development program aims to create job opportunities for PwDs, women and different marginalized segments of society, and help achieve positive social change.

    The three-year MoU comes in line with the executive program of the cultural agreement between Egypt and the UK, as well as in the framework of MCIT efforts to promote AT industry in Egypt, and building youth capacity in AT software development and technological accessibility.

    This is in addition to building PwDs capacities in ICTs through fostering innovative and meaningful ideas to empower youth and PwDs using AT.

    Discussions are ongoing regarding cooperation between NAID and the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub, affiliated to University College London (UCL), UK, to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) for AT using Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a technology center for digital skills development. This is in addition to cooperating in joint research areas, including academic certificates.






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