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    Egypt Wins WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards 2019 in Digital Inclusion

    Cairo, 9 October 2019

    Egypt won the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Global ICT Excellence Award 2019 in Digital Inclusion, during the awards ceremony held yesterday during WITSA World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Yerevan, Armenia.

    The ICT Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer received the award.

    The ceremony was attended by the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, 20 ICT ministers, and more than 5,000 ICT experts from 80 countries around the world.

    Egypt won the award, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for its project titled “Lifelong Learning for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs),” for building PwDs capacities and their employment in ICTs.

    The project is the first of its kind in Egypt, and comes in line with the Egyptian government policies for empowering PwDs and improving their quality of life to achieve social justice. It is implemented in the framework of MCIT general strategy for empowering PwDs using ICTs.

    The award goes to special programs and initiatives that support PwDs and others suffering from social integration challenges, as well as to solutions that enable access of those persons who are not able to benefit from ICT tools with the traditional way. This is in addition to innovative solutions that help create decent job vacancies through ICT.

    The project comprises two main grants, announced at the request of PwDs. The first grant aims to eliminate IT illiteracy, while the second targets qualifying PwDs for certain ICT jobs.

    WITSA is a consortium of associations from the ICT industry in more than 80 countries and economies around the world. It represents over 90% of the world ICT market through its global membership.

    WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards 2019 go to service users and providers whose ICT uses and applications represent an exceptional achievement. Nominees to this award are nominated by ICT experts from 80 countries around the world.

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