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    ICT Minister Opens AGDA Conference, Exhibition

    Cairo, 31 October 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has opened the Future of App and Game Development in Africa (AGDA) Conference and Exhibition, held on October 31- November 2.

    AGDA is held within the framework of Africa App Launchpad (AAL) presidential initiative that targets training 10K Egyptian and African young people on digital games and mobile applications development technologies, as well as establishing 100 Egyptian and African startups in this field.

    The opening ceremony was attended by the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Hala El Gohary, and the Minister's Advisor for Technology Innovation, Electronics and Training Hossam Osman.

    The Conference of which ITIDA is a government organizing partner, aims to create a strategic platform for governmental and private stakeholders is Africa to support and leverage the game and app industry. This is in addition to providing the necessary expertise and a comprehensive rich experience to developers and programmers in Egypt and Africa.

    The ICT Minister said during his speech that digital games are not just an entertainment and fun tool, they have rather become a serious and key industry underpinning IT economics in major countries. He added that the game and interactive media industry achieved revenues of around 120 billion dollars worldwide in 2018, and is expected to hit 130 billion dollars by the end of this year, and 200 billion dollars by 2022.

    Talaat highlighted that this industry has become an important tool that effectively contributes to improving and developing education, and raising awareness in all life aspects.

    Moreover, the ICT Minister stated that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is implementing AAL presidential initiative. He said that more than 5k young people from 19 African countries registered for the initiative since its launch last year, and called on the attending youth to join the initiative through registering on the platform that ITIDA launched.

    Talaat asserted that the training programs in digital games development are available for free for the youth enrolled in the initiative. AAL targets establishing 100 startups in this filed within three years using ITIDA’s support of new ideas through training, business accelerators, and bringing together investors and startups. He said that investors are eager to support young people and develop their ideas by turning them into products that live up to compete in global markets.

    Following his speech, the ICT Minister presented the awards to the winning teams of Egypt AppCup competition. Egypt AppCup was launched in September in collaboration between Huawei Technologies and the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) affiliated to ITIDA, to create innovative solutions based on mobile phones and android apps, to support transportation, health and tourism sectors.

    ITIDA launched and sponsored the first specialized competition in digital games and applications in Africa, namely “African App Launchpad Cup”. ITIDA also provides screens to display the initiative details to the developers in the exhibition, and allows them to register for the competition.

    Held in conjunction with Insomnia Egypt gaming festival, AGDA conference provides an opportunity for transferring knowledge and sharing experiences through leveraging various workshops in different programming areas, provided by experts from international game design and development companies, such as Epic and Unity.

    This is in addition to holding a number of technical activities, panel sessions and presentations provided by local and international companies, bringing together publishers, telecom operators, e-payment companies and content creators.

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