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    ICT Minister Partakes in MAL Program Closing Ceremony

    Cairo, 28 March 2017

    MCIT supports graduated developers to participate in international forums related to their specialization

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady and a delegation of officials from Google-Middle East and North Africa, headed by the Managing Director Lino Cattaruzzi, attended, today, the closing ceremony of the Mobile Application Launchpad Program (MAL), where more than 1,200 developers, specialized in developing mobile Android applications, graduated and earned certification.

    During the closing ceremony, Google’s officials said that Egypt has the highest turnout in the program worldwide, especially in this type of training programs. In this context, ElKady said he would support a number of MAL graduates to participate in the annual forum “Google I/O 17”, held in San Francisco, USA. He urged them to engage in entrepreneurship in order to become active members in the development of the country's economy.

    MAL Program is implemented on the Udacity platform, in collaboration with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and the Information Technology Institute (ITI). The program is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in collaboration with Google. For the past two years, the training content— which was localized into Arabic— consisted of more than 225,000 hours of training and guiding, in addition to seminars held in Cairo, Giza, Assiut, Mansoura and Alexandria. Trainees were also professionally supported through organizing two job fairs to introduce them to more than 50 Egyptian and international companies in coordination with Wuzzuf.

    ElKady said that Egypt is taking steady steps to empower young people and develop their technological capabilities in accordance with the sector's strategy, one of its key pillars is to develop the spirit of entrepreneurship, support startups, create a good environment for innovation and creation and provide opportunities to enter markets and run successful marketing. The ICT Minister stated that MCIT and its affiliates offer a series of specialized training programs—by means of different methods to reach all trainees in the ICT field and increase their competitiveness—to meet local and regional demands of calibers developing technology and applications.

    Cattaruzzi said that Egypt possesses a potential wealth of talent pools in technology. With MAL, developers can unlock their potentials with the right support. Egypt needs more entrepreneurs and developers in order to shift into the digital economy. He added that these talented young people can achieve more, and will have an impact on future generations and the ecosystem of the digital world.

    During the ceremony, the ICT Minister participated in announcing MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Awards, which allowed a number of MAL graduates to get opportunities of funding, guidance and technical consultation for their startups and applications.

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