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    ICT Minister Inspects Work for Transforming Sultana Malak Palace, Cairo University Owned Building into Innovation, Entrepreneurship Centers

    Cairo, 25 August 2020

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat inspected, today, the ongoing renovation work and preparations for transforming Sultana Malak’s Palace and a Cairo University-owned building, in Bein El Sarayat area, into innovation and entrepreneurship development centers.

    This comes in the state’s keenness to transform buildings of cultural value, owned by state agencies, into centers for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among youth, and as part of the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to provide an enabling environment for technological innovation.

    During his tour, Talaat listened to an explanation, provided by the companies managing the project, about the ongoing development work in the two buildings, and the current situation of the renovation work that ensures preserving the buildings’ historic character.

    The ICT Minister underlined that human capital development is a top priority in MCIT work plans. He added that MCIT strives to establish an innovation culture and support entrepreneurship through creating an enabling climate and providing services and an ICT infrastructure that promotes technological innovation among youth, through centers that bring authenticity together with contemporaneity. This is to help develop innovative technological solutions that contribute to achieving economic and social development, Talaat said, referring to MCIT efforts to establish centers for technological innovation nationwide.

    It is important that the renovation work helps preserve the architectural style, identity and cultural value of the two buildings, stated Talaat, adding that work has be done to re-employ the buildings and transform them into innovation and entrepreneurship centers, according to the agreed schedule.

    Renovation of the buildings includes a set of necessary technical and technological construction works, as well as different architectural aspects, to preserves their historic value.

    Establishing a center for innovation and entrepreneurship in Sultana Malak’s Palace, located in front of the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis, is within the framework of the cooperation protocol signed between MCIT, represented by Telecom Egypt; the Ministry of Public Business Sector, represented by Heliopolis Company for Housing and Development; and the Ministry of Education. On the other hand, establishing a center for innovation and entrepreneurship in the building owned by Cairo University, in Bein El Sarayat area, is within the framework of the cooperation protocol signed between MCIT and Cairo University.

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