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    On the Occasion of Alexandria’s National Day Minister Nazif Inaugurates New CIT Projects

    Cairo, 27 July 2002

    Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Communications and Information Technology accompanied by General Mohamed Abdel Salam Mahgoub, Governor of Alexandria, inaugurated today various CIT service projects of benefit to the people of the Governorate.

    Officials inaugurated four new exchanges; the Mostafa Kamel Exchange with capacity of lines reaching 59000 lines, the Karmouz Exchange with a capacity of 25000 lines, the Baheeg Exchange with a capacity reaching 2000 lines and the Abeess Exchange with a capacity of 2000 lines thus fulfilling the necessary needs of theses locations, ending all waiting lists. The total number of lines serving the Governorate has now reached 960,000 lines.

    Vigorous efforts are made to spread the use of information technology in the Governorate. Thus five Information Technology Clubs (ITCs) were inaugurated today in cooperation with Alexandria University. The Clubs are located in faculties of Commerce, Sciences, Pharmacy, the Community Service Center in Smouha and the College of Sports Education. Notably, the agreement with Alexandria University aims at spreading ITCs in the University campuses located in Marsa Matrouh, Beheira, and Alexandria. The number of ITCs in the Governorate has now reached 25, and four others are due to open soon, making more than 464 PCs available to users. Moreover, the MCIT signed an agreement with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce aiming at training Alexandria’s youth on basic IT skills, and encouraging them to acquire the International Computer Driving License – ICDL, offered by UNESCO office in Cairo. In addition the agreement aims at establishing a community service center catering for the Alexandria business community.

    The ITCs project is part of the Human Recourses Development Program at the Ministry. The primary function of the clubs is to address young people, including children with a message on IT and its role in shaping the life and relationships of all peoples, and in promoting creativity and competitiveness among the new generations. In this endeavor, the MCIT collaborates closely with the Ministries of Youth, Higher Education, Culture, Information, Education, and with NGOs, local governments and private-sector enterprises in the creation of the ITCs and in the dissemination of IT culture among all segments of the society.

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