1 November 2020
Egypt Partakes in IGF 2020


Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), is participating in the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), organized by the United Nations (UN), online, under the overarching theme “Internet for human resilience and solidarity.”
 
The IGF 2020 pre-events, newcomers sessions, thematic introductory sessions, as well as the Open Forums, National and Regional IGF Initiatives (NRIs) and Dynamic Coalition (DC) sessions are held on November 2–6, during the meeting's first phase. The second phase of the meeting takes place on November 9- 17, including workshops, main sessions, the high-level leader's track, a parliamentary roundtable, and thematic concluding sessions.
 
MCIT is participating in IGF 2020 pre-event #30, “from principles to practice: Artificial Intelligence and the role of the private sector”, held on November 3,  and the pre-event #39 “OECD - policy responses from COVID19 and the digital economy”, held on November 4. This is in addition to the event #21 “strengthening implementation capacities for AI ethics”, held on November 5.

NTRA is participating in several events, in addition to its participation as a member in the UN Secretary-General’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum.

NTRA is presenting the Egyptian experience and measures taken to confront the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as its impact on leveraging the internet in different sectors. This is in addition to the solutions adopted to keep pace with the surge of traffic on networks, especially with the attraction of investments amounting to around USD 1.6 billion, infused into the development of the infrastructure in Egypt. These investments have enabled the Egyptian telecommunications market to keep pace with the changes, effectively, and has increase the user's confidence in relying on the Internet in different life aspects.

This year's Forum sheds light on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the digital environment, the best effective models for utilizing digital solutions in facing the pandemic, and the global governance mechanisms and tools required to mitigate the negative impact and make effective use of the internet in recovering from that negative impact on the global economy, and advancing economic and social development.

The Forum brings together experts and leaders from all stakeholder groups, including governments, civil society, private sector, technical communities, intergovernmental and international organizations, from different parts of the world, to engage in live discussions on some of today’s most pressing Internet governance and digital policy issues, from digital inclusion and data governance, to online trust and environmental sustainability.
 
The program will include over 150 sessions grouped into four main thematic tracks: data, environment, inclusion, and trust. The discussions will also reflect on the IGF role as an institutional framework for improving global digital cooperation.
 
IGF is a global multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates discussions on public policy issues pertaining to Internet governance. It was one of the most important outcomes of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that mandated the United Nations Secretary-General to formally convene the Forum.

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