Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
28 March 2021
MCIT Partakes in EGSSMI21

The Central Department for Community Development at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) participated in Electronic Gates Supporting Small and Medium Industries 2021 (EGSSMI21) conference, organized by High Heel Egyptian Entrepreneurs initiative, on March 28. The conference was sponsored by the Federation of Egyptian Industries, the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC), the Handicraft Industry Chamber, and the Egyptian Export Council for Handicrafts.
The Head of the Central Department for Community Development delivered a talk where she highlighted MCIT role to achieve the digital transformation. She stated that the ICT sector flourished during COVID-19, as that was a good opportunity for preparing the Egyptian society for the digital transformation through furthering the use of internet tools and applications in all the aspects of communication and transactions, especially e-commerce.
She shed light on MCIT efforts to create a safe and smooth environment for e-commerce to serve both customers and business owners. This comes as the government attaches great importance to issuing the necessary legislation to govern e-commerce in Egypt, including the Personal Data Protection Law and the Anti-Cybercrime Law, to protect the rights of Internet users.
Moreover, she introduced Qodwa-Tech initiative, which MCIT launched in 2019 to help empower Egyptian women economically and socially using ICT with the aim to support the digital transformation and help create productive communities that draw on qualified and skilled girls and women. After studying the needs of local communities, the handicraft sector was selected with the aim to support such industry in e-commerce, and help craftswomen open new markets for their products.
Furthermore, she presented the skills that Qodwa-Tech participants acquire through the training, the integrated technology solutions that the initiative provides to the participants, and the initiative future vision, which requires concerting and coordinating efforts to create a sustainable development model capable of improving the financial situation of women and girls specializing in handicrafts.
EGSSMI aims to develop an integrated vision for the entities and initiatives working to support craftswomen and small- and medium-sized enterprises, and present the promising opportunities provided by digital marketing and e-commerce web and mobile phone applications, for supporting the handicraft industry.

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