18 August 2022
ICT Minister Visit to Minya


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has visited Minya Governorate to open and inspect several projects implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in rural villages within the framework of the Decent Life initiative. The ICT Minister was received by Governor of Minya Osama El-Qady.
 
During his visit, the ICT Minister held an extensive meeting with the Governor at Minya general bureau. The meeting was attended by officials from the governorate and MCIT. The meeting reviewed the latest developments in ICT, post, digital capacity-building, and digital transformation projects in Minya. It also discussed the latest developments in MCIT projects in the villages targeted within Decent Life.
 
Following the meeting, Talaat and El-Qady witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MCIT and Minya Governorate regarding the institutional development of the governorate. This development would be achieved through developing and building digital capabilities for employees in the governorate and its districts and villages. This is in addition to cooperating in promoting capacity building and investing in human resources as well as building knowledge societies in Decent Life villages in Minya.
 
The MoU is aimed at raising the efficiency of the employees’ performance. It is also aimed at disseminating knowledge for all community groups in Decent Life villages in the governorate by keeping pace with technological development, working to enhance digital awareness and inclusion, and raising community awareness of digital transformation projects. This is in addition to organizing programs for digital economic empowerment in Decent Life villages.
 
The ICT Minister and Minya Governor also witnessed the signing of a cooperation protocol between Minya Governorate and the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) on upskilling human calibers in digital transformation units and government departments of Minya Governorate, according to the latest ICT technologies supporting all sectors. This is in addition to cooperating in preparing ICT specialists.
 
The protocol includes qualifying more than 1,000 trainees as a first batch in the governorate in several disciplines, including the Internet of Things (IoT), data science and machine learning, networks, geographic information systems (GIS), and fiber-optic cables. According to the protocol, trainees will receive an integrated program of specialized courses as well as practical training according to the labor market needs in ICT, during the training. Training will provide international certificates from international companies in certain courses. Furthermore, a group of youth will also be trained as certified trainers.
 
Talaat and El-Qady inspected the Digital Transformation and Information Systems Department in Minya Governorate. The Department was established and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
 
In a related context, the ICT Minister and Minya Governor met with a group of youth and graduates enrolled in training programs at CREATIVA Innovation Hub in Minya. An open dialogue took place between the ICT Minister and various young people who received MCIT training programs at CREATIVA Innovation Hub.
 
Moreover, the ICT Minister and Minya Governor inspected the ICT infrastructure and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project site in Maasara Village, Mallawi City, Minya Governorate. The project is part of Telecom Egypt’s efforts to enable high-speed Internet access in the rural villages targeted within Decent Life.
 
In Maasara Village, the ICT Minister visited one of the families that has access to broadband Internet through fiber optic cables.
 
Furthermore, Talaat and El-Qady took a tour of Telecom Egypt’s Training Center in Minya, which serves nearly 1,400 employees in North Upper Egypt, Fayoum, Beni Suef, and Minya. The Training Center boasts halls, technical labs, computers, and spaces for administration and language skills training, serving employees in different departments of the company. The Center offers 200 specialized training programs for developing the employees’ technical, leadership, administration, language, project management, information systems, and other skills.
 
In a similar vein, the ICT Minister and Minya Governor opened two post offices: El Shabab and El Mostaqbal in El Menia El Gadida, and Maasaret Mallawy in Mallawi. The offices were modernized and equipped with state-of-the-art technology systems and solutions to deliver a wide range of financial, postal, and governmental services, as part of Egypt Post’s wide-ranging strategic plan for developing different sectors.
 
Furthermore, the ICT Minister and Minya Governor attended part of a digital and financial awareness session organized for citizens in Maasara Village, Mallawi City, Minya Governorate. The session was held under the digital awareness sub-pillar of the Decent Life initiative, within the capacity building and digital literacy pillar that MCIT is working to fulfill in the rural villages targeted within Decent Life. The aim is to build people’s capacity and educate them in IT through three sub-pillars: raising digital awareness, developing digital skills, and achieving digital economic empowerment.
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