20 March 2023
‘National Initiative for Green Smart Projects’ Round II Launches

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development announce launching the second round of the National Initiative for Green Smart Projects in Governorates.
The initiative is part of the national efforts to achieve nationwide sustainable development. It aims to raise awareness of climate change issues and challenges in all governorates of Egypt and highlight the role of the private sector and civil society in achieving sustainable development.
Participation in the National Initiative for Green Smart Projects is open to all groups of society, especially women, reflecting the country’s efforts to empower women as development partners in different sectors.
Objectives of the initiative include focusing on implementation and application, addressing the environmental dimension and climate change, and fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and digital transformation through impactful projects. This is in addition to creating a governorate-level map for green smart projects, helping connect projects with national and international funding agencies and investors.
Round one was a success. It received applications of 6,200 projects, and after evaluation, 162 projects (six from each governorate) were selected. After further evaluation and assessments, the best 18 projects were announced, and they were presented at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27), held in November in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The initiative targets green smart projects in six categories: large projects, medium-sized projects, small-scale domestic projects (as part of Decent Life Initiative), projects by start-ups, not-for-profit community activities; and gender-related, climate change- and sustainability-focused projects.
Participation is open to companies, individuals, and public and private agencies. Submitted projects must meet certain criteria, including that the project must be green and smart, according to the evaluation criteria for each category, and it must be submitted in the category where it fits best, based on the size and nature of work of the applicant (not-for-profit/gender-related). Additionally, a submitted project, one of its phases, or a prototype of it must have been implemented or be implementable. It must also meet pressing needs in a governorate or involve an innovative aspect. The project must be within the borders of the governorate where it is submitted.
Within the second round, projects are evaluated based on several criteria including the environmental impact, energy efficiency, renewable energy, economic feasibility, social impact, level of innovation, use of smart technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution applications, the project’s expandability and applicability, and sustainability of project results. Additional criteria for gender-related projects include women’s empowerment and equal opportunities, among others.
The role of MCIT in the initiative includes setting the selection criteria and organizing sessions in all governorates to introduce investors and entrepreneurs to smart projects and their objectives and application criteria. MCIT, through Creativa Innovation Hubs, promotes the initiative among members of the IT community and explains its different categories and terms. MCIT is also responsible for attracting major ICT companies to support winning projects, financially or technically, and acting as a jury member that evaluates projects at the governorate level.
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