7 December 2023
Egypt Partakes in COP28; MCIT Project Garners Int’l Recognition for Sustainable Development


Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), has participated in a panel discussion held during the Energy and Industry, Just Transition, and Indigenous Peoples Day of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, UAE.
 
The panel discussion took place at the Blue Zone. It was joined by the winners of the Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development 2022, one of which is the Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development in Egypt (DT4SDE) project of MCIT, which won the Prize in UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth.
 
The project is carried out by the Central Department of Digital Community Development at MCIT, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It received the third category prize, specified for projects implemented by governmental bodies (ministries and public institutions) or social business enterprises.
 
DT4SDE aims to improve the quality of life by employing ICT tools and applications, raising awareness of the power of technology, and supporting sustainable community development. This is achieved by building digital capacity and qualifying people to cope with the digital transformation, helping build a digital society.
 
The panel shed light on MCIT efforts to achieve digital transformation by introducing ICT tools to attain community development, culminating in the DT4SDE winning the international prize. The project implementation faced some challenges, most notably a high unemployment rate, especially in women and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). Efforts were, therefore, intensified to capitalize on ICT as a powerful tool to address unemployment challenges and promote social, economic, and environmental involvement, especially for the neediest.
 
The future vision for the project was also highlighted during the panel. Taking advantage of the Prize, which represents an impetus towards replicating and developing the work model, MCIT will work with partners, international and local stakeholders, to expand the project’s reach. The aim is to serve more youth, women, and PwDs, qualifying them to find decent jobs and training opportunities in entrepreneurship, freelancing, and IT. These efforts will help build a talent pool and a digital society where science and technology are the main components, come out with the best experiences and practices, and deliver more services in line with Egypt’s Vision 2030.
 
It is worth noting that COP28 takes place from November 30 to December 12. The Conference is a decisive moment to act on climate commitments and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Held on December 5, the Energy and Industry, Just Transition, and Indigenous Peoples Day spotlighted the role of technology in enabling a just energy transition and overcoming challenges such as decarbonizing high-emitting sectors and ensuring inclusive energy access.
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