28 December 2021
MCIT Delegation Visit to Estonia



A delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), headed by the ICT Minister Amr Talaat, has paid an official two-day visit to Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss strengthening cooperation between Egypt and Estonia in ICT areas and learn from Estonia’s leading experience in digital transformation.

During his visit, Talaat met with the Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Andres Sutt. They discussed enhancing cooperation in digital transformation, e-government applications, and cybersecurity. The meeting also discussed the Estonian efforts in digitizing government services, including launching the e-Estonia movement to transform into a digital country and render electronic services in voting, tax, business, banking, ticketing, and education.

Talaat also met with the Global Affairs Director at the Estonian Government CIO Office Indrek Õnnik, and Director of National Cyber Security Raul Rikk. The meeting addressed the proposed areas of cooperation between the two countries to benefit from the Estonian experience in digital transformation in several areas, most notably digital identity, policies, and regulations for achieving digital transformation, and data governance.

Moreover, the ICT Minister met with officials and representatives of member companies of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), chaired by CEO Doris Põld. The meeting aimed at exploring the digital solutions that the companies offer to serve and develop various fields, in addition to discussing investment opportunities in the Egyptian ICT sector. During the meeting, ITL member companies reviewed the top technological solutions supporting a successful digital transformation, the benefits of e-justice, the use of digital identity in rendering public services through smartphones, smart city planning, and employing technology to develop tax management.

The Egyptian delegation also held talks with Nortal, a leading company specializing in digital transformation. In addition, the ICT Minister met with Nortal CEO Priit Alamäe. The two sides discussed cooperation in achieving digital transformation and the transition to a participatory government.

Furthermore, the ICT Minister met with the Head of the Law Department at TalTech Law School Tanel Kerikmäe to discuss cooperation in AI. The meeting discussed the top uses of AI in the government sector and the vast experience that Estonia possesses in this area.

Talaat also met with the Director of eGovernment Technologies at eGovernance Academy (eGA) Arvo Ott. They discussed areas of potential cooperation, most notably empowering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in digital transformation projects; upskilling youth in digital game development, cybersecurity, advanced technology, and blockchain; building the digital capacity of state employees; and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

The ICT Minister concluded his visit with visiting the headquarters of the Estonian Council of Ministers, where he met with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

The meetings were attended by Egypt’s Ambassador to Finland and Non-Resident Ambassador to Estonia Haitham Salah; Deputy Minister for Administrative Development, Digital Transformation and Automation Khaled El Attar; Assistant Minister for Strategy and Implementation Sherine El-Guindy; and Vice President of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency and Chairperson of the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) Hossam Osman.

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