24 April 2009
Dr. Kamel Inaugurates SQS Regional Branch in Egypt

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel inaugurated today the regional branch of Software Quality Systems (SQS) Group at Egypt's Contact Center Park in Maadi disctrict. The SQS branch will export quality assurance and testing services of software programs from Egypt to regional and European markets.

Dr. Kamel, accompanied by Chief Financial Officer Mr. René Gawron, toured the company, reviewing the operations there and the services offered to the SQS clients around the world.

Minister Kamel stated that commencing the SQS branch in Egypt comes as a continuation of the opening of branches of international information and communication technology (ICT) companies in Egypt, despite the current Global Financial Crisis. The crisis had a less impact on ICT, especially in Egypt, which reflects a great trust in the Egyptian investment climate, he added.

Egypt, Dr. Kamel noted, is moving steadily towards achieving its target; that is to acquire its fair share of the software export industry. The country, according to him, is strongly qualified to realize this goal based on several international reports, proving Egypt's status and steady growth in this domain.
The SQS new branch is the output of the cooperation agreement signed between Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and SQS Group in October 2007 under the auspices of Dr. Kamel.

The company's activities kicked off in the first quarter of 2008 by hiring 100 specialized fresh graduates, to be 170 ones by the end of this year. The company's workforce is expected to reach 500 newly graduated specialists over the next three years. SQS Egypt held specialized training centers for its employees in cooperation with Information Technology Institute (ITI).

SQS Egypt, during the year it has operated in the country, had tremendous achievements in attracting new clients from European companies operating in insurance, banking, telecommunication and aerospace.

SQS Group selected Egypt to be the venue of its branch, after considering other countries like India, Romania and Bulgaria, due to its distinguished geographic location, sound investment climate, efficient infrastructure and skillful multilingual human capital.

Founded in Cologne, Germany, in 1982, SQS Group is Europe's largest independent provider of software testing and quality management services. The company has also a strong presence in the UK and offices in Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland.
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