26 September 2010
Dr. Kamel receives Chinese Minister of Industry and IT and Both Witness Signing Of Cooperation Protocol between NTI and ZTE Company

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel held talks today with Chinese Minister of Industry and IT Li Yizhong where they discussed means of booting bilateral cooperation in the field of communications and information technology (ICT).

The two Ministers reviewed the Chinese investments in Egypt’s ICT sector and means of enhancing them over the coming period, as many Chinese ICT companies have been operating in Egypt.

During the meeting, Dr. Kamel welcomed the Chinese Minister, who visits Egypt for the fifth time, and the accompanying delegation.

Dr. Kamel also commended the distinguished Egyptian-Chinese cooperation in ICT, which dates back the period before 2006, when the Egyptian Minister visited China.

During that visit Minister Kamel signed a number of agreements that later turned into several ICT projects in Egypt.

Minister Kamel said that his talks with the Chinese Minister addressed numerous issues related to investment, training and human resource development.

Dr. Kamel stressed the mutual understanding between the two countries regarding the necessity of cooperation on all levels, and coordination as to the coming conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The two sides also agreed to work on augmenting the role of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the international levels over the coming phase.

Dr. Kamel said that he called on Minster Li for China’s support to the Cyber Peace Initiative sponsored by the First Lady Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak which aims to protect children and youngsters online.
Minister Kamel expressed pleasure for having Chinese investments and companies operating in the Egyptian market, referring to them as giant companies that achieved tremendous success.

Two bright examples are ZTE and Huawei, which came to have strong existence in the Egyptian market.

Dr. Kamel further said that Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) wishes to expand the range of Chinese activities in Egypt, either with Telecom Egypt or mobile and internet service providers, with an emphasis on the Egyptian youth, offering them training and qualifying them to operate in the IT market.

For his part, the Chinese Minister lauded the historical ties between Egypt and China, and their civilizations, together with the shared views with regards to several ICT issues at international forums.

He also praised the great development of mutual ties on all levels, referring to the efforts exerted by the Egyptian Government to support the presence of Chinese companies in the Egyptian market. Minister Li invited Dr. Kamel to visit China in the near future.

Meanwhile, both Ministers witnessed the signing ceremony of the cooperation protocol between the Chinese company ZTE and the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI).

ZTE will set up an advanced training and systems research development center at the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) premises in the Smart Village.

The would-be center will be equipped with the state-of-the-art technical devices produced by ZTE, covering the fields of telecommunications, broadband networks and LTE technology. ZTE will also offer training for the NTI engineers and teaching staff at its headquarters in China.

The NTI Director Dr. Ahmed El-Sherbini said that the center is expected to be one of the latest for telecommunications in Egypt and the Middle East when it initiates its activities, one year after the agreement is signed.

Dr. El-Sherbini, also Advisor to Minister of Communications and IT on International Cooperation, added that the NTI would develop and modernize its training and research systems, which will augment its role as a center of excellence in communications in Egypt and the Middle East.

The new protocol goes in line with the cooperation between NTI and ZTE which took off six years ago. It started with establishing the first integrated laboratory for CDMA technology in the region at the NTI headquarters.

Dr. El-Sherbini signed the agreement with ZTE Regional Director in Egypt Jason Jaya.

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