Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
11 January 2012
ICT Cooperation to Transfer Egyptian Experience in Technology and Capacity Building to Ethiopia

Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem, is going on a business trip to Addis Ababa on the 18th - 19th of January on the top of a high-level MCIT delegation to Ethiopia.

This comes in line with the trend towards accessing the African markets and opening channels of economic cooperation with African countries, especially the Nile Basin countries.

Boosting cooperation between Egypt and Ethiopia and activating partnership initiatives with the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), are the main target of this visit.  This could be achieved through activating the mechanisms of the Egyptian Initiative for the development of the information society in the African countries.

According to H.E. Dr. Salem, this visit shall include signing the Letter of Intent with the Ethiopian side, under the umbrella of the Egyptian-Ethiopian initiative aiming at developing the ICT cooperation. This is to serve as a common framework between both sides to determine the implementation mechanisms for the next phase.

The agreement implies benefiting from the Egyptian expertise in the development of human calibers and the provision of ICT training. ICT training includes several domains, such as securing cyberspace, frequency spectrum management as well as pumping more investments in this field.

Besides, according to the agreement, the Egyptian experts are to enhance the knowledge of the Ethiopian side in electronic applications, e-government services, and creating a regulatory and legislative environment for the ICT policies, especially when it comes to frequency spectrum management, the same as the Egyptian experience that has been transmitted to many countries in the region.

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