19 March 2019
ICT Minister, Russian Counterpart Discuss Enhancing Cooperation in ICTs

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has received the Russian Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Konstantin Noskov, during his visit to Egypt heading a high-level Russian delegation, including government officials, and representatives of 20 private companies and a number of developmental bodies and educational institutions.

They discussed enhancing cooperation between Egypt and Russia and business integration, and promoting new investments in the Egyptian ICT sector. The meeting was attended by the Russian Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Kravchenko.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly received Noskov, in the presence of Talaat, where the former stressed the significance of joint cooperation between the two countries to support Egypt’s efforts in promoting digital transformation and the electronics industry development.

A plenary meeting followed, where the two ministers, officials from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and its affiliates, and the Russian delegation attended. The meeting highlighted the depth of relations between Egypt and Russia in all areas, especially in ICTs, and the need to boost cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, Talaat presented the strategy of the Egyptian ICT sector, based on two pillars including achieving digital transformation, in cooperation with the state’s institutions, and building the Egyptian citizen. He referred to Egypt’s efforts to implement an economic reform program, while creating a legislative environment and improving the investment climate.

In addition, the ICT Minister highlighted the advantages of investing in the ICT sector and the significance of cooperation with Russia in ICT, especially in Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science, and cybersecurity. He agreed with the Russian Minister to visit Moscow this year to explore the Russian ICT sector’s projects.

On his part, Noskov presented the Russian ICT sector’s strategy, stating that the Russian companies look forward to being present and investing in Egypt. He said that the meeting opens up opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in ICT, and referred to Egypt as a significant partner for Russia, given its chairmanship of the African Union (AU). In addition, he hailed the recent ties between the two countries, and stressed the importance of cooperation in ICT at the same level.

The two sides agreed on establishing joint cooperation in relevant fields, especially electronics industry, capacity building, digital skills, cybersecurity, e-government services, and 5G technology experiments in both countries. They also agreed on the significance of adopting the ICT Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the two countries signed in 2016, to develop areas of cooperation consistent with the new strategic directions of both countries and areas of common interest, and develop an action plan based on a specific timetable of implementation.

Furthermore, they discussed the available investment opportunities in the ICT sector, and the incentives and facilities offered to investors to attract Russian investments to Egypt. This is in addition to encouraging Russian companies to take advantage of Egypt’s competitive advantages including qualified calibers, and its distinctive geographical location as a gateway to opening up new markets for Russian companies to serve their clients in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
They also discussed the areas of cooperation in ICT between the educational institutions in both countries, especially in modern technological trends such as AI and data science. The two sides agreed on intensifying meetings to develop practical mechanisms for cooperation in the agreed upon areas.
From the Egyptian delegation, the meeting was attended by the Chairman  of the Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO)  Essam Al-Saghir, Acting Executive President of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Mustafa Abdel-Wahed, Associate ICT Minister for Networks and ICT Infrastructure Hossam El-Gamal, Deputy ICT Minister for Human and Institutional Capacity Development and Acting CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Hala El Gohary, Advisor to the ICT Minister for Electronics Industry Hossam Othman, Advisor to the ICT Minister for Technology Parks Sherine El-Gendy, Telecom Egypt (TE) CEO and Managing Director Adel Hamed, Chairwoman of the Information Technology Institute (ITI) Heba Saleh, Acting Director of the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) Iman Ashour, and Director of International Relations Division at MCIT Mohamed El Gawsaky. This is in addition to other MCIT officials.

From the Russian side, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Mikhail Mamonov, Assistant to the Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Kirill Savinov, and Head of the Unit of Cooperation with Foreign States, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Maksim Kiselev, attended the meeting.

The Russian delegation’s visit to Egypt was at the invitation of the Egyptian ICT Minister to his Russian counterpart to introduce the current developments in the Egyptian ICT sector and discuss enhancing means of cooperation in many relevant fields.

Furthermore, the Russian delegation paid yesterday a visit—arranged by MCIT—to ITIDA, where ITIDA strategy, projects, and initiatives were presented. The delegation also visited ITI premises, during which they discussed means of cooperation and how to take advantage of the advanced educational system and technological training in Russia, in modern trends such as AI and data science.
Moreover, the delegation visited the Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team (EG-CERT), and concluded their visit with a plenary meeting at TE premises, where they discussed the opportunities and areas of cooperation with Russian companies.

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