Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
19 February 2015
MCIT, ICDL Arabia Sign Cooperation Protocol to Launch ICDL Grants

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy witnessed today the signing of a cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and ICDL Arabia to launch 152 thousand International Computer Driving License (ICDL) grants to enhance skills of employees at the administrative body of the state and civil society.

The three-year protocol, subject to renewal, aims to activate the 100 thousand ICDL grant for employees of the government and administrative body of the state. The protocol is in line with Egypt’s government efforts to sharpen calibers’ ICT skills and contribute to implementing e-government project.

Helmy has said the state is keen to develop skills of employees of the administrative body and provide them with latest technology programs that will enable them to easily carry out their duties, bearing in mind the ICT role in facilitating communication with citizens and providing services while saving time and effort of all parties.

Director General of ICDL Arabia Jamil Ezzo has said that Egypt occupies the second place globally in terms of the number of registered people in the ICDL program after England, surpassing Italy, Ireland and Poland. This confirms the high capabilities of Egypt in cultural and digital domains. He has added that they were proud in ICDL Arabia to work with MCIT in supporting the digital culture in the country, thereby promoting Egypt's status as the largest source of exporting human resources to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the fields of education and engineering.

The protocol entails training, on technology programs included in the grant, is to be conducted through accredited centers of the ICDL Arabia. These centers are affiliated to government bodies. Coordination is carried out with government bodies if they don’t have accredited centers to be able to train their employees in other government bodies or private centers, as needed.

The protocol also stipulates that ICDL Arabia is to renew, for one year, a number of 52 thousand extra grants of ICDL where MCIT distribute them on accredited centers to be offered to various segments of the society including, among others, people with special needs, university students, unemployed, women, youth and the elderly.

Furthermore, the protocol specifies government bodies’ need to accredit their centers from ICDL Arabia in order to benefit of the grant, under the institution’s regulations and international standards of the program. Government bodies are to pay accreditation fees and other services provided by ICDL Arabia.

The protocol was signed by MCIT First Undersecretary and Head of Minister Bureau and Administrative Development Sector Magdy Metwaly Hegazy  and Director General of ICDL Arabia Jamil Ezzo.

ICDL Arabia is the regional arm of European Computer Driving License (ECDL), a not-for-profit global governing body of the ICDL member countries dedicated to helping raise the basic computer competency in societies and providing access for all to the information society. It plays a strategic role in disseminating information awareness and works with government bodies and academia.

ICDL Arabia is responsible for providing regional support for training centers and accrediting ICDL exams in the GCC, Iraq and Egypt with the support of the region's leading educational bodies and accredited training and testing centers.

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