25 September 2019
ICT Minister Witnesses Signing Two MoUs between MCIT, aiVision; ITIDA, AXA Egypt


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and aiVision, in the presence of Egypt's Ambassador to France Ehab Badawy.

The MoU aims to enhance cooperation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) apps for detecting eye diseases, capacity building and skills development.
This came during the ICT Minister’s visit to France heading a high level delegation to discuss enhancing Egyptian-French cooperation in ICTs.

AiVision is a leading AI based ophthalmology diagnosis solution. It develops several pathology specific diagnosis algorithms targeting the leading cause of blindness.

The MoU was signed by the ICT Minister’s Advisor for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Golestan Radwan and Founder of aiVision Arnaud Lambert.
According to the two-year MoU, MCIT shall support aiVision to establishing efficient cooperation with the Egyptian government and other governments in the Middle East and Africa.

In addition, MCIT shall facilitate the access of aiVision products and solutions to the markets in these counties.

Moreover, the two sides agreed to cooperate to provide university faculty exchange programs in AI, between the two countries; as well as to carry out a joint research and development project to develop technological solutions for diabetic retinopathy screening for diabetic patients, and a competitive AI based vision analysis system that can be installed in hospitals and clinics to help with the early detection and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy screening.

As per the MoU, the two sides shall cooperate to develop AI based ophthalmology diagnosis systems. Accordingly, MCIT shall hire a team of Egyptian engineers to undertake the first stage of developing a system for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy screening, in France, for three to six months, through training and hands on application.

In terms of capacity building and skills development, aiVision shall take care of training, work with the Egyptian engineers on its solutions, and provide more programs on eye diseases detection technology.

Furthermore, Talaat witnessed the signing of another MoU between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and AXA Egypt.

The aim is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in insurance technology through cooperation in designing and managing an accelerator program for insurance startups to encourage them to innovate insurance technological solutions using emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and AI.

According to the MoU, the two sides agreed on cooperation in designing a startup acceleration program in insurance technology, where ITIDA shall manage the implementation of the program, take care of logistics, support the program through the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), and provide acceleration and incubation programs for the winners, at TIEC.

AXA Egypt, however, shall provide its expertise in insurance market access, guide the program winners to increase their opportunity of collecting the needed fund from AXA Venture Partners, as well as their chance of incubation in the company’s incubator.

The MoU was signed by ITIDA CEO Hala El Gohary, AXA Egypt CEO Ayman Kandeel, AXA CEO International and New Markets Benoît Claveranne, and a number of officials from MCIT and AXA.

AXA is one of the world’s leading companies in insurance and asset management innovation, providing multiple insurance services to its customers. AXA has been operating in the Egyptian market since 2015, providing a full range of products specially designed to meet the local needs.

The ICT Minister, in addition, met with the Chairman and CEO of Orange International Stephane Richard, in the presence of Egypt's Ambassador to France Ehab Badawy, the Associate Minister for Networks and ICT Infrastructure Hossam El-Gamal, the CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa Alioune Ndiaye, and the CEO of Orange Egypt Yasser Shaker.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed enhancing cooperation in capacity building, Research and Development (R&D), and infusing more investments to improve the quality of services provided to citizens, including current and future technologies such as the Fifth Generation (5G) services and its applications, for instance, the Internet of Things (IoT).

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