2 February 2021
ICT Minister, Denmark Ambassador Discuss Cooperation in ICT

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talat has received the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Egypt Svend Olling. They discussed enhancing cooperation; exchanging experience between the two countries in ICT areas, especially digital transformation; and investing in the ICT infrastructure in Egypt.

During the meeting, the ICT Minister presented Digital Egypt strategy that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is carrying out. The pillars of the strategy include building capacity, promoting digital innovation and entrepreneurship, and achieving digital transformation. These pillars require a supporting ICT infrastructure and legislative framework, he added.

Talaat stated that MCIT launched several initiatives and training programs to qualify and equip young people with the essential digital skills in different technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science and cybersecurity. One of the most prominent initiatives is Digital Egypt Builders Initiatives (DEBI) that offers a professional Master's degree. MCIT is also establishing Egypt University of Informatics (EUI) at the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital.

Moreover, as part of the training and capacity building efforts, MCIT is establishing Creativa Innovation Hubs in different governorates, and implementing programs to promote entrepreneurship in different technology areas, said the ICT Minister.

Talat underscored that the Egyptian government spares no effort to achieve the digital transformation and automate government services. The digital transformation system was introduced in Port Said City and is currently being implemented nationwide. A range of government services were digitized, with a new range to be available soon, he added.

For his part, the Danish Ambassador commended the Egyptian government’s efforts to accelerate the achievement of the digital transformation, in light of the political and economic stability in Egypt, making Egypt a strong partner for Denmark, one of the world’s readiest countries in digitization.

Olling called for exchanging experience through organizing an official visit to Copenhagen for exploring the Danish experience closely. Talaat welcomed Olling’s invitation, and proposed holding virtual meetings between the Egyptian digital transformation units personnel and their Danish counterparts, for gaining experience.

The two sides also discussed cooperation in outsourcing services. The Danish Ambassador expressed his interest in expanding the outsourcing activities, in favor of his country and Scandinavia in general. Egypt has a competitive advantage that makes it one of the top countries in outsourcing, he added.

Talat highlighted Egypt’s interest in building and developing the youth’s capacities, in line with the requirements of the local and international job markets. He said that MCIT is ready to provide the necessary training for the qualified Egyptians to work in Danish companies. This represents a model adopted by Egypt and many countries, as Egypt is the source of skilled people in the Arab and African regions, he added.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed on enhancing cooperation through organizing a virtual meeting for the ICT Minister and representatives of Danish companies, where they discuss partnership opportunities in various ICT areas.

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