Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
13 February 2021
Tourism, ICT Ministers Discuss Achieving Digital Transformation, Developing Tech Infrastructure at Tourism Ministry

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat have met to discuss the implementation status of the digital transformation projects, carried out as part of the protocol of cooperation that was signed by the two Ministries, last November, on developing the technological infrastructure of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The meeting was attended by the Vice Minister for Tourism Ghada Shalaby, the Deputy ICT Minister for Infrastructure and officials from the two Ministries.

The meeting discussed the work updates on merging and developing the service and promotional websites of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and creating a mobile application to serve tourists. The meeting also discussed projects, including automating services at the Ministry of Tourism’s Office, developing archeological mission request services, automating work cycle, and developing the management system for maps of archeological sites and tourist attractions.

The Minister of Tourism said that the digital transformation project is part of the strategy of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create an accurate information system on the different types of tourism in Egypt. The aim is to build a diversified economy that relies heavily on the availability of tourism and antiquity services; improve work performance at the Ministry, and the digital services provided to tourists; leverage modern technology to promote tourism and Egyptian antiquities; introduce archaeological sites and museums; and provide tourist services and e-portals to visitors and tourists. 

For his part, the ICT Minister stated that the cooperation between the two Ministries aims to help the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities use the latest technologies to carry out its plans to develop its services and make them available digitally, and promote tourist attractions. This is in addition to providing the necessary digital mechanisms to enhance communication between tourists and tourist attractions in Egypt. This comes as part of the role of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in providing the necessary technological infrastructure to support and develop the state sectors and build Digital Egypt.

In November 2020, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities signed a protocol of cooperation with MCIT, on the development of the former’s technological infrastructure. The protocol aims to help achieve the transformation to a digital society, develop and improve tourism services, introduce and promote tourist attractions and monuments. This is to augment financial resources as one of the key factors for economic growth; help preserve, document and provide information on Egyptian antiquities using modern technologies; raise awareness  of antiquities; introduce the Egyptian and international society to the activities and services of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities; contribute to promoting tourism in Egypt, in the coming period; and increase the number of tourists.

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