17 September 2022
ICT Minister Witnesses Signing of Two Agreements with Teradata Egypt on Training, Capacity Building in DA, AI


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has witnessed the signing ceremony of two cooperation agreements: the first agreement is signed between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Teradata Egypt to cooperate in training and capacity-building fields in the disciplines of big data analysis and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for employees at the state’s administrative apparatus. The second is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Egypt University of Informatics (EUI) and Teradata Egypt on launching a hands-on training program for university students in the fields of data analysis and AI.
 
It is noteworthy that Teradata is one of the leading companies in data analysis and AI.
 
Following the signing ceremony, the ICT Minister stated that "Digital Egypt" strategy and projects, that are currently being implemented, come as part of the ongoing preparations for the government's move to the New Administrative Capital and transition into a participatory paperless one.
 
The ICT Minister pointed to the state’s interest in processing and analyzing big data. He showcased the efforts made to upskill specialists and non-specialists technologically, within the framework of implementing the technical training strategy. The strategy is aimed at preparing a talent pool of digital calibers that the labor market requires.
 
Talaat added that Egypt is keen to provide all facilities and incentives for global companies to invest in Egypt. An enabling legislative environment and ICT infrastructure have been developed to foster and attract investments. He commended the cooperation with Teradata in various fields.
 
For his part, the Executive Vice President of Teradata in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa region Richard Petley stated that Teradata is looking forward to having strong market presence in Egypt. He also praised the development that Egypt is witnessing, and the efforts made to create an enabling environment for attracting foreign investments. This is in addition to MCIT vision to build Digital Egypt and its plans to develop ICT infrastructure and data processing. He highlighted the company’s interest in benefiting from the professionalism of Egyptian youth in implementing its projects in Egypt as well as cooperating with the EUI, especially in the areas of technology management and business informatics.
 
The agreement signed between MCIT and Teradata is aimed at providing programs to upskill middle management leaders and employees in the state’s administrative apparatus in collecting, analyzing, standardizing, and modeling data, and employing AI associated with data to serve business needs and solve various issues. The programs support decision-makers, enhance the government’s efficiency to provide distinguished services and improve the management of state resources.
 
The training programs include a range of knowledge and skills related to big data and its analysis, including AI fundamentals, the data lifecycle (such as extraction, transformation, and merging), data standardization, basics of data representation and visualization, tools for understanding data, and industry use cases.
 
The agreement was signed by the Deputy ICT Minister for Institutional Development Ghada Labib and Teradata General Manager Khalid Hammouda.
 
The MoU signed between EUI and Teradata entails cooperation between the two sides in preparing and developing an integrated training curriculum for university students in AI and data science, focusing on hands-on and industrial experience. This is in addition to enabling university staff and students to access the Teradata e-learning platform. The platform includes numerous learning resources specialized in data analysis, in addition to the big data available on the platform, which the company obtained in agreement with the University of Arkansas in the USA.
 
The MoU was signed by EUI President Reem Bahgat and Teradata General Manager Khalid Hammouda.
 
EUI was founded by MCIT in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as the first ICT-related specialized university in Africa at the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital.
 
The signing ceremony was attended by the Chairwoman of the Information Technology Institute (ITI) Heba Saleh and various MCIT officials. Head of Applied Innovation Center (AIC) Ahmed Tantawy attended the ceremony via videoconference. From Teradata, Executive Vice President for the Middle East, and Africa Attif Khattari and Director of the Public Sector at Teradata Hany El Assar attended the ceremony.

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