11 October 2022
At GITEX Global, ICT Minister Talks Investment with Lenovo, Huawei Officials

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has met with a delegation from Lenovo headed by President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Giovanni Di Filippo. They discussed the company’s major investment areas, the competitive advantages of the Egyptian ICT sector, and Lenovo’s plan to increase its investments in Egypt.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 42nd edition of GITEX Global in Dubai, UAE.

The two sides discussed the capacity-building strategy of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). The strategy entails organizing a wide range of training activities in ICT, covering in-demand skills for today's and tomorrow’s job markets.

The training activities vary in value, specialization and depth and start with beginner-level courses in computer skills. In-depth programs are then organized to prepare young people to fill in tech-related jobs. The highest level of training is provided through advanced courses, helping create a large talent pool in different ICT fields.

The Egyptian delegation presented the pillars of Digital Egypt Strategy for Offshoring Industry 2022- 2026 and the facilitations and incentives offered to investors. Lenovo officials, however, considered establishing a center for offshoring services in Egypt to deliver Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions.

The meeting was attended by CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Amr Mahfouz, Assistant Minister for Strategy and Implementation Sherine El-Guindy, EMEA ISG CTO at Lenovo Per Overgaard, EMEA ISG General Manager Alaa Bawab, and Lenovo Country Manager Egypt/Levant Noha Gohar.

Furthermore, the ICT Minister visited Huawei’s pavilion in GITEX. He met with President of Huawei Northern Africa Terry He and President of Huawei Cloud's Global Marketing and Sales Service Jacqueline Shi.

The two sides reviewed the digital transformation solutions and services that Huawei developed, as well as its future plans in cloud and data centers.

The meeting highlighted that Egypt is keen on advancing the use of cloud services in government operations and establishing data centers, as the country is pursing digital transformation and automation of state sectors, in light of the Digital Egypt strategy.

The Egyptian delegation and Huawei officials discussed potential cooperation in providing cloud solutions to the government.

Huawei representatives said that they looked forward to collaborating with MCIT in different areas and expand the company’s telecom infrastructure business in Egypt. This came as Huawei values Egypt’s role as a major regional hub for launching services in North Africa.

The meeting was attended by Mahfouz, El-Guindy, Telecom Egypt CEO and Managing Director Adel Hamed, President of Enterprise and Cloud Business Group of Huawei Northern Africa Colin Hu, CEO of Huawei Egypt Jim Liu, and a number of senior officials from MCIT and Huawei.

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