14 February 2023
ICT Minister Partakes in WGS 2023, Talks Cooperation in DX with Emirati Minister of Gov't Dev.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat is participating as a member of a high-level delegation headed by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in the World Government Summit (WGS) 2023 in Dubai. Egypt has been invited to participate as a Guest of Honor in this year’s Summit.

On the sidelines of WGS, the ICT Minister met today with the Minister of State for Government Development and the Future in the UAE Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, and Deputy Managing Director of World Government Summit Organisation. They discussed enhancing cooperation and exchanging best practices between Egypt and the UAE in digital transformation and government service development.

During the meeting, Talaat highlighted that Egypt and the UAE share strong stable and brotherly ties and a common vision for regional issues, representing an exemplary model of relations between Arab countries.

The ICT Minister presented Egypt’s most prominent achievements in digital transformation and the efforts made to integrate and connect national database and adopt modern technologies to develop government services within the framework of the Digital Egypt strategy.

He pointed out that the information infrastructure is being developed and optimized to provide a sustainable mechanism to improve the quality of data and support the launch of service platforms to provide data based on analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

For her part, Al Roumi emphasized the depth and strength of the Egyptian-Emirati ties, adding that she was pleased that Egypt is a Guest of Honor in WGS 2023. She also looked forward to strengthening bilateral ties between Egypt and the UAE in ICT.

The meeting delved into the UAE strategy for government services, which focuses on enhancing communication and direct interaction between government entities and individuals. Meanwhile, best practices for involving citizens in designing and developing government services were discussed.

The meeting was attended by the Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) Majed Al Mesmar and Chief of Government Services of the UAE Government Mohammed Bin Taliah.

In a similar vein, the ICT minister met with the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Holding Ahmed Galal Ismail. They discussed Majid Al Futtaim Global Solutions’ investments and expansion plans in Egypt. The meeting shed light on the company’s shared services and outsourcing center in Egypt, the first of its kind for Majid Al Futtaim Group, a leading expert in development and asset management, specializing in retail-led super regional malls spread in prime locations across MENA and Asia. The center provides outsourcing and shared services to the company’s clients worldwide.

The meeting discussed increasing the company’s investments in Egypt by expanding its center in Cairo. The efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in digital capacity-building and training young people to support the outsourcing industry were also showcased.

It is worth noting that Majid Al Futtaim had signed an agreement with the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) to support its Global Solutions office. The agreement was one in several agreements signed in the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, with 29 multinationals seeking to set up shop in Egypt or increase their investments by expanding their business in the Egyptian market.

Furthermore, Talaat met with the CEO and Co-founder of ridesharing digital platform Careem Mudassir Sheikha. They discussed the company’s business in Egypt and ways to expand Careem Engineering, which supports the company’s Engineering Divisions, providing services including data analysis and software engineering, among others.

During the meeting, Talaat explained that Egypt launched a comprehensive strategy to boost the outsourcing industry, create a favorable environment for attracting investors, and establish delivery centers for outsourcing and offshoring services. The ICT Minister noted that the ICT sector has a large workforce of promising young talents, representing one of the main pillars for developing the outsourcing industry. He highlighted that MCIT is building youth capabilities and honing their technical skills to enhance their competitiveness in the labor market in ICT.

Careem is a Dubai-based platform with operations in over 100 cities, covering 12 countries across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

The meetings were attended by the Assistant ICT Minister for Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Mohamed Nasr Eldin.

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