7 November 2023
ICT Minister Witnesses Signing of MoU between MCIT, Qalyubia to Implement Digital Institutional Development Projects


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has held an extensive meeting with the Governor of Qalyubia Abdel Hamid Al-Hagan at the general bureau of Qalyubia Governorate, in the presence of the House of Representatives’ ICT Committee Head Ahmed Badawy.
 
The meeting discussed the most prominent achievements in various projects implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in the governorate and future cooperation plans between the two sides in telecommunications infrastructure development, digital institutional development, digital capacity-building, and MCIT projects in the villages targeted within Decent Life in the governorate.
 
The meeting was attended by the Chairman of Egypt Post Sherif Farouk, the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Ahmed Elzaher, the Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt Mohamed Nasr Eldin, and various executive officials from MCIT, the governorate, and Telecom Egypt.
 
During the meeting, the ICT Minister emphasized that MCIT is cooperating with Qalyubia Governorate in implementing several projects according to three pillars. These pillars include developing information infrastructure, enhancing developmental community services, and promoting training and human development.
 
The ICT Minister explained that within the framework of developing information infrastructure, fiber optic networks have been installed and high-speed Internet have been provided in the villages targeted within Decent Life in the governorate. Moreover, the number of cell sites has been increased during the past year by over 10% through establishing 120 cell sites and developing more than 75% of the governorate’s post offices, reaching about 200 post offices.
 
Talaat added that several initiatives have been implemented within the framework of community development services, including Qodwa-Tech and Digital Decent Life initiatives. He pointed out that the training pillar covers various projects, including training programs provided by the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) where over 5,000 trainees from the governorate were trained during the past two years.
 
Furthermore, Creativa Innovation Hub was established at Benha University, and WE School for Applied Technology was opened in the governorate. More than 1,200 students from the governorate also joined Digital Egypt Cubs Initiative (DECI) and over 30 students enrolled in Digital Egypt Builders Initiative (DEBI).
 
The ICT Minister highlighted that the ICT sector has achieved the highest growth rate of more than 16% among different state sectors during the fiscal year (FY) 2022/2023. He added that digital exports also reached about USD 4.9 billion.
 
Talaat and Al-Hagan also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MCIT and the Governorate to implement digital institutional development projects at the governorate’s general bureau, affiliated entities, and service directorates. The MoU also aims to implement digital awareness activities in the governorate’s villages targeted within the Decent Life initiative to increase digital awareness and develop digital capabilities to economically empower them, thus providing a decent life.
 
The MoU was signed by the Deputy ICT Minister for Institutional Development Ghada Labib and the Deputy Governor of Qalyubia Eman Rayan.
 
Al-Hagan explained that the signing of the MoU to implement digital institutional development projects at the governorate’s general bureau, affiliated entities, and service directorates comes in light of the governorate’s ongoing endeavor to qualify a talent pool trained on the latest technologies to compete and achieve digital excellence.
 
Al-Hagan expressed his anticipation that the MoU would result in more development to develop the digital capabilities of employees in all institutions of Qalyubia Governorate and it would contribute to increasing the efficiency of their career performance to achieve the desired goals and support the development process and institutional development. He commended the efforts of the ICT Minister to improve the telecommunications ecosystem and promote digital qualification in all state sectors nationwide.
 
During the meeting, Labib reviewed the most prominent achievements and future plans in cooperation projects between MCIT and the Governorate in digital institutional development and digital transformation in Qalyubia.
 
MCIT has successfully executed a range of programs aimed at developing and enhancing digital skills. As part of these efforts, MCIT has awarded 791 certificates to 654 employees across the governorate, spanning various positions in directorates, administrative centers, and surrounding villages.
 
Furthermore, MCIT has launched numerous initiatives focused on developing and strengthening digital competencies, as well as raising awareness and providing digital education to citizens from diverse societal backgrounds. These initiatives have benefitted a total of 5,124 individuals. The programs encompassed a comprehensive array of 7,537 training courses, all conducted in accordance with international standards and in collaboration with specialized international institutions and companies.
 
The meeting delved into reviewing MCIT projects in Qalyubia Governorate in building digital capacities, encouraging entrepreneurship, adopting innovative ideas, especially among youth and women, and honing their skills in various technological disciplines.
 
President of Benha University Nasser El-Gizawy underscored the University’s participation in MCIT-launched initiatives and events, including the participation of university students in Egypt Future Work is Digital (Egypt FWD) which aims to train youth in the advanced IT fields. This is in addition to the participation in DECI phases targeting pre-university students. Benha University hosted numerous applicants from Qalyubia Governorate in the Electronic Exams Center.
 
El-Gizawy explained that a cooperation protocol was signed in 2021 to establish Creativa Innovation Hub at Benha University to encourage innovation and excellence for the university students and graduates and youth of the Governorate.
 
ITI Chairwoman Heba Saleh also reviewed ITI training plans and services provided to the youth of the governorate and how the close distance between the governorate and Cairo enhances creating more job opportunities for them, especially in light of increasing demand on certain technical specializations. She also reviewed ITI plans implemented in freelancing and remote work.
 
Saleh explained the specializations of ITI Summer Camps, Intensive Code Camps (ICC), and Mahara-Tech programs implemented during the past two years, reaching approximately 2,800 trainees and beneficiaries. Moreover, success stories of a number of ITI graduates in the governorate in various labor markets were shared.
 
In a similar vein, NTI Director Ahmed Khattab underscored NTI efforts to build capabilities and provide training to serve youth of Qalyubia Governorate and Benha University. He added that NTI has trained over 2,300 youth and women from Qalyubia in NTI summer training programs, training for employment, and training to pass international companies-accredited certificates in the networks and telecommunications sector over the past three years.
 
Khattab explained that 515 young people of the governorate applied in the programs, with the beginning of NTI activities in Creativa Innovation Hub in Benha. He pointed out that NTI provides technical support for graduation projects in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design in addition to manufacturing these circuits for Benha University students, reaching ten projects annually.
 
Two examples of success stories from graduates of NTI programs in the governorate who were trained in cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) were also highlighted.
 
The Advisor to the ICT Minister for Digital Community Development Hoda Dahroug pointed to the efforts made to train youth in freelancing through “Tawar w Ghayar” initiative and the cooperation with digital sustainability centers to qualify calibers of specialized knowledge ambassadors and increase community awareness among youth and youngsters about citizens’ digital skills to empower them to use technology tools in a safe, effective and responsible manner, as part of Digital Citizenship Initiative.
 
Dahroug pointed to the most prominent achievements of Qodwa-Tech initiative, which aims to develop the digital skills of craftswomen as the initiative has empowered more than 10,000 women nationwide.
 
The ICT Minister listened to various distinguished models of youth and women from Qalyubia Governorate succeeded in the training of youth qualification for freelancing and digital capacity building through Tawar w Ghayar initiative, offering its training programs to build capabilities in IT and software basics. This is in addition to providing career guidance to help youth plan their careers and improve their employment opportunities.
 
A number of craftswomen, graduates of Qodwa-Tech initiative explained the role of the initiative in empowering them to develop their digital skills with regard to e-commerce platforms and social media websites to market their craft and small businesses, through creating high-quality and competitive content marketing, and innovating new designs that meet customers’ needs using AI tools and applications.
 
Meanwhile, Talaat and Al-Hagan also met with a new batch of graduates of the training program for digital citizenship and cyber threats protection basic skills organized for beneficiaries of the Digital Citizenship initiative in Qalyubia in cooperation with Misr Public Library in the Governorate.
 
It is worth noting that the ICT Minister is visiting Qalyubia Governorate, today, to open and inspect several MCIT projects in the governorate. During his visit, he also opened Tersa Post Office after its development and inspected the installation of fiber optic cables and the launch of high-speed Internet services in Tahanub and and Kafr Shebin villages targeted within the Decent Life initiative in the governorate.
 
The ICT Minister also inspected WE School for Applied Technology and technological development in Al Noor School for the Blind and the Intellectual Education School. He is due to inspect Creativa Innovation Hub, a telemedicine unit, Telecom Egypt store in Benha 2 telephone exchange, and open Benha Post Office and Qalyubia post area building.
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