13 November 2023
ICT Minister Chairs Session of 'Supreme Council of Digital Society' Executive Bureau to Adopt ‘Cloud First Policy’

The Executive Bureau of the Supreme Council of Digital Society has adopted the “Cloud First Policy”, during its meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat. The policy is now set to be presented to the Supreme Council of Digital Society for formal enactment and approval.

The policy is in line with the ongoing efforts to accelerate digital transformation, introduce more adaptable approaches to service delivery, and encourage increased investments from data center service providers, aiming to promote the localization of the data center industry.

The executive bureau recommended submitting a request to the Supreme Council of Digital Society to approve authorizing the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to set and manage plans and mechanisms for disseminating and implementing the “Cloud First Policy” with various state agencies.

The Executive Bureau underscored the significance of enacting a data classification law and developing regulatory frameworks for exchanging data between agencies.
The meeting presented the types of cloud computing services, as well as the determinants, characteristics, advantages, and stages of enacting the “Cloud First Policy,” prepared by MCIT, in line with international norms and standards for cloud computing privacy and security controls.

The adoption of this policy stands as a pivotal step in the plans to attract data center service providers and encourage their expansion in Egypt. This aligns closely with the foundational infrastructure pillar outlined in the "Egyptian Government Cloud (EG-Cloud) Strategy" for the ICT sector, introduced by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in 2014. The strategy delineates the necessary measures to establish a conducive environment for cloud computing and outlines its governance structure in Egypt. The recent policy adoption is thus a significant component of the core pillars and recommendations outlined in the EG-Cloud Strategy.
Furthermore, the policy responds to the key requests from global IT service providers, serving as a compelling incentive for them to increase their investments in Egypt. This, in turn, contributes to positioning Egypt as a prominent regional hub for the data center industry.

Cloud computing holds significant importance as it effectively lowers the costs associated with acquiring infrastructure equipment and applications, thereby expediting the process of digital transformation. This technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing the services provided to citizens by both public and private entities, facilitating the adoption of modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Moreover, cloud computing facilitates a shift from traditional practices of purchasing infrastructure and technological applications to procuring rendered services.

It is noteworthy that the Executive Bureau presents and discusses strategic plans aimed at fostering digital transformation. This includes the formulation of policies, procedures, information infrastructure designs, and governance mechanisms tailored to support the digital shift. The Bureau also takes responsibility for adopting and implementing the strategies issued by the Supreme Council of Digital Society.

In addition to these responsibilities, the Executive Bureau assumes a supervisory and coordinating role over specialized committees. It further compiles and presents comprehensive work reports from these committees to the Council.
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