22 January 2024
ICT Minister Delivers Speech before Senate

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has delivered a speech before the Senate. It was chaired by the President of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razeq.
In his remarks, the ICT Minister reviewed the efforts made by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to develop the outsourcing industry and increase Digital Egypt exports. He also highlighted MCIT efforts to boost the e-game development industry in Egypt.
Talaat emphasized that Digital Egypt Strategy for Offshoring Industry 2022-2026 aims to attract major global companies operating in this industry to invest in Egypt, increase Digital Egypt exports, and enable youth to secure digital economy jobs.
Talaat explained that Digital Egypt exports increased from $4.9 billion in 2022 to around $6.2 billion in 2023, with a growth rate of 26.5%. He underscored that the volume of Digital Egypt exports includes business process outsourcing (BPO), which grew from $2.4 billion in 2022 to $3.7 billion in 2023, with a growth rate of 54%. The number of employees working in the outsourcing and freelancing industry is to be increased, Talaat pointed out, to reach 550,000 specialists delivering digital services worth $9 billion by 2026.
In his speech, the ICT Minister indicated that MCIT inked several agreements with 74 global and local companies to recruit 60,000 specialists in the outsourcing industry in November 2022. He stated that some of these companies are expanding their businesses, while over 20 are making their first investments in Egypt.
The ICT Minister pointed to the visit of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to 11 offshoring multinationals recently, as part of the government’s commitment to boosting the growth of this industry. He declared that 12 leading offshoring multinationals have their centers abroad, pointing to the diversity of digital exports, which includes delivering BPO services, such as human resources and call center services, and developing software and technical support services, embedded systems, electronics design, and electronic circuit design.
The ICT Minister remarked that the aim is to increase the number of specialists working in the outsourcing industry by four-fold within five years, from 90,00 in 2021 to 336,000 by 2026.

He added that freelancers are also expected to be upskilled, achieving a growth rate of 30% compared to 15% worldwide. The aim is to increase their number from 80,000 freelancers in 2022 to 220,000 by 2026. Workspaces, the ICT Minister explained, are being allocated for freelancers within 20 Creativa Innovation Hubs in different governorates nationwide.
Talaat underscored that the digital capacities of youth were being built to prepare them for joining the outsourcing industry through programs tailored for all age groups with different academic backgrounds - graduates of technological or non-technological specializations. He clarified that, within the framework of MCIT digital capacity-building strategy, the training budget increased 50-fold within nine years, while the number of trainees increased 150-fold, rising from 2,600 trainees with a budget of EGP 32.5 million in the fiscal year 2014/2015 to 400,000 trainees at EGP 1.7 billion in the current fiscal year.
Talaat referred to Digital Egypt Generations (DEG) initiatives introduced by MCIT as a comprehensive platform encompassing various initiatives to upskill young people in ICT specializations. These initiatives include the Digital Egypt Builders Initiative (DEBI) which aims at granting professional master’s degrees to 1,000 tech specialists, as well as the Digital Egypt Pioneers Initiative (DEPI) seeking to train 90,000 undergraduates from various academic backgrounds and specializations. This is in addition to training 40,000 preparatory and secondary school students through the Digital Egypt Cubs Initiative (DECI) and 10,000 students from the fourth to the sixth year of primary school through the Digital Egypt Marvels Initiative (DEMI).
Talaat added that Mahara-Tech platform of the Information Technology Institute (ITI) was launched to provide recorded training content in Arabic on specific practical tracks for those wishing to develop their technological skills. Furthermore, the platform also provides AI and Cybersecurity Academies and offers online and hybrid training courses.
The ICT Minister reviewed the efforts made to boost the e-game development industry through various pillars, including the formation of Ra’ad, the first professional esports team by Telecom Egypt Sports Club set to become a regional and international powerhouse and help Egyptian talent compete effectively on a global scale. Moreover, “Ra'ad.gg,” the team’s digital platform, was also launched to familiarize youth with the team and provide ways of participation. In addition, the infrastructure necessary to train the team at Telecom Egypt Sports Club is also being provided.
Talaat added that the ITI labs and training programs are the first of their kind in the Middle East for qualifying Egyptian young people in the e-game development industry, in partnership with major global companies specializing in training hundreds annually and creating entertaining and serious games serving multiple areas, such as education, health, and tourism. He explained that ITI provides e-learning studios at its premises in Smart Village, the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital, and Cairo University.
Talaat mentioned that ITI graduates specializing in the e-game development industry are being hired by relevant global and local companies. He emphasized that the e-game development industry is being promoted in Egypt by organizing local competitions to raise awareness of serious games.
The ICT Minister stated that more than 20 Egyptian e-game development studios, 1,000 Indie game developers, and 15,000 gamers, game developers, and amateurs in Egypt participated in global and local competitions.
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