Dr Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, met via video conference, Eng Saeed bin Hamoud bin Saeed Al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology in the Sultanate of Oman; This meeting comes within the framework of celebrating the election of Muscat as the digital Arab capital for 2022, to succeed the new administrative capital in Egypt.
The meeting was attended by video conference, Minister Authorized by Ihab Soliman, Director of League of Arab States Affairs – Deputy Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the League of Arab States, Eng.
During the meeting; Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, congratulated his Omani counterpart on this occasion. Point out that the Arab Digital Capital initiative is one of the fruits of the meetings of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information of the League of Arab States, which recommended the successful Arab digital experiences and efforts in the capitals of the Arab world carrying the torch of sustainable technological development in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the aim of exchanging knowledge, visions and experiences to achieve a future A Promising Arab digital for all Arab countries based on basic axes which includes digital transformation, development, digital skills and abilities, stimulating creativity and digital creative work, and then creating a stimulating environment for investment in all Arab countries.
Talaat explained that the choice of the new administrative capital as an Arab digital capital for 2021 was based on a number of visions and main reasons, including being a green smart city with global technologies and an ecosystem that is a solid partnership among all stakeholders to serve the goals of sustainable development, and it is a modern, modern city that settles for a new era of ancient Egypt’s civilization and presents a civilized and human pattern for a living environment to the world with an innovative concept, integrated urban development that transcends a dignified life, continuous social justice, integrated human services and sustainable development that is environmentally friendly; He pointed out that the new administrative capital embodies the Egyptian state’s plan to move to a new generation of “smart, sustainable and environmentally friendly cities” that include smart city technologies and provide a unified digital infrastructure and smart utility network.
Talaat added that the new administrative capital houses the City of Knowledge, which is a digital information community that supports research, innovation and training in advanced technologies in order to prepare generations of innovators and technically talented, as it includes the Egyptian Informatics University in communication sciences, information technology and related fields, which is the first University of Specialized Informatics in Africa and the Middle East aimed at providing education and scientific research on a global level and providing capacity building programs and consulting, contributing to human, social and economic development in Egypt, the Arab sister countries and Africa.
Expressing its aspiration that Omani students benefit from the great technological capabilities that the university offers to its students; Note that Knowledge City also includes the first innovation generation of the fourth industrial generation in Egypt, as well as a training building that includes a branch of the Ministry’s National Telecommunications Institute and Information Technology Institute, with the aim of providing specialized training to young people in the fields of advanced technology and communication.
Talaat referred to the initiatives of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to build digital capabilities with a focus on policies to encourage women’s participation, including the “Maharah-Tech” initiative, which is one of the pillars of the development of the capabilities of Arab youth as it offers high quality training courses in Arabic in various emerging technological fields. As well as the “Our Digital Future” initiative, which aims to train 250,000 young people on future skills and jobs in the fields of advanced information technology through a virtual academy in partnership between the public and private sectors.
Dr. Amr Talaat also appreciates the role played by the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information and the Arab Organization for Communications and Information Technology as the regional coordinator for this initiative, as well as the Arab Regional Office of the International Telecommunication Union. throws on the most prominent successful experiences in the Arab countries and brings advantage at Arab level to create evolving digital society; He stressed the Egyptian state’s interest in benefiting from the experiences of fraternal countries and in achieving effective Arab cooperation at all levels in the field of communication and information technology.
Talaat invited his Omani counterpart to visit Egypt to see the developments in the Egyptian ICT sector.
From his side; Eng. Saeed bin Hamoud bin Saeed Al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology in the Sultanate of Oman, congratulated Dr Amr Talaat on the success of the Arab Digital Capital file during the leadership of the Arab Republic of Egypt for this 2021 initiative ; He pointed out that the progress seen by the Egyptian ICT sector is a pioneering model and an example for the rest of the Arab countries. The Omani Minister also thanked the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information under the umbrella of the League of Arab States for their confidence in the Sultanate of Oman by choosing Muscat as an Arab digital capital in 2022; Expresses its pride in this choice and sees it as an incentive to complete the march initiated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and subsequently the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Eng. Saeed bin Hamoud bin Saeed Al Maawali reviewed the Sultanate of Oman’s plans to activate the Muscat Arab Digital Capital initiative and advance the communications and information technology sector through the implementation of various technical initiatives.
He also has dr. Amr Talaat invited to visit the Sultanate of Oman to take a closer look at the Omani ICT sector.