Today, the world is witnessing a real revolution in the field of communication and information technology, as this sector has become one of the main pillars on which countries rely, especially those seeking achievement and development to achieve sustainable development at all levels.
In light of this reality, the Ministry of Communications in Egypt has been working for more than two decades to develop the national ICT sector. The Ministry strives to achieve a strong digital economy by using and utilizing the latest information and communication technologies to develop a knowledge-based society that enjoys digital rights, as well as to promote a competitive and innovative national ICT industry.
The “Egypt Vision 2030” represents a sustainable development strategy and an essential step in comprehensive development in Egypt, connecting the present with the future and building on the achievements of ancient Egyptian civilization. This strategy sets a development path for building an advanced and prosperous country; In which economic and social justice prevails, and it represents a roadmap aimed at maximizing the advantage of Egyptian competitive advantages.
The ICT 2030 strategy contributes to supporting the objectives of “Egypt Vision 2030”, by building a “digital Egypt”. These objectives include developing the information and communication technology infrastructure, improving digital inclusion, achieving financial inclusion, improving capacity building, encouraging innovation, combating corruption, ensuring information security, and improving of Egypt’s position at regional and international levels.
Digital Egypt embodies a comprehensive vision and plan, and is considered the cornerstone for the transformation of Egypt into a digital society. The construction of “Digital Egypt” is based on three main axes, namely digital transformation, digital skills and jobs, and digital creativity These axes are based on important foundations; These are: the development of digital infrastructure, and the provision of the legislative and regulatory framework.
There is no doubt that achieving such ambitious visions requires access to the global technology system. Which offers the latest advanced technologies worldwide, but it has become difficult to access some of these advanced technologies, especially those needed to achieve such ambitious visions. A good example of this is the recent challenges facing the world in this field, which are represented in the acute shortage of semiconductor fabrication (electronic chips), which is used in the manufacture of everything related to technology.
This shortage in manufacturing came about due to several factors, the most important of which are the conditions imposed by the Corona pandemic, and the high prices of sea freight closely related to the transportation of raw materials required for the manufacturing process. This greatly contributed to a real crisis, and caused a shortage of semiconductor manufacturing, and then harmed many industries and fields, and hit the production lines of devices and technologies in various countries of the world. For example: car manufacturers in Asian countries could only meet 20 percent of demand for their products Recently, the automotive industry in the US has been largely affected by this shortage.
There is worldwide consensus on the importance of semiconductors, which is seen as the core of economic growth and prosperity in the digital age. How not, and it is included in almost all industries and sectors, and is considered an essential component of electronic devices; Such as smartphones, computers, video game consoles, cars, household appliances, medical equipment and many more products have become an essential part of our lives. Semiconductors are electronic chips that allow electronic devices to capture and store data; Without it, any electronic device has no value.
Recently, and in the light of the rapid developments in the field of technical innovation, Egypt has new opportunities that contribute to helping it overcome these challenges, by gaining access to the global innovative technologies needed to deliver on its vision and strategy. optimally implement. Perhaps the technology giant Huawei is one of the most prominent and important examples of adopting an innovation approach and diversifying business resources in the face of challenges.
A good example of these opportunities is the exciting news that confirms Huawei’s decision to return to chip making. HiSilicon In the current year 2022, after ceasing manufacturing for two years due to U.S. sanctions that prevented it from reaching its manufacturing partner; This is a company TSMC. As a result, Huawei was forced to deplete its available stock of electronic chips, and to resort to chips manufactured by other companies to supplement the shortfall. Perhaps those familiar with the strength and progress of Huawei’s electronic chips will fully understand why this news is good news for anyone looking for opportunities to access the latest global technical innovations that will contribute to the achievement of the desired national development and economic visions, as we have in Egypt. Since the electronic chips made by Huawei have proven to be a leader in their class, outperforming all the leading competitors.
It appears that Huawei’s strategy of intense focus on investing in research and development as a solution to the challenges and problems it faces has paid off, according to the company’s official financial results for the year 2021, Huawei was first in the number of patents granted by the National Intellectual Property Administration in China as well as the European Patent Office, fifth in the number of patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and second in the European Union’s list of research investment and industrial development. The number of patents owned by Huawei reached 110,000, and its net profit increased by $ 17.8 billion, an increase of 75.9% annually, and the company has new business opportunities in the field of digital energy, electronic cloud and artificial intelligence found thanks to its large investments in research and development, which amounted to $ 22.4 billion, equivalent to 22.4% of its total revenue. It is a major investment in research and development that history has never seen before. The company’s investment in research and development over the past ten years has exceeded $ 132.5 billion.
From here, it is clear that Egypt needs to meet its needs with semiconductors and focus on encouraging innovation to ensure the implementation of national digital transformation strategies, and to strengthen the industrial sector in various areas. Which is an essential part of Egypt’s renaissance and its economic vision.