Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that more than 130 services have been launched on the Egypt digital platform, and the next phase will witness the launch of more services based on electronic signature technology; Emphasizes the importance of expanding the provision of trained frameworks in all sciences of communication and information technology related to electronic signature, including cyber security, as well as the need for joint efforts to spread societal awareness about the importance of electronic signature and how to to use it and the legal responsibility that falls on the users of this technology.
The minister stressed that the electronic signature is the cornerstone for building a digital Egypt. He pointed out that the electronic signature has faced many challenges since its inception in Egypt in 2004 with the issuance of its own law; He explained the efforts to develop the electronic signature system within the framework of three phases, namely the stage of development of the legislative structure, then the updating of the technological infrastructure, then the publication stage, followed by the development of applications based on electronic signature technology and make it available to citizens in easy ways.
The launch of the electronic signature service
It came on the sidelines of the launch ceremony for the electronic signature services “My Signature”, which is the result of a joint collaboration between Fixed Egypt – for digital solutions and information security – licensed to provide electronic signature services, and Etisalat Misr, the integrated digital operator for communication and information technology services in Egypt.
It comes within the framework of the efforts made to expand the provision of electronic signature services and additional services provided to companies, institutions and individuals, which is in line with the state’s direction around the basic axes that the digital transformation strategy support, to complete.
Through this release; Etisalat Misr will provide electronic signature services to companies and individuals through its branches across the country, which will help expand the base of electronic signature use, increase the efficiency of administrative work and provide information technology tools and applications in a way that digitally support. transformation processes in line with the developments of the times and contribute to Egypt’s competitive advantages and digital readiness at all levels.
Dr. Amr Talaat witnessed the signing of a co-operation contract between Fixed Egypt for Digital Solutions and Information Security, and Etisalat Misr within the scope of providing electronic signature services by Etisalat Misr branches across the country.
Minister of Communications with Etisalat Misr officials
The cooperation agreement was signed by Mahmoud Tawfik, managing director of Fixed Egypt, and Eng. Hazem Metwally, CEO of Etisalat Egypt, in the presence of Eng. Khaled Al-Attar, Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology for Administrative Development, Digital Transformation and Mechanization, Eng. Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister for Institutional Development, and Eng. Sherine El Gendy, Assistant Minister for Strategy and Implementation, and Eng. Mohamed Nasr El-Din, Assistant Minister for International Information Infrastructure, Ing. Gamal El-Sadat, Chairman of the Board of Etisalat Egypt, and leaders of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the two companies.
“Talaat” explained in a press release today, Friday, that it began several years ago to reform the legislative framework and governance structure of the electronic signature system by reviewing its legislation and making amendments to the executive regulations of the law . keep pace with technological developments to include newer technologies such as electronic stamping and time stamping The regulatory framework is currently being revised to introduce certain services such as secure electronic transmission and digital authentication; He explained that the application of this technology is being implemented gradually, as the first phase has started with the intergovernmental services, including the law enforcement system; He stressed that the exchange of electronically signed documents between civil servants would be expanded with the move to the new administrative capital as a participatory, paperless government.
Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications
Talaat pointed out that the second phase in the application of this technology includes the services provided by the government to companies and institutions, including the electronic invoicing service and investment services that depend on the electronic signature. Note that the third phase is concerned with services provided by the government to citizens to enable them to receive services that require distance verification of their identity; The importance of this collaboration between Etisalat Misr and Fixed Egypt, which has been licensed to practice electronic signature services by the Information Technology Industry Development Authority, comes in providing modern technology to citizens in this field with easy access to it through the wide network of outlets owned by Etisalat Misr spread throughout the republic; He explained that this partnership is a model for collaboration between government and private sector companies, as it is a stepping stone to push this very important technology forward.
It is worth noting that Fixed Egypt has obtained a license to carry out the activity of providing electronic signature services of the Information Technology Industry Development Authority. Exercise of the activity and what the authority approves in this regard.
The partnership between Etisalat Misr and Fixed Misr aims to provide electronic signature solutions through Etisalat Misr branches, enabling individuals and institutions to conduct banking transactions, handle government agencies or transactions within services, and keep all documents in full. sign in a secure manner.
Hazem Nabil, Executive Vice President of the Information Technology Industry Development Authority to Secure Electronic Transactions, emphasized in his speech on behalf of Eng Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Government, that the launch of the “My Signature” service within the framework of the government’s efforts to disseminate the uses of electronic signature on a large scale and the management of electronic activities and transactions This contributes to the achievement of Egypt’s digital strategy.
He referred to the efforts of the working team in government, which had taken about 11 months since the announcement of the victory of “Fixed Egypt for Digital Solutions and Information Security” in the competition for licenses to practice electronic signature services in Egypt, and through the issuance of the operating permit for the company last March until the launch of the service in collaboration with “Etisalat Egypt” “.
Mahmoud Tawfik, Managing Director of Fixed Egypt, in turn explained that this agreement is an important step in the group’s efforts to maintain the services provided and to provide them through an integrated and secure technological system capable of is to meet the requirements of the business sector. compatibility with international standards in operation and the development of mechanisms and tools that ensure integration with all Systems and needs according to the local and international scope.
Engineer Hazem Metwally, CEO of Etisalat Egypt, expressed his congratulations on the new step the company has taken to consolidate its leading position in supporting business sectors and providing innovative applications and new services that help them reach their business digitally, in line with Egypt’s 2030 vision. He explained that Etisalat Misr has ambitious plans in partnership with Fixed Egypt to improve and publish electronic signature services by completing contracting and sales processes, issuing certification certificates, distributing electronic stamps and time stamps through Etisalat branches across all governors of the Republic, which gives customers more. flexibility to facilitate all their commercial transactions and accelerate the digital transformation system.