Writing: Wael Al-Toukhi
The participants in the “Digital Egypt” session, a paved road between export opportunities and investment privileges, emphasized that technology has become a winning science by relying on the latest means and technologies to overcome crises, especially in the light of the interest attached by the Egyptian state. to digital transformation projects and business digitization.
Engineer Hani Mahmoud, the former Minister of Communications, confirmed that information technology solutions have become the language of the times and are now entering all fields, even though it started as an independent industry and is now the industry of the future.
During his management of the session, he referred to some models such as the automotive industry, all of which have become technological developments, as well as the textile and clothing industry, which currently works with artificial intelligence, and all industries and services worldwide have become mainly dependent on technology solutions and means of communication.
Dr. Felix Mutate, Minister of Technology and Science of Zambia, spoke during the session about his country’s experience in using the Internet of Things in technical engines and jobs, noting that less than 50% of our goals have been achieved.
He added that African countries are still making great efforts to achieve the highest rates of development through the information and communication technology industry, and at the same time African societies have great opportunities to achieve this development and harness technology in this regard.
5 challenges facing digital transformation
Dr. Hamad Al-Mansoori, Director-General of the Dubai Digital Authority of the UAE, in turn referred to the five challenges in digital transformation, namely education, laws, the presence of technical factors, the ability of service providers to use technology, the presence of the appropriate infrastructure for data transmission, data and artificial intelligence.
He indicated that the data during the handling of the crisis of the spread of the Corona virus was the arbitrator and mediator between all decision makers in the health authorities.
Digital security also represents one of the key axes that comes to the forefront of work to achieve the goals of digital transformation in governments and different countries in all areas of digital transformation such as cloud computing, internet of things and data transfer.
Dr. Ali Al-Suwaifi, from the State of Bahrain, identified several factors that bring about digital transformation, namely governance and the decision-makers’ conviction of its importance, and then sought the appropriate work environment to provide technological solutions in all areas and services to citizens. provided.
He also talked about the mechanization of banking, noting that this field should regulate laws and other regulatory factors related to the protection of financial data.
The only viable telecommunications sector
Dr. Haitham Al-Rawjiba, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, indicated that there are 29 universities in Jordan that teach more than 15 majors in the fields of communication and information technology, with a focus on modern technological fields such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things .
He also indicated that Jordan will have more than 2,500 e-government services, according to the technology sector’s action plan in Jordan over the next 4 years.
He said in a time of crisis, the communications and information technology sector is the only one capable of achieving continuity and continuity in all sectors.
He invited Arab companies from Jordan, Egypt, the UAE and all Arab countries to contribute to support governments in achieving the goals of digital transformation in our Arab region.
Proceeds from the “Our future is digital” initiative
Eng. Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), spoke on the knowledge economy and the development of minds, which is currently changing the direction of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. To maximize opportunities for the youth to find work, which resulted in income estimated at 10 times spent, and this number reached $ 130 million.
The second axis is represented in outsourcing, as Egypt has achieved excellent results worldwide in the field of outsourcing worldwide. As for the third axis, what are emerging companies and creativity. We have 7 centers for creativity and business development of emerging companies with a focus on the governorships to achieve justice in development in all governorships and it is currently planned to In Egypt there will be a center for creativity in each of the governorships of Be Egypt.
Help companies keep up with digital transformation projects
Khaled Ibrahim, Chairman of the Board of the Information and Communication Technology Chamber, in his speech reviewed the Chamber’s strategy, which was initiated by Eng. Atef Helmy, the former Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the former head of the Chamber. , emphasizing that this strategy has focused on achieving a primary goal, which is to help Egyptian companies operating in the Egyptian market through increasing demand.The Chamber is also working to encourage innovation, which is one of the files are what the Chamber will focus on in the coming period to find new companies that have the ability to innovate and produce products and services that are suitable for the market.
He added that one of our main goals is to help companies improve the level of services and help the industrial sector to keep pace with the digital transformation in all areas and industrial services.
He referred to the Chamber’s role within the Federation of Egyptian Industries in the development of the rest of the chambers, the creation of mechanization and the encouragement of companies operating in the commercial and industrial sectors.