“The value chain of the information and communication technology sector in Egypt .. Overcome the triple gap and jump to the future” .. at the Egyptian Center for Studies

This morning, an electronic symposium was launched via the Zoom application, entitled: “The value chain of the information and communication technology sector in Egypt: Overcoming the triple gap and jumping to the future”, at the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, from ten in the morning until 12 noon, chaired by Amr Muhanna, Chair of the Board of Directors. The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies and Dr Abla Abdel Latif, Executive Director and Director of Research, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.

During the symposium, a recent study by the Center on this topic was presented, followed by dr. Maged Othman, CEO of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research “Baseera” and former Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Marwa Abbas, General Manager of IBM Egypt, in the presence of a group of experts and specialists, including conducting a detailed assessment of the performance of the information and communication technology sector in Egypt from 4 aspects; The first relates to the performance of the information and communication technology sector over time and in comparison with competing countries, the second relates to the assessment of the strategic and regulatory framework governing the sector, the third is the compatibility of the foundations of the developing strategies for the sector’s development with best practices, and the fourth and final aspect relates to the extent to which the sector is able to respond to current trends in the world.

Dr. Maged Othman, Executive Director of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research – Baseera and former Minister of Communications and Information Technology, in turn said that “THINK THANK YOU” experiences exist in Germany, why were these experiences in Egypt not related to technology , but with this workshop and the work done by Dr. Rama Said was offered, I think there is a big gap at this point.

“Osman” continued, “I spoke in the first note about the justifications for the study. There are two justifications. The first is the relationship of the sector with economic and social development, and I prefer to use the term sustainable development. instead of economic and societal development. The sector contributes to growth in general, as the sector has many opportunities to play the role of sustainable development, perhaps workers in the sector. ” They have not noticed it, and it can be done without realizing that it contributes to sustainable development.

He added that the study and its relationship to the education reform project, or a decent life initiative, are programs that bring about growth as well as sustainable development. It comes from academies and colleges of engineering, computers and computers. In fact, segregation in this industry is out of the question. Today, we cannot talk about the telecommunications sector as data centers in isolation, as things are very intertwined.

He also added that the regulatory framework has many challenges.The National Telecommunications Authority, when we talk about it not being affiliated with the Ministry, becomes affiliated with any party. What pricing services, monopoly, etc. the solution that now exists in Egypt is not the only solution, but instead of criticizing that it is not independent and the minister is leading the meeting, it is in the end a large device and has a board It is correct to announce. another suggestion that there are models under the Egyptian framework. Even better, in addition Telecom Egypt is a joint stock company listed on the stock exchange and the state owns 80% of its shares and the other 20%, especially the company is affiliated with the Ministry of Communications because the main investor in it is the state and the ministry, but in the four companies there is an “Orange” company, owned by its owner He is the French investor or the French government. for Etisalat, the Egyptian Post has a percentage of about 20%, and the rest is owned by the mother’s communications, Vodafone 55% is owned by the company, and 45 is owned by Telecom Egypt, and that framework was not easy. Because there is a regulatory body that controls it, and if we criticize, there must be another alternative

He stressed that there is a point that has not been highlighted due to the fact that the study is economical. is an exaggeration in some. areas to mention any topic that it is national security as “polio” is national security. To the end, however, in the development of communication, especially in global experiences, it has a national security dimension that cannot be ignored or underestimated. E.g. the frequencies of companies, which interfere with the radar, the world did not make them available .. Also submarine cables are one of the strengths as it is a big dimension for Egypt, especially political and international cooperation.

Engineer Marwa Abbas, general manager of IBM Egypt, said that the foreign company has been investing in Egypt since 1954, as we are present as an institution and in different stages of growth with human cadres, adding that there is a clear strategy in Egypt outside the telecommunications sector with a large percentage, but it started with the Digital Egypt Builders Program with the Ministry of Communications When Ashbal Egypt Digital, which includes the age group of 13 to 18 years, and we, as a foreign company, participate to it, but there are many companies participating in these programs from different parts of the world.

She added that there are platforms that provide skills to young people in this age group and provide trainers for them so that they have the skills to keep up with the labor market in the next stage, which will be necessary to deal with the global labor market. , and also cadres should include all governorships like Assiut, Sohag and Mansoura.The regions, but we are talking about a sector for foreign companies, and we confirm that university students have different skills with which to communicate, and there are times when we do not have presence in offices, but also fieldwork, as it is an essential element for the growth we want the Egyptian state to achieve.

She added that education is one of the most developed programs in Egypt during the last period and was created by a strategy developed for companies in the Egyptian market, adding that challenges exist and create opportunities for young people, but the organization needs to look at it, especially the software program and human frameworks, while the industry will need more time because of the pricing.

She emphasized that the human frameworks are not in ICT, but in all programs so that I can appear as a source of services as individuals who can work in marketing for these programs, and everything outside of IT.

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