Writing: Wael Al-Toukhi
The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation and the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Trade, coordinates the participation of Egyptian companies working in the field of electronics at the “Electronica” exhibition held from 15-18 November in Munich, Germany, within the framework of “Egypt manufactures electronics” initiative.
The government provides an opportunity for Egyptian companies specializing in electronic design to showcase their products and innovations in the Egyptian pavilion at the exhibition to promote the electronics industry in Egypt, enter new markets, expand on a global level and export their products.
Details of the “Egypt manufactures electronics” initiative:
In 2016, the Information Technology Industry Development Agency launched a program specializing in the design and manufacture of high-value-added electronic circuits and systems.
The presidential initiative “Egypt makes electronics” is currently one of the landmarks of the ICT industry in Egypt. The initiative was launched to make the electronics industry one of the mainstays of economic growth in Egypt.
The initiative mainly contributes to doubling the volume of Egyptian electronics exports, reducing the import of electronic and electrical appliances to the local market, and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs for leading researchers, engineers, technicians and workers.
The initiative is based on two main axes:
– Excellent design and manufacture of high-value electronic circuits and systems backed by a high level of technical support.
Creating a labor-intensive electronics industry.
The general framework of the strategy adopted by the state in the field of electronic industries:
To encourage research, development and creativity and to encourage exports by activating trade agreements, developing human resource capabilities and improving the legislative environment
To make the electronics industry one of the pillars of economic growth at the state level by doubling Egyptian exports
Achieving self-sufficiency in the local electronic products market, which will help reduce the pace of its imports
Providing new jobs for specialists and technicians working in this field
The promising electronic products targeted for manufacturing include: mobile devices, tablets, navigation devices and industries that power them, such as lithium batteries, electric chargers, lighting products, televisions and screens with liquid crystal display (LED) units, smart meters and solar energy systems such as solar cells, power converters, control units and energy storage batteries. Incentive packages and programs offered by the government to encourage companies to increase their investments in electronics
1- “Attract capital” program, which is a program that involves financing a local partnership with an international company, or a single local company that manufactures a promising product or one of its high-tech nutritional components.
2- “Capital program to modernize feed industries”: This includes the financing of a local entity to develop the capabilities of existing feed industries.
3- The “operating expenses” support program, which aims to increase the competitiveness of some locally manufactured components that are important for promising products such as the manufacture of printed electronic circuits, packaging of microelectronic chips, earphones and lithium batteries.
4- “Empowering Innovative Designs” program, which is a program designed to fund research and development projects and the creation of electronic components in electrical appliances, automobiles and others.
5- The Design Companies Development Program: This includes funding research for companies working in the field of the Internet of Things, portable devices, smart city systems, LED technology chips, micro-electromechanical systems and seed funding for emerging electronic companies, and the providing funding for electronic design programs and development tools and product testing and financing of design patent costs internationally.
6- “Marketing financing” program: Financing the issuance of quality certificates, financing the establishment of accredited local centers that can issue these certificates, financing the participation of small and medium-sized companies in international exhibitions and working visits abroad, and financing of obtaining studies and reports necessary to increase their exports.
7- The “Export Incentives” program for electronic design companies, based on the financing of the export burden of companies through cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
8- Technical and specialized training, targeting three main levels of workers in the electronics industry, which is the level of “basic and advanced” training in the design of integrated circuits, systems and products, and aims at between 500 and 800 to graduate engineers annually.
9- The “Technical Training” program, which aims to graduate 2,000 skilled workers and technicians.
10- A training program for 50 to 100 “entrepreneurs and leaders”.
11- The “Detailed Training for Companies” program to finance the training of cadres of companies working in the field of design and manufacturing at home or abroad to transfer advanced technology according to the needs of each company, and a presentation of activities and projects through which it is possible to improve the local demand for electronic products, such as the popularization of smart education systems and the modernization of the network Communication with local fiber optic cables and the employment of local electronics in giant state projects such as the New Administrative Capital project, the development of the Suez Canal axis and other pioneering national projects.