Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, confirmed that Egypt is taking steady steps to achieve comprehensive development and build a digital Egypt. He pointed out that the MCIT strategy is based on three axes: digital transformation, the provision of highly efficient and stable telecommunications services, and the provision of digital jobs for the youth; The strategy aims to provide easy government services to citizens, and to provide jobs in the communication and information technology sector that depend on young people from all scientific and academic backgrounds.
It happened during Dr. Amr Talaat’s speech before the Egyptian Lebanese Association for Businessmen, in the presence of Ali El-Halabi, Lebanon’s ambassador in Cairo, Engineer Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Institutional Development, Dr. Sherif Farouk, President of the National Postal Authority, and Eng. Fathallah Fawzy, President of the Egyptian Lebanese Association for Businessmen, Eng. Khaled Hegazy, Head of the Business Sector at Etisalat Misr, and some leaders of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, with the participation of a number of businessmen from the Egyptian and Lebanese side.
The minister explained that in the context of achieving digital transformation, the Egyptian information infrastructure was built by connecting all government databases, which contributed to the formation of a digital picture of the rights of every citizen, thus enabling the government set out to provide support to those who deserve it and facilitate the payment of an allowance to irregular employment at the start of the pandemic. The government’s digital conversion project has also been implemented to enable government agencies to exchange data, thus the citizen gets the service provided by different agencies through one port; Also, giant data centers have been established at the highest technical level to house and preserve citizens’ data using the latest technologies.
Egypt digital platform
He pointed out that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi launched the Digital Egypt platform several weeks ago, which currently includes more than 130 government services on the Digital Egypt platform; He pointed out that a number of digital transformation projects are being implemented in collaboration with various sectors of the state, with investments amounting to more than 15 billion pounds, including the mechanization of the agricultural property system, the mechanization of the health insurance system, the completion of the law enforcement system, the development of economic courts and the remote litigation system, and the mechanization of the property licensing system The issuance of the national number for the property has also been initiated, as well as cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to provide virtual tours of archaeological sites for residents outside Egypt .
Talaat confirmed that a new phase of digital services based on the electronic signature has started. He explained that the electronic signature system has been activated in several stages, starting with its activation in government applications, where government employees will use the electronic signature in the performance of their work with the government’s move to the new administrative capital, then the stage of activation the electronic signature system in applications for enterprises and companies such as the electronic invoice in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance. Then the stage of application to citizens’ services, where consular services for Egyptians living abroad will begin.
He pointed out that more than 90% of the data traffic between East and West passes through Egyptian lands and waters; He explained the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to expand the international infrastructure outside Egypt by increasing the number of submarine cables, and to expand and develop the international infrastructure inside Egypt, as the local network that transmits data from the Mediterranean to the sea has been doubled, increased from 2,700 km to more than 5,000 km, and the expansion of the international network in the African continent through the “HARP” cable system, in addition to the expansion of data centers for Egypt to from ‘ A country that sends data to a country that hosts data, where the largest international commercial data center is located in Egypt.
Introducing new frequencies
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology explained that new frequencies were offered to mobile companies in 2021 at a value of 2 billion dollars, and policies were followed to speed up the construction of mobile towers, as 2,300 towers were built in 2021 and aims to reach 2,800 towers by the end of 2022, noting that the injection of investments amounting to approximately 40 billion pounds to implement the first phase of the project to increase the efficiency of the Internet, which contributed to the increase in the average fixed Internet speed, so that Egypt is the first in Africa in the average fixed Internet speed with an average speed of 41 megabytes / s compared to the 40th place with an average speed of 5.6 megabytes / s Before 2019, and the second phase of the project is currently underway with investments of up to £40 billion over three financial years to replace copper cables with fiber optic cables, which shows on the ministry’s participation in the implementation of a decent life initiative by connecting fiber optic cable networks to provide high speed internet services. For more than 3.5 million homes with investments of 25 billion pounds.
He said that the ministry followed a plan to develop post offices in terms of form and substance to provide all financial, postal and government services to citizens as 3370 offices were developed out of a total of 4000 offices, with the creation of new outlets to provide new services in the Egyptian Post, such as Egypt’s digital services, its connection service and the “Yalla” application. To reach new segments of Egyptian society with the deployment of 140 mobile mail cars, noting that a number of heritage post offices have been renovated, such as the Aswan Post Office, increasing the efficiency of the historic post building at Ataba and developing the Egyptian Postal Museum.
Talaat emphasized that a strategy is being implemented to develop human skills, build digital capabilities, promote creativity and develop innovative thinking as it aims to train more than 225 thousand trainees during the current financial year 2022/2023 with investments of 1.3 billion pounds, in collaboration with major global technology companies to build digital capabilities for all segments of society. According to various levels; He pointed out that the strategy includes a number of initiatives aimed at empowering young people of both sexes in the independent labor market via the Internet, especially the “Our Digital Future” initiative; And also the applied technology schools, where about 6 schools are established in a number of governorates, and this will be expanded in the coming period to include all governorates Through which global partnerships are established to provide a professional master’s degree in one of the disciplines of modern technical fields.
We aim to reach $850 million in investments in Egyptian startups this year
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology indicated that 8 Digital Egypt Creativity Centers have been opened to sponsor entrepreneurs and innovators in a number of governorates, including the governorates of Upper and Lower Egypt. Work is currently underway to establish 19 centers during the coming period. ; He explained that digital exports during the past financial year amounted to about $4.9 billion, and the communication and information technology sector achieved a growth rate of about 16.7% in the financial year 2021/2022 as the country’s highest growing sector, and the volume of foreign investments in Egyptian startups grew from $190 million in 2020, it will reach 490 million dollars in 2021, and it aims to reach 850 million dollars during the current year.