Eng Fathallah Fawzy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Lebanese Association of Businessmen, said that the ICT sector is one of the most important and influential sectors in the economic development plans and the realization of Egypt’s Vision 2030 for comprehensive development by Egypt’s strategy to achieve digital transformation, with the aim of providing a wide range of services in an appropriate manner. Better and more effective and transform Egypt into a regional center for innovation, building a strong digital economy and society, by improving government performance, and providing government services and payments faster and simpler.
This happened during the speech of Eng Fathallah Fawzy, President of the Egyptian-Lebanese Businessmen’s Association, at a symposium on “Digital Transformation, the Basis for Economic and Social Reform,” in the presence of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Talaat, and Ali Al-Halabi, Lebanon’s Ambassador in Cairo and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States, and Eng. Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Institutional Development, Dr. Sherif Farouk, Chairman of the National Postal Authority, leaders of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, members of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Lebanese Association for Businessmen Marwan Zantout, Chairman of the Economic Committee, Omar Balbaa, Chairman of the Committee on Relations and Information, Ahmed Taiba, and Khaled Hegazy, President Executive Director of Business Sectors – Etisalat Misr and a group of members of the association from the Egyptian and Lebanese private sectors and the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Chamber, and the meeting was organized by Amr Fayed , Executive Director of the Association.
Fawzy emphasized that it is also important to pay attention to building the Egyptian citizen to be ready for the era of digital transformation by eradicating digital illiteracy and preparing a generation capable of entering the labor market to compete by increasing the competencies of workers in government agencies and citizens. , in addition to the ministry’s role in introducing the investment opportunities available to businessmen in the Telecommunications sector.
For his part, Khaled Hegazy, CEO of Business Sectors at Etisalat Egypt, explained that digital transformation is the basis for economic and social reform, and highlighted the role of the Ministry of Communications and Minister Dr. Amr Talaat as a leader in digital transformation and in developing and increasing the efficiency of government performance and improving Egypt’s international competitiveness at the level of the knowledge economy.
Dr Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, confirmed in his speech that Egypt is taking steadfast steps to achieve comprehensive development and build a digital Egypt. Providing digital jobs for the youth, as the strategy aims to provide easy government services to citizens, and provides jobs in the communication and information technology sector that depends on young people from all scientific and academic backgrounds.
Dr. Amr Talaat explained that within the framework 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 its beneficiaries and facilitate the disbursement of a grant to irregular employment at the start of the pandemic Implementation of the government’s digital transformation project to enable government agencies to exchange data, thereby gaining the citizen the service provided by different agencies through one port.
giant data centers
The minister added that giant data centers have been established at the highest technical level to host and preserve citizens’ data using the latest technologies, noting that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi launched the Digital Egypt platform several weeks ago has, which currently 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 licensing system. The issuance of the national number for the property was also launched, as well as cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to provide virtual tours of archaeological sites for residents outside Egypt.
Dr. Amr Talaat confirmed that a new phase of digital services based on the electronic signature has started, and explained that the electronic signature system has been activated in several stages, starting with its activation in government applications, where government officials will use the electronic signature in the execution of their work with the government’s move to the new administrative capital, then The stage of activation of the electronic signature system in the applications of enterprises and companies such as the electronic invoice in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, and then the stage of application to the services of citizens, where consular services will be started for Egyptians living abroad.
Dr. Amr Talaat pointed out that more than 90% of the data traffic between East and West passes through Egyptian lands and waters, explaining the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to expand the international infrastructure outside Egypt by increasing the number of submarines increase. cables, and the expansion and development of the international infrastructure within Egypt, where The local network that transmits data from the Mediterranean Sea to the sea has been doubled, from 2,700 km to more than 5,000 km, and the international network in Africa is expanded through the “HARP” cable system, in addition to the expansion of data centers for Egypt to move from a Country that transmits data to a country that hosts the data, since the largest international commercial data center is established in Egypt.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology explained that new frequencies were offered to mobile companies in 2021, at a value of $2 billion. Policies have also been followed to speed up the construction of mobile towers, as 2,300 towers were established in 2021 and aim to reach 2,800 towers by the end of 2022, noting that investments amounting to around £40 billion have been pumped in to the first phase of the project to increase the efficiency of the Internet, which contributed to the rise The average fixed Internet speed, to make Egypt the first in Africa in the average fixed Internet speed, with an average speed of 41 megabytes/sec compared to 40th place, with an average speed of 5.6 megabytes/sec before 2019, and the second phase of the project is currently being launched with investments amounting to 40 billion pounds over three years Finance to replace copper cables with fiber optic cables, which points to the ministry’s participation in implementing a decent life initiative by connecting fiber optic cable networks to provide high-speed internet services to more than 3.5 million homes, with bele ggings of 25 billion pounds.
Dr. Amr Talaat said that the ministry followed a plan to develop post offices in terms of form and content 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, Connect service and application “Yalla” to reach new segments of the Egyptian society with the deployment of 140 mobile postal cars, noting that ‘ A number of heritage post offices have been renovated, such as the Aswan Post Office, increasing the efficiency of the historic postal building at the doorstep and developing the Egyptian Postal Museum.
human skill development
The Minister of Communications added that a strategy is being implemented to develop human skills, build digital capabilities, promote creativity and develop innovative thinking, as it aims to have more than 225 thousand pupils during the current financial year 2022/2023 train with investments of £1.3 billion, working with major global technology companies to build digital capabilities for all community groups and at various levels, noting that the strategy includes a number of initiatives aimed at empowering young people from both empowering generations in the independent labor market via the Internet, most notably the “Our Digital Future” initiative, as well as the applied technology schools, where about 6 schools have been established in a number of governorates. It will be expanded in the coming period to include all governorates, explaining that the Egypt Informatics University opened in the Knowledge City in the new administrative capital, and the first group of students of the “Builders of Digital Egypt” initiative, through which global partnerships are established, to grant a professional master’s degree in one of the technical fields is graduated modern.
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 in Upper and Lower Egypt, and 19 centers are currently being established during the coming period, explaining that digital exports during the year amount to about $4.9 billion. The ICT sector achieved a growth rate of about 16.7% in the fiscal year 2021/2022 as the highest growth sector in the country, and the volume of foreign investments in Egyptian startups have from $190 million in 2020 to $490 million in 2021. to $850 million this year.