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 came during the speech of Eng Fathallah Fawzy, President of the Egyptian-Lebanese Businessmen’s Association, at the symposium “Digital Transformation, the Basis for Economic and Social Reform” in the presence of His Excellency, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Amr Talaat, and Ambassador Ali Al-Halabi, Lebanon’s Ambassador in Cairo and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States Eng. Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Institutional Development, Dr. Sherif Farouk, President 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, head of the Economic Committee, Omar Balbaa, Chairman of the Relations and Media Committee , and Ahmed Tiba and Khaled Hegazy , CEO 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, CEO 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.
In his speech, Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, confirms that Egypt is taking firm steps to achieve comprehensive development and build a digital Egypt. He pointed out that the strategy of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology 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.
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 those who deserve it and facilitation of 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; Giant data centers are also established at the highest technical level to host and preserve citizens’ data using the latest technologies, noting that several weeks ago President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi launched the Digital Egypt platform, which is currently including 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 launched, as well as collaboration 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 electronic signature has been 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.
Dr. Amr Talaat indicated 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, where the local network carrying data from the Mediterranean Sea to sea has been doubled to increase 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.
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 pounds have been pumped is to the first phase of the project to increase the efficiency of the Internet, which contributed to the increase 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 starting with investments of 40 billion pounds over three financial years to replace copper cables with fiber optic cables , indicating 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 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 and Waselha service And the application of “Yalla” to reach new segments of the Egyptian society with the deployment of 140 mobile post 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.
Dr. Amr Talaat confirmed 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 pupils during the current financial year 2022/2023 lead with investments of 1.3 billion pounds, in collaboration with major global technology companies to build digital capabilities for all segments of society and 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.
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, and work is currently underway to open 19 centers during the coming period. establish; 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.