Ramallah – Dunya Al Watan
Today, Tuesday, 23-08-2022 AD, the Communication and Information Technology Advisory Board organized the first meeting of actors in the field of communication and information technology, in the presence of the Chairman and members of the Information and Communication Technology Advisory Board.
In turn welcomes Ms. Suhail Madhoukh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, includes the active elites in the field of information and communication technology, including academics and a group of private sector, trade unions and companies working in the field, adding that this meeting within the framework of the exchange of opinions and ideas and the promotion of this sector, and the review of the most important recommendations of the Council during the last period.
M pointed out. Madhoukh that the idea of establishing the Advisory Council for Communication and Information Technology within the framework of government efforts to develop the administrative apparatus and achieve development goals, pointing out that the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology was formed in January. 2022, based on the system of advisory boards for government departments issued by the Government Action Follow-up Committee in December 2021.
Madhoukh explained that the tasks of the Advisory Council are to propose visions and perceptions related to the field of work of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, to propose policies and mechanisms necessary to achieve the goals of the ICT sector. achieve, to work to express opinion. and advice and to provide recommendations on issues presented to the Council relating to the ICT sector, and to represent Stakeholders in the field of information and communication technology, discuss their perceptions and interests, and contribute to the strengthening of coordination between the various stakeholders in the field of information and communication technology.
And between m. Madkh that the council includes 11 members representing the most prominent stakeholders in the information and communication technology sector in Palestine, representing in the government, academic, private sector and trade unions in the information and communication technology sector.
He said that the advisory board discussed many of the most important topics, including the mechanism to classify information and communication technology companies according to various criteria, such as their efficiency and ability to deliver the product according to specifications, the possibility of controlling the foreign companies. ‘ attraction of Palestinian programmers from Gaza, and improving the ways for the ministry and actors to contribute to the relevant academic programs before After graduation, organize an annual meeting for the elite specialized in the field of information and communication technology under the supervision of the Council to obtain feedback from the stakeholders.
M continued. Madkh that the advisory board worked on the preparation of a computerized medical profile proposal, ways to activate the ICT expert platform in Palestine, the current government’s open data policy, which is being developed with a joint government effort, mechanisms to solve problems that companies facing the government. agencies, and ways Limit freelancers and the possibility of providing them with better services.
He added that the council also discussed the mechanisms to activate the technology tower project to operate it, standardize and approve specialized titles in the field of information and communication technology, classify information and communication technology experts according to objective standards of the global communication and communication technology. information society, and procedures regarding the elderly. Through official bodies, as well as the implementation of the outcomes of the celebration of the day
As M. Maddokh spoke about the most important achievements of the Ministry of Communications during the year 2022, the most important of which is the completion of the postal coding project in the southern governorates, the introduction of the unified government communication system (161) to facilitate access to government electronic services, and the launch of the award for the best smart digital transformation in the private sector for the year 2022 AD under the slogan “Towards a society” Digital, and the launch of the “Hukoomi” application on smart devices, which is an integrated window for all government transactions and data for citizens, and the launch of the national campaign to combat addiction on the Internet, social networking sites and electronic games.
He added that the ministry worked to improve the field of remote work through the ministry’s participation with the relevant ministries in the preparation of a strategy for remote work, the formation of the National Council for Remote Work, and the launch of a project to integrate graduates into the labor market, which targets in its first phase 100 graduates and will be followed by multiple stages, and the rehabilitation of a company. A third for the distribution of internal mail in the Gaza Strip, the preparation and approval of the ministry’s strategic framework and development indicators for the years 2022-2024, and the approval of the strategic framework and development indicators for digital transformation within government departments for the years 2022 -2024.
And he indicated that the ministry has been working on issuing a policy for the development of smartphone applications, preparing a policy for providing non-governmental organizations with data, a policy for managing and exchanging data, issuing of instructions regarding the registration of cellular devices on the mobile electronic display management system, and approval of a draft decision on the establishment of a government data warehouse, and a mechanism Interactive data between government departments’ systems, the strategic framework document for the digital economy in Palestine, computerization of old files related to employees’ tenure and financial obligations, and payment of licensing returns 7% for companies that provide broadband Internet services for previous years.
He said that the ministry was working to give all licensed telecommunication, information technology and postal companies a 50% exemption from the accumulated and new fees, and the implementation of the award for the best innovative youth idea in support of digital transformation in government work, and signed an agreement with the Business and Technology Incubator at the Islamic University to accept the winning first place idea.
M continued. Dizzily that the achievements of the ICT sector face many challenges and obstacles in terms of the technical aspect, such as keeping up with the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and broadband
High speed and big data, developing skills and building frameworks such as improving the quality of education and introducing new disciplines in the field of information technology to increase the number of students enrolling in these disciplines, as well as strengthening the role of the private sector, which includes encouraging companies to invest in the information and communication technology sector, and increasing the contribution of the information technology sector and communication in the local product and sustainable development, and finally the aspect of integrating roles between all sectors and building an integrated system for this ecosystem.
He mentioned the main challenges imposed by the occupation, which is a major obstacle to the promotion of the information and communication technology sector through the occupation’s control of the Palestinian frequency spectrum, and the failure to use it to provide the services provided is to be developed, especially in the field of mobile communication, and the use of advanced generations third, fourth and fifth generation mobile communication, and control Occupation at the intersections and limitation of the introduction of modern devices and technologies.
He also asked to focus on the active and influential role of all sectors working in the ICT sector, and their progress and development, and that holding this meeting would be a comprehensive forum and a broad extension of the work of constitute the Advisory Board and an additional station. for interest in the ICT sector, promoting opportunities for success and partnership and listening to opinions that would develop this important and important sector.
The meeting included two sessions, the first one by Dr. Tawfiq Barhoum, entitled “Ways to Confront the Challenges Facing the Information and Communication Technology Sector in Palestine”, and led the second session by Ing. Ziad Al-Sheikh Al-Deeb was titled “How to Leverage Information and Communication Technology to Serve Society in the Age of the Digital Economy.” The meeting also has many main themes and important interventions in the framework of the development of the essential and important sector for the role of the ICT Advisory Council through the participation of active elites in the field of information and communication technology, exchange of opinions and ideas and the promotion of this sector.
At the end of the meeting, a member of the ICT Advisory Board gave a. Muhammad Abu Safiya the main recommendations of the meeting, the most important of which is the determination of the career path for majors, and the continuous work to bridge the gap between universities and the labor market to qualify graduates to integrate into the labor market, and guidance of self-employment in the form of meetings and groups (Agency) within the concept of (skills – management – English language), as well as the linking of data (digital repositories) and making it available to researchers in Palestinian universities, the outsourcing of government projects to the private sector, which emphasizes the preservation of data privacy and its beneficiaries according to specialization, works to provide an encouraging and successful investment environment, and adopts trends in information technology that serve other sectors on its diversity.