The Ministries of International Cooperation, Environment, Communication and Information Technology have announced the launch of the International Climatech Run 2022 competition, targeting emerging companies working in the field of climate technology from the African continent and around the world, with the aim to stimulate and the encouragement of innovative and sustainable digital and technological solutions to promote climate action and face the economic consequences and social consequences.
This comes within the framework of the Egyptian state’s preparations to preside over and organize the COP27 climate summit and the efforts made to involve all relevant parties in promoting climate action, and encouraging innovative ideas and sustainable solutions.
The launch ceremony was attended by dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environmental Affairs, and Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
Nicole Champagne, Chargé d’Affairs, US Ambassador in Cairo, Kanayo Awani, Executive Vice President of Afrixim Bank, Pravin Agrawal, Country Director of the World Food Program in Egypt, Hisham El Nazer, Director of Google Egypt, Frederica Maser also participated. , Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund, and Ahmed Rizk Resident Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
The International Climatech Run 2022 competition is an example of constructive partnerships between the government, development partners, the private sector and large technology companies, in order to open up prospects for climate action for start-ups, as the competition is implemented in partnership with the US agency for start-ups become International Development, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Development Program and the Bank. The African export-import “Afrixim Bank”, Google, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Microsoft Corporation, and among the accelerators Falak StartApps, Entrepreneur Network, AfriLabs and many other partners.
The competition comes in response to the global call for the need to address climate change and innovative sustainable solutions aimed at preserving the environment and giving priority to environmentally friendly technologies that support solutions for adaptation and mitigating the repercussions of climate change. To contribute with their solutions for providing sustainable and innovative mechanisms to deal with climate change and to raise awareness of its seriousness and how to face the economic and social challenges it causes. The second track is targeting specialists in the field of digital art.
Minister of International Cooperation: The international competition aims to increase the participation of start-ups in combating the repercussions of climate change
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, in her comments highlighted the essential role that start-ups can play through innovative ideas to combat the repercussions of climate change by reducing emissions in the energy sectors, improving food security and stimulating smart and sustainable transport .
She explained that Egypt aims to stimulate the participation of relevant parties to transform climate pledges into realistic and tangible measures during the COP27 climate summit to transition to a green economy.
The Minister of International Cooperation indicated that the initiative we are going to come about as a result of partnerships between the government, the private sector, development partners and business accelerators in order to stimulate emerging companies working in the field of climate technology, and to receive the best. ideas from around the world, especially the African continent, explaining that the initiative is among a number of One of the axes that the Ministry is working on in preparation for the Climate Summit, and in line with the government’s effort to transition from promises to implementation.
The Minister of Environment: Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Conference COP27, the implementation conference, including raising ambition through viable youth ideas
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of the Environment, emphasized that the launch of this competition, which targets young entrepreneurs and emerging companies from around the world in the application of communication technology to face the challenge of climate change, confirms the role that this sector can play with youth visions and innovations in advancing climate action.
She explained that the phenomenon of the climate challenge has become a reality recognized worldwide after the clear consecutive effects on the planet, which require rapid action from all, and on the way to the upcoming COP27 climate conference, which Egypt is hosting as an implementation conference . and the Egyptian presidency’s vision of it as a path to a just ambitious transition, meaning the translation of this path to ambitious implementation, through the implementation of urgent measures on the ground and how to implement them, and ambition, meaning that the level of our aspirations, which cannot be done without the power of voices calling to address climate change.
Minister of Communications: We support research and development to use modern technologies to face the repercussions of climate change
Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, emphasized that the Climatech Run 2022 international competition is an embodiment of the joint efforts of the government represented in the three ministries with international organizations, local and global companies, civil society, entrepreneurs and innovators. to build effective innovative solutions to face the effects of climate change.
He pointed out that this highlights the strength and importance of innovation and technological solutions provided by emerging companies to preserve the environment; He praised the fact that the competition pays attention to dedicating a part to encouraging innovation in Africa, as well as focusing on digital art specialization to face the challenges of climate change.
He explained that digital arts is one of the priority disciplines in the ministry’s technical training strategy, as the Faculty of Digital Arts has been established at Misr Informatics University, and several initiatives to build capacity in this specialty have been launched.
Talaat pointed out that the ICT sector is based on innovation; Point out the ministry’s efforts to provide a stimulating environment for technological innovation and entrepreneurship through the establishment of 12 Digital Egypt Innovation Centers in the governorates which include technological incubators to transform innovative ideas into ground-based projects.
During the ClimaTech Run global competition launch event, US Embassy Chargé d’Affairs Nicole Champagne said: “Climate change is a never-ending threat and the United States is committed to addressing the climate crisis and working with our global partners to achieve our shared climate ambition. promote.”