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Talaat opens the first summit of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) in Cairo

Aya Khossein

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, inaugurated today the first summit of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) in Cairo, which is organized by the regional business unit “GSA-Egypt”. In cooperation between the Information Technology Industry Development Authority “ITIDA” and the “Etisal” Association; And with the participation of officials and representatives of more than 50 a local and international company specialized in the field of designing electronics and embedded systems in the semiconductor industry, and a number of experts and academics specialized in this industry.

The summit includes a number of events, seminars and panel discussions aimed at highlighting the current state of the semiconductor industry globally, the advantages and competitiveness of the Egyptian market, holding discussions on advanced technologies, venture capital investments, the future of semiconductors and embedded systems in the automotive industry, and challenges The current situation facing the industry, especially the lack of skills.

In his speech; Dr. Amr Talaat confirmed that the electronics industry is witnessing rapid growth in Egypt in light of the government’s interest in developing this industry and placing it among its work priorities. Pointing out that the electronics industry development strategy is being implemented to enhance Egypt’s position in this important industry by working according to five pillars, which are capacity-building, partnerships, strengthening components, developing policies, and establishing regions and centers for the development of this industry.

Dr. Amr Talaat added that capacity building is the cornerstone of the electronics industry development strategy. He explained that Egypt has a broad base of young talents, as thousand young people graduate annually in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; Of them 50 a thousand young men from engineering graduates; He explained the efforts made by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to invest in building the digital capabilities of youth, which resulted in the training of about 600 thousand young people over the past three years; Through a variety of programs and initiatives, including short training programs, self-employment skills training, specialized education in the field of information and communication technology at the university level, and master’s scholarships in technical disciplines; Pointing out that the training programs include various disciplines of communications and information technology, with a focus on electronics design; The ministry aims to double the number of specialists in this industry and enhance their competitiveness.

Dr. Amr Talaat explained the state’s interest in developing policies related to encouraging domestic and foreign investment in the electronics industry in Egypt, including the establishment of economic zones, industrial technological zones, and expansion In specialized laboratories to enhance the growth of companies operating in the electronics industry, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has also established the largest center for the electronics industry in Egypt, Knowledge City, in the New Administrative Capital, which hosts 24 A company specialized in the field of electronics design to serve as a center for research, development, testing and innovation, including specialized laboratories; In addition to developing the communications infrastructure with investments of $4 billion, which resulted in raising the efficiency of the Internet, so that Egypt topped the ranking of the African continent in average fixed Internet speed, in addition to developing policies related to improving the climate and business environment for small and medium enterprises, and supporting technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Amr Talaat pointed out that the electronics industry development strategy focuses on strengthening Egypt’s potential as an attractive destination for export centers of electronic design services. He explained that he works in Egypt for more than 50 local and international companies specialized in the design of electronics and embedded systems; It also has many competitive advantages that qualify it to expand in this promising industry and provide services to various markets. Alluding to the efforts exerted to establish partnerships with the private sector and attract major international companies specialized in this industry to cooperate in building digital capabilities, and establishing centers for them in Egypt to meet the growing demand for this type of services.

Dr. Amr Talaat expressed He expressed his aspiration for further cooperation with the Global Semiconductor Alliance, noting that the establishment of the regional business unit GSA Egypt “GSA-Egypt” is an important step in driving the growth of this promising industry.

This is considered The Global Semiconductor Alliance is a leading industry organization that brings together leaders and professionals in the fields of semiconductors, software, solutions, systems, and services with the goal of creating an efficient, sustainable, and profitable global technology ecosystem. It includes more than 120 member companies, including more than 120 government companies, and provides a unique platform through which to interact Executives, partners and clients to innovate, accelerate the growth of the sector and enhance investment and intellectual return. GSA members represent about % of the semiconductor industry valued at over $billion.

Eng. Ahmed Al-Zaher, Acting CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA), explained that the authority places the electronics industry and design on top of its priorities as one of the most important major technological industries globally that contribute to promoting economic growth. He stressed that the authority is seeking, through Egypt’s digital strategy for the outsourcing industry 2022-600, which was launched last February, to double the volume of exports of cross-border information technology products and services and to promote Egypt as a destination. Attractive to providers of electronics design services, value-added services, quality testing, and embedded systems, and enhance their global competitiveness in this promising sector.

Engineer Ahmed Al-Zaher added that local companies in Egypt have many success stories at the international level in value-added services. There are more than international companies operating in Egypt specialized in the fields of electronics design, embedded systems, integrated circuit development, semi-transportation, and electronic chip software testing, which exports its services. out; Pointing out that Egypt has specialized skills, where more than 6000 specialized engineers work in this highly specialized sector, which reflects the attractiveness of the Egyptian market as a stimulating environment for business, creativity and development in the fields of electronics manufacturing and design.

On her part; Ms. Judy Chilton, CEO of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), explained that the global alliance includes members from major companies in various aspects of the industry, including semiconductor manufacturers, embedded systems and software; Noting that this industry is growing at a great rate of 40% in the period from 2020 to 2022; Pointing to the most important challenges facing this industry, on top of which is the lack of specialized skills.

Mrs. Judy Shelton added that Egypt enjoys many advantages, which prompted the alliance to establish, for the first time, a business unit outside the alliance in Egypt, which now includes about 30 companies; Emphasizing that Egypt has a broad base of skills, and is also a gateway to various markets and the continent of Africa.

It is noteworthy that the Global Semiconductor Alliance had established a regional business unit in Egypt under the name “GSA Egypt” – Egypt”, in cooperation with the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA) and the “Etisal” Association, as part of the alliance’s expansion plans to include major players and leaders in the semiconductor industry, software, solutions, systems and services. GSA Egypt provides companies operating in Egypt with the benefits and entitlements of full membership in the alliance, enabling them to communicate with experts specialized in the semiconductor industry, and learn about the latest technologies, business practices and models, as well as the opportunities available in various markets through a range of activities, events and specialized conferences. .