Talaat – Egypt is the first in Africa in the average fixed internet speed

Aya Hussein

– Launching more than 125 government services on Egypt’s digital platform

Cairo in

February 2022

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, confirmed the progress of Egypt’s ranking in the average speed The fixed Internet ranks first in Africa, according to the report of the global company OCLA, as this comes as a result of the efforts to develop the information infrastructure, which resulted in a 7-fold increase in the average fixed Internet speed; Pointing out that Egypt was among the high-performing countries in the indicator of the development of government technologies for the year 2020, as well as among the largest 10. developing countries in digital inclusion; He explained that in the context of building digital Egypt and transforming into an integrated digital society, more than 2021 government services have been launched on the Digital Egypt platform.

This came during a participation Dr. Amr Talaat in the session organized by the Arab Euro-Mediterranean Organization for Economic Cooperation via the Internet under the title “Digitalizing the Economy: Opportunities Across Sectors and Regions”. Eng. Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), and members of the Euro-Mediterranean Economic Cooperation Organization participated in the session.

In his speech; Dr. Amr Talaat reviewed Egypt’s digital strategy implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; He explained the ministry’s plan to build digital capabilities, which is implemented according to a hierarchical approach that gradually starts from providing programs for training in the basics in ICT sciences, then specialized training in technology schools, then providing training through technological institutes, and graduating to reach an academic bachelor’s and master’s degree through the University of Egypt. informatics; It progresses to programs to hone the skills of graduates; Then he was awarded a practical master’s degree through the Digital Egypt Builders Initiative; He stressed that he is targeting training 200 1,000 trainees in the current fiscal year, with investments of 1.1 billion pounds.

Dr. Amr Talaat indicated that Egypt ranked first in the Middle East region. and Africa, and the position (15) at the world level in the “Global Service Locations Index” issued by the “Kearney” global consultancy for the year 2021. Where it exports digital services to about 100 destinations globally in 100 languages ​​through more than 85000 an employee in the field of cross-border services; He explained that the growth rate in the investments of start-up companies amounted to more than 2022%; He referred to the programs and projects that are being implemented to motivate young people to digital innovation and entrepreneurship, the most important of which is the implementation of a project to spread Egypt’s digital innovation centers in the governorates; Pointing to the ministry’s efforts to establish a knowledge city in the new administrative capital to serve as an integrated information society.

Dr. Amr Talaat explained the role of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the presidential initiative “a decent life” by raising the efficiency of the information infrastructure. initiative villages, dissemination of digital culture and digital economic empowerment of citizens in these villages; Referring to the plan to develop the Egyptian Post to expand the number of its branches throughout the Republic, while working in parallel to automate its work and provide new types of services; Noting the efforts made to invest in international submarine cables in light of Egypt’s distinguished geographical location in the heart of the world, which makes it a center for the passage of international submarine cables.

Following the Minister’s speech; An open dialogue was opened with members of the Euro-Mediterranean Organization for Economic Cooperation; Where the participants in the session asked a number of questions and inquiries related to the Egyptian ICT sector; The dialogue was moderated by Mrs. Clara Gretory, Secretary-General of the Organization.

In response to the question related to supporting women, especially in light of the fact that women occupy a percentage of 100 of the workers in the telecommunications and information technology sector; Dr. Amr Talaat stated that supporting women is a commitment based on a belief in the importance of their role; Expressing his aspiration to increase this percentage to be 50 % of the percentage of workers in the sector, especially since information technology tools provide the opportunity for many women to work from home.

(With regard to the establishment and management of smart cities in Egypt; Dr. Amr Talaat indicated that a 15 smart city is being established, headed by the new administrative capital, for which all the latest smart solutions are provided in cooperation with partners from all countries. ; Stressing that this matter is a priority on the state’s agenda, and there are many opportunities for partnership with German companies in this field.

In response to the question related to opportunities to support digital transformation outside Egypt; Dr. Amr Talaat pointed out that the opportunities are numerous, as technology has formed innovative patterns, including remote work; He pointed out that the Egyptian youth possesses all the ingredients and skills that make them able to compete in global markets.

And about the efforts of the Egyptian state in cybersecurity; Dr. Amr Talaat explained that the increased reliance on digital systems is accompanied by an increased risk of cyber-attacks, so a good preparation is made to repel any potential cyber attack to protect the data of the state and its citizens.

It is mentioned that the Euro-Mediterranean Organization for Economic Cooperation is A regional organization that aims to promote cooperation between Germany, the countries of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East; It is a platform to connect decision-makers in the fields of economics, politics and academics from a variety of countries and sectors. It also provides business opportunities for small and medium enterprises, in addition to promoting the creation of sustainable partnerships.