The discussion circulated around strategies for the development of the ICT sector, and its role in supporting Egypt’s development vision
The ICT sector was pivotal during the pandemic, with countries all around the world relying on technology for business continuity and various activities, said Minster of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat in a recent multi-stakeholder platform meeting earlier today.
She added that over the past year, the ICT sector saw significant growth, and the purpose of the meeting was to promote and present structural reforms to take place within Egypt’s ICT sector to development partners.
Meeting with the Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Amr Talaat, and multilateral and bilateral development partners including the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt, Elena Panova, and representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The discussion circulated around strategies for the development of the Information and Communications Technology sector, and its role in supporting Egypt’s development vision.
Egypt is witnessing an unprecedented boom in the digital transformation, stated Talaat, noting that they have launched 75 digitized government services on the Digital Egypt platform.
Talaat stated that $1.6 billion worth of financing was secured to raise the efficiency of the internet services in the past 2 years.
The MCIT is eager to expand cooperation with international institutions to build constructive partnerships and maximize utilization of the sector's potential for development, he added.
Talaat stressed that the Ministry is cooperating with state entities and institutions to implement Egypt’s digital strategy, revolving around adapting digital technologies to serve the needs of the people.
The government continues to work to maximize the participation of the private sector in the development agenda, states Al-Mashat, and to implement structural reforms that support such public-private cooperation.
She added that the inclusion of development partners in these meetings has given them the opportunity to get acquainted with the procedures, the reforms and the development plans to map out effective future partnerships.
UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Panova emphasised that ICT is one of the promising sectors that played a major role during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that major efforts have been made to develop it continuously.