FILE: Egypt's Minister of Communications Amr Talaat
CAIRO – 4 March 2019: “The Ministry of Communication singed 32 memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch digital transformation, establish data centers, develop networks, hold technological training for Egyptian youth and attract investments," Minister of Communication Amr Talaat told Egypt Today Monday.
“Also, the ministry signed MoUs with Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson," he added. These agreements were signed during the minister’s participation in the World Mobile Exhibition that was held in Barcelona from February 25 to 28 under the title of "Intelligent Connectivity".
During the exhibition, the minister met with more than 41 high level officials from international companies and institutions in the field of communications, technology and information, including three ministers from other countries, he said.
Contracting with Microsoft will boost investments in Egypt and increase the confidence of international companies in the same field in the country's investment climate.
During the current parliamentary session, the ministry will present the Personal Data Protection law that aims to protect data of companies and international institutions provided they have the same law.
“Moreover, extensive talks were held with World Bank officials and the organizer of the World Expo, where I met with the World Bank vice president for infrastructure affairs to help Egypt become an information technology center in the region and establish projects to support African countries especially that Egypt is in charge of the African Union,” the minister said.
The year 2018 was a significant year for Egypt’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, where it was awarded membership in the Administrative Council of the International Telecommunication Union. Also, the contribution of ICT to the gross domestic product (GDP) grew 14 percent year-on-year in FY2017-18 compared with FY2016-17. In line with Egypt’s vision to attract foreign investment and rebuild the Egyptian citizen, Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat announced his ministry’s strategy during the three years and stating the current figures of ICT sector at American Chamber monthly luncheon meeting.