In a statement on Thursday, she said the smart cities represent an example that should be expanded.

This came during Makram's participation in a symposium on the future of smart cities and digital economy.

She said the government is keen on expanding the establishment of smart cities, lauding Egyptian experts who are keen to get Egypt to benefit from their expertise to realize development.

She noted that International marketing and strategic management professor at George Washington University Salah Hosni - who moderated the symposium - was one of key participants in Egypt Can conferences, commending his role in backing Egypt's efforts vis-a-vis the Ethiopia dam file.

She noted that President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport Ismail Abdel Ghaffar - who participated in the symposium - is one of the highly patriotic figures who returned from abroad to contribute to Egypt's development efforts