The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has stated that enacting the Personal Data Protection Law supports the diligent efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to protect citizens and residents’ personal data.
It is also a key step to bolster MCIT efforts to implant data center industry in Egypt and create a safe environment for the circulation of information in the cyberspace, he added.
The ICT Minister's statement was in light of President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's approval of Law No. 151 of 2020, to issue the Personal Data Protection Law, after being passed by the Parliament.
The ICT Minister said that the data center industry is one of the most promising industries that contribute to the growth of the economy, significantly, through attracting international investments in this field.
Talaat highlighted that Egypt’s unique location on the global submarine cable map helps create promising opportunities for many Egyptian and international companies to start implanting this industry in Egypt. This in addition to the availability of electric power, which is an essential element for establishing a data center industry, with electric power being produced abundantly in Egypt. Moreover, according to the Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy (ISES), the Egyptian government set goals to increase the contribution of renewable energy to 20% of the electric power mix by 2022, and 42% by 2035, added the ICT Minister.
It is worth mentioning that MCIT is working on implanting data center industry, as part of the State’s efforts for boosting the development of the ICT infrastructure and digital services, through improving work environment, supporting decision making and finding solutions to the society issues.