Egypt meets on ICT sector
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - March 21, 2011, 2:17 p.m.
Egypt’ s new Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Magued Osman, has met the country’ s public and private sector ICT leaders for talks on the ICT sector’ s future after the recent upheavals.
The Ministry said in a statement that the meeting had discussed issues related to the industry with main focus on carrying out intensive-labor projects.
It also focused on necessary efforts to regain confidence and stability of the sector and benefiting from ICT to support other vital areas, on top of the list political reforms, notably in the forthcoming elections.
According to Dr. Osman, the main priority of ICT sector in the upcoming phase is not only preserving current projects, but also attracting more foreign investors. Such priority requires stability and convenient atmosphere. This vision shall result in providing more job opportunities for Egyptian youth.
The meeting also tackled the challenges currently facing ICT as well as measures taken by Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) in this regard.
Future plans, stimulating ICT sector, stressing Egypt’ s position as a leader of outsourcing industry and exporting IT services were also among issues raised during the meeting, which will help Egypt build on what has been achieved during the past years. ITIDA’ s support to SMEs as well as setting visions to increase better growth rates were also a subject of discussion.
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