Egypt’s new ICT plans
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Aug. 11, 2011, 10:01 a.m.
ICT law amendments and access for all are among the short term goals of Egypt’s new ICT Ministry.
In his first press conference after taking the responsibility, minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem, said the casualties of the 25th January Revolution and young people come on top of his priority list over the next six months.
He said the ministry is currently organising a training programme for 500 of the Revolution casualties, in order to provide them with needed skills to join call centres.
The ministry also aims to amend several ICT laws, such as the Communications Law and those related to information circulation, data privacy, cyber crimes and e-commerce. Better access for all is also high on the ministry's list of priorities.
A plan is also being put in place to develop local ICT SMEs, through a programme of micro credits for companies, exchange and marketing projects, creating job opportunities and attracting investments.
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