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During a Special Business Visit: The Egyptian Expertise Supports The Syrian ICT Sector
8/26/2007
H.E. Dr. Amr Nazir Salem, the Syrian Minister of Communications and Technology, during his meeting with members of the Egyptian delegation

The expertise and experience of the Egyptian telecom sector represents one of the most flourishing and significant experiences in the Arab World. Egypt had managed to develop that sector in a relatively small period, till it became one of the pillars of its national economy. The Egyptian ICT sector has been most apt to fulfill the societal knowledge and scientific needs.

Egypt strove to play a unique role in supporting and establishing the experiences of sister Arab countries, especially those related to a vital and successful sector as the Egyptian ICT sector.  

Within this framework of cooperation, Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 7th of June 2006. The MoU highlighted the importance of activating the bilateral cooperation and the transfer of Egypt’s expertise and experience to the Syrian ministry especially in all aspects related to ICT legislations. Under the MoU, Syria will benefit from Egypt’s experience in many state-of-the-art technological issues such as the intellectual property rights, e-commerce, online payment, electronic crime, and e-signature.

To activate the articles of the aforementioned MoU, delegates from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and Information Technology Industry Development agency (ITIDA) visited the Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology and Syrian telecom authorities with the aim of transferring the Egyptian expertise through the workshop of the Syrian ICT sector held in the Syrian Telecommunication Establishment’s premises.

The Egyptian delegate explained the Egyptian background and steps taken to set up the Egyptian ICT sector through the following issues:

  • Explaining the Egyptian telecom law, the general framework of the telecom services license in A.R.E..
  • Telecom Egypt’s position in the Egyptian law.
  • Licensing mobile services, and the licenses’ impact on the existing services at the time of their issuance.
  • Licensing data and internet services, dispute resolution in Egypt’s   telecom law.
  • Licensing satellite services, the legal regulation of telecommunication crimes.
  • E-commerce and online payment law.
  • Electronic crimes.
  • E-signature.
  • E-government.
  • Legislations related to the establishment of the Information   Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

The Egyptian delegation comprised:

  • Counselor Mr. Sayed Gemea         ITIDA’s legal Consultant.
  • Eng. Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Ibrahim Head of NTRA’s Licensing Department
  • Mr. Eid Saad Ibrahim  Head of NTRA’s Legal Affairs Department

It was decided that the visit would be for just one week starting from 5/8/2007. Nevertheless, the success and achievements attained by the Egyptian delegation led to extending the visit of the Egyptian delegation for another week as per the Syrian Ministery of Communications request; hence the visit had ended on 17/8/2007. H.E. Dr.  Amr Nazir Salem, the Syrian Minister of Communications and Technology, met the Egyptian delegation twice during their visit to Syria. By the end of the visit, he expressed to the  Egyptian delegation his deep gratitude and appreciation of their exerted efforts. H.E. stated that he would coordinate efforts with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the future to attain more cooperation in all fields related to the ICT sector. This reflects the Syrian keenness to become acquainted with the Egyptian experience and benefit from it.

H.E. Dr.  Amr Nazir Salem, the Syrian Minister of Communications and Technology, during his meeting with members of the Egyptian delegation

For more information:
The Press Release issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology concerning the MoU signed with the Syrian ministry:
http://www.mcit.gov.eg/ar/PressreleaseDetailes.aspx?id=c6iytRdEX/Y=

The Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology        http://www.moct.gov.sy/index.php


The Syrian Telecommunication Establishment:
http://www.ste.gov.sy/

A report on the visit prepared by Nile News Channel:
http://www.nilenews.tv/News/newsdetails.aspx?Show=673