H.E. Dr. Amr Nazir Salem, the Syrian Minister
of Communications and Technology, during his meeting with members of the
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
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
E-commerce and online payment law.
Legislations related to the establishment of the
Information Technology Industry Development Agency
The Egyptian delegation comprised:
Counselor Mr. Sayed
Gemea ITIDA’s legal
Eng. Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Ibrahim Head of NTRA’s Licensing
Mr. Eid Saad Ibrahim Head of NTRA’s Legal Affairs
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
For more information:
The Press Release issued by the
Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology concerning the
MoU signed with the Syrian ministry:
The Syrian Ministry of Communications and
The Syrian Telecommunication Establishment:
A report on the visit prepared by Nile News Channel: