Dr. Amr Badawi, Executive President of NTRA, is accompanying H.E. Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, on a high-level Egyptian delegation, on an official mission to the United States.
The delegation consists of information and communication technology (ICT) sector leaders as well as a trade mission of international and local companies operating in Egypt and board members of the American Chamber of Commerce. They are scheduled to visit Washington DC and New York for boosting communication with the new US administration.
Afterwards, Dr. Amr Badawi will travel to the West Coast, where he will visit the headquarters of Intel, Cisco, and Qualcomm. At Intel, he is scheduled to view a demo on Wimax technologies. Moreover, at Qualcomm, Dr. Badawi will meet with Mr. Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm and will see the Qualcomm Research and Development Center Technology Showcase Demos.
The topics on the agenda of the meeting at Cisco, it will focus on Gated Communities, Green Initiatives - Cisco Energy Wise, Emerging Technologies, as well as lawful Intercept: capabilities and experience.
As for the official mission, it aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation in the coming phase, especially in the field of ICT. It follows the important visit of American President Barack Obama to Cairo beginning of this month.
The visit is likely to open new channels of collaboration between Egypt and the US on several levels including: internet governance, especially in view of the special interest given by the US to this subject, child and youth safety online and technological innovation.
Egypt is leading Internet Governance Forum (IGF) due to be held in November in Sharm El-Sheikh.
A number of agreements are expected to be signed with American companies, which will be to pump more investments and enter into alliances with their Egyptian counterparts.
Dr. Amr Badawi will join H.E. Minister Kamel on several meetings with a number of US officials and regulatory bodies. In addition, the delegation will meet heads of international organizations working on ICT and eight mega ICT companies. Moreover, they will pay field visits to advanced ICT research centers.
Additionally, the delegation headed by Dr. Kamel will confer means of putting into force bilateral cooperation in the presence of 300 Egyptian and American businessmen at a meeting due to be held at the American Chamber of Commerce during which some agreements will be signed between the two parties.
Meanwhile, Minister Kamel will meet board members of Information Technology Association of America where he will present the Egyptian experience of ICT sector development and invite a number of prominent US officials and business sector leaders to participate in Internet Governance Forum.
Furthermore, Dr. Kamel will gather with Egyptian expatriates working in the ICT sector in Washington D.C. and the surrounding states. After that, he will head to New York to the heads of a number of international organizations, companies and consulting firms.
Egypt has been having effective partnerships with American ICT companies over the past eight years, following the principle of partnership in carrying out all development operations under the slogan 'ICT for Development' and other executive plans for developing the sector to meet the needs of the local market and regional markets of specialized calibers.