Cairo on 9 September 2019
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has delivered a speech at the 18th edition of the Egyptian Engineering Day (EED), organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Young Professionals (YP) Egypt, in collaboration with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), over two days, at Al-Azhar Conference Center (ACC).
The event was attended by Chair of IEEE Egypt Section Samir Shaheen. EED is an annual engineering forum that brings together Egyptian students, engineers, industry leaders, and government and private sector officials. It sheds light on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methodologies, Machine Learning, Data Science, and other technologies.
During his speech, Talaat underlined the significance of promoting technological innovation, and providing young people with the skills needed to meet the digital revolution requirements. He referred to the efforts that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) exerts to empower innovative young entrepreneurs in different ICTs.
Talaat highlighted Egypt’s keenness on occupying an advanced position in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in achieving high growth rates in ICT startups and attracting investments. He, also, referred to the initiatives that MCIT carries out to qualify skilled calibers in ICTs, through providing training programs in specialized areas and establishing more branches of the training institutes affiliated to MCIT and technological innovation centers, nationwide, to empower creative youth and boost investment.
In addition, Talaat stated that MCIT has been implementing Wazeefa Tech initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, to qualify young people for the labor market. This is in addition to working on expanding digital education opportunities by providing a large number of training programs in different technological areas, in cooperation with international companies through Next Technology Leaders initiative, as well as providing training courses through Mahara Tech digital academy.
Talaat added that MCIT is collaborating with the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) to implement Fekretak Sherketak initiative to support young innovators in ICT and boost startup investment. He referred to MCIT efforts to promote technological innovation and entrepreneurship through establishing the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital as a hub of research and innovation centers specialized in advanced technologies, such as AI, Data Science, Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Internet of Things (IoT).
Furthermore, Talaat referred to the programs implemented by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) to support IT products and services exports of local companies, empower Egyptian companies to access global markets and help them expand, spot business opportunities and establish new partnerships.
The ICT Minister said that a promising strategy for digital transformation is being prepared through carrying out a large number of digital transformation projects, which represent a great opportunity for young people to come up with innovative technological solutions. In addition, he highlighted MCIT keenness to adopt technological solutions provided by local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and support them to overcome economic and social challenges. Moreover, Talaat took a tour in the Engineering Project Exhibition held on the sidelines of the event. He praised the ideas presented by young people in their projects, representing innovative solutions in different fields.
EED activities include two major competitions organized by IEEE YP. The first is EED Competition, where graduation projects from the faculties of engineering, and computers and information compete. A jury gets to evaluate these projects in different engineering areas, such as electronics, communications, computers, systems, computer science, medical, mechanical, petroleum and aviation engineering.
The second is “Made in Egypt” competition. Arbitration for this one-year competition is held during EED. The organizing team provides high level training courses for participants, in different areas related to the requirements of the stages of designing and producing a technological product, from economic and feasibility studies of the project, to specialized technical courses in the production process. The aim is to qualify the participants to present their final project in the form of a competitive product that is worth labelled “Made in Egypt”. The competitions finals and delivery of awards are held during EED closing ceremony.C