UK trade envoy Sir Jeffrey Donaldson arrived in Cairo on Monday accompanied by a British delegation to take part in Egypt's MENA Innovation 2018 Conference, the British embassy in Cairo announced.
According to the British embassy’s statement, the UK delegation is the biggest foreign delegation participating in the conference, which focuses on education technology and is being hosted by Egypt for the first time.
The delegation is also participating in the official ministerial summit for ICT innovation in education and digital inclusion, which is also being hosted for the first time in Egypt.
The summit is being organised by British company Brains Innovation Summits in collaboration with the Egyptian ministries for education an technical education, communication and information technology, and higher education and research.
According to the statement, 22 government ministers from across the Midle East and North African and sub-Saharan Africa are participating in the summit, as well representatives of ministries responsible for education, high education and information and communication technology from at least 30 countries.
A total of 54 exhibitors are featured at the summit, including 14 British companies.
The statement also highlighted the British companies that are currently working in the field in Egypt, including Kortext and Encyclopedia Britannica, who support the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, a project aimed at making education available to all Egyptian students through an online portal.
Donaldson will meet with Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and a number of cabinet ministers.
"This visit will focus on specific proposals in education, as well as in healthcare and infrastructure to support Egypt's development," Donaldson was quoted as saying in the statement.
He will also be a keynote speaker at the innovation conference.
"Britain leads the world in using technology to transform education and so we are working closely with Egypt to make sure Egyptians can benefit from exciting new ways to access education and take control of their learning," John Casson, Britain’s ambassador to Egypt, is quoted as saying in the statement.