Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched on Sunday a new initiative to develop digital technology in Egypt and Africa.
In his speech at the inauguration of the 22nd round of the Cairo International Exhibition and Conference on Telecommunication and Information Technology (ICT 2018), El-Sisi announced the launch of the initiative ‘Egypt, Africa,’ which “aims to train more than 10,000 Egyptian and African youth" in digital technology.
El-Sisi added that the initiative will also work on "encouraging the establishing of more than 100 companies in the field of digital applications."
The exhibition is being held at Egypt’s International Exhibitions Center under the slogan ‘Driving Transformation,’ and it will run until 28 November.
The event was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, as well as a number of other ministers and senior state officials.
This year’s edition is focusing on the issue of digital transformation in light of the government’s plans to mechanise all public services.
Towards a digital society
The Egyptian president also highlighted that Egypt has given priority to the ICT sector through developing and modernising the telecommunications infrastructure, establishing smart cities, enabling citizens to use digital services as well as spreading awareness about digital transformation.
El-Sisi explained that this will all be implemented through the localisation of technology in different governorates of Egypt.
"What we are witnessing today is a unique effort, creative thinking and projects that are being implemented through cooperation and coordination between various ministries, this reinforces the confidence that we are on the right path towards a digital society," El-Sisi said.
The president added that the aim of a digital society is to provide equal opportunities for citizens to participate in the development process, and to provide innovative digital services that improve operational efficiency, increase productivity and improve the standards of living.
The Egyptian president also spoke about the National Academy of Information Technology for Citizens with Disabilities, which will be launched in accordance with the latest quality standards and training.
El-Sisi highlighted that the academy will stand as a tribute to the state's efforts to empower citizens with special needs by using ICT to support them and provide them with more opportunities to participate and play an active role in society.