INTERVIEW - Egypt has a clear strategy for digital transformation to enhance its economic growth: Huawei Cloud’s VP

Doaa A.Moneim , Thursday 23 May 2024

Egypt has a clear strategy for its digital transformation and cloud computing, which encouraged Huawei Cloud to launch the first public cloud in the Middle East and North Africa region, “Cairo Region,” in Egypt, Jacqueline Shi, Vice President of Huawei Cloud, told Ahram Online.

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Shi's statements came during an interview with Ahram Online on the sidelines of Huawei Cloud Summit Egypt 2024, held in Cairo on Tuesday.

She stressed that Egypt has ample potential to enhance the digital transformation process, thus boosting Egypt's economic growth.

“The Egyptian government released a clear cloud strategy to drive its digital digitalization journey and encourage our players in different industries to embrace new technologies. Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's endorsement of this strategy inspired industries to understand cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) since he realizes that Egypt needs more new opportunities based on cloud and AI,” Shi told Ahram Online.

Launched in 2014, the Egyptian Government Cloud (EG-Cloud) Strategy focuses on improving the efficiency and performance of the government by delivering optimum value through uplifting operational efficiency and responding faster to integral needs. The cloud model supports governmental agencies grappling with the need to provide highly rapid, reliable, and innovative services despite resource constraints.

China and Egypt's robust ties

“China and Egypt have an excellent relationship based on mutual trust. Therefore, I believe we can work together to make the impossible possible,” Shi said, highlighting how these ties will contribute to deploying cloud computing in the Egyptian market.

She further explained that this cloud region will help all Egyptian industries and sectors become connected to the world and support their activities through data-driven solutions. 

Egypt’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector is the fastest and highest growing sector in the country’s economy, achieving an approximately 16.3 percent growth in FY2022/2023. The sector has sustained growth for five consecutive fiscal years. During the current FY2023/2024, the ICT sector garnered revenues worth EGP 315 billion with a growth rate of about 75 percent, according to the Egyptian Cabinet’s data.

Startups and SMEs are key beneficiaries

According to Shi, the cloud will benefit entrepreneurs, startups, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These are considered key players in all economies, particularly  Egypt's.

The cloud should also contribute to "providing new job vacancies," she added.

"Joining the cloud region will stimulate more people to work together and drive the country's economic growth. It is also a way to assess change and boost traditional industry's productivity and competitiveness by accessing other external markets,” Shi explained.

Recently, President El-Sisi inaugurated the first Government Data and Cloud Computing Center (P1) in Ain Sokhna, whose key mission is to provide essential services to average citizens. The centre also introduces cutting-edge technologies, such as AI-powered solutions and big data analytics, for the public sector.

Potential collaboration

Shi told Ahram Online that the new cloud is open to collaborate with all entities seeking to benefit from AI-powered cloud computing services.

“Sharing tech knowledge is at the heart of the cloud region. You can bridge the digital gap for all industries, but we also need an open environment to connect the national project to the globe. The cloud helps build a bridge between national and global projects," she noted.

Since its foundation in 2000, Huawei Egypt has committed to collaborating with over 350 local brands and supporting the local ecosystem. The company has set up 90 ICT academies to support ICT talents, including the “Seeds for the Future” programme and an ICT competition. These talent programs have benefited over 35,000 Egyptian ICT talents.

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