Egypt discusses enhanced ICT cooperation with Saudi Arabia, India and the United Arab Emirates

By : Samira Njoya

Date : mardi, 22 août 2023 03:10

In recent years, Egypt has made major strides in its digital transformation. To further achieve these goals, the government is searching for partners with shared digital ambitions. 

Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Amr Talaat (photo, right), recently met his counterparts, Abdullah Al-Swaha from Saudi Arabia and Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw (photo, left) from India, to explore ways of strengthening their cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology.

The meetings were held on the sidelines of the G20 Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, which took place on Saturday, August 19 in Bangalore, India.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), discussions between Abdullah Al-Swaha and Amr Talaat focused on strategic projects to promote youth, women, and entrepreneurship. Emphasis was placed on the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation in critical areas such as communications infrastructure and subsea cables.

The meeting with India's Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, focused on ways to implement the digital MoU they signed in January. They also discussed means of cooperation in the electronics industry, digital capacity building through partnerships between training institutions affiliated with the two ministries, and possible collaboration in digital infrastructure to support digital transformation.

Also in India, Amr Talaat held talks with Omar Al-Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Telework Applications. The two ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the fields of artificial intelligence and data governance.

The meetings, initiated several months ago by the Egyptian ICT Minister, are part of Egypt's Vision 2030 and its digital transformation strategy, which aim to strengthen economic and social development in all sectors and make the country a digital pole of excellence in Africa.

Samira Njoya


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