Technology – Daily News Egypt https://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:36:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Siemens completes establishment of Toshka electrical substation’s extension https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/18/siemens-completes-establishment-of-toshka-electrical-substations-extension/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/18/siemens-completes-establishment-of-toshka-electrical-substations-extension/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:09:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690257 This paves way for Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project

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Siemens has completed building and connecting the extension of Toshka electrical substation, southern Egypt, after three months of work, Siemens revealed on Monday.

The new extension paves the way for the implementation of the Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project. The new 220 kv air-insulated substation (AIS) will dispatch around 400MW of electricity to secure reliable power transmission coupled with minimal losses of transferred power, added the statement.

The substation, which is located near the Egyptian-Sudanese boarder, about 1,300 km away from Cairo, will play a strategic role in the upcoming Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project, the statement noted, adding that the project links the national grids of both countries, from Toshka city in Egypt to Dongola in Sudan, via a 170-kilometre transmission line.

The substation’s extension is expected to connect 400MW, the statement mentioned, adding, “With a difference in peak demand times during the day for each country, the interconnection project will help foster energy exchange, therefore boosting electricity supply and economic growth in both Egypt and Sudan.”

“The new project comes in line with Egypt’s national plan to share power with neighbouring countries as well as drive more dynamic African cooperation in different areas, including energy,” said Sabah Meshaly, chairperson of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

The extension of Toshka substation marks the first phase of this landmark project, which will expand access and lower the cost of electricity supply to homes and business in Sudan and promote sustainable development, she added.

Under the agreement, Siemens was responsible for project management, engineering, designing, manufacturing, and delivering of core components for the extension of the substation, along with providing site management, testing, and commissioning on a turnkey basis.

“Egypt-Sudan interconnection project is definitely a unique opportunity to unlock Africa’s vast energy potential,” said Farag El-Saadany, senior executive vice-president of Siemens in Egypt.

“For our team, this agreement not only represents our continued collaboration on outstanding projects like these but also our ongoing efforts to adapt to an evolving energy landscape and implement key regional infrastructure projects that support reliable, stable and efficient energy transmission.”

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Ericsson, Intel develop next-generation software defined infrastructure for 5G era https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/17/ericsson-intel-develop-next-generation-software-defined-infrastructure-for-5g-era/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/17/ericsson-intel-develop-next-generation-software-defined-infrastructure-for-5g-era/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:35:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690161 Ericsson and Intel Corporation have begun a multi-year collaboration to align ongoing development efforts in software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and Intel Rack Scale Design. The resulting next-generation infrastructure management platform will deliver a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency, and efficiency required for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G. Many communications service providers have …

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Ericsson and Intel Corporation have begun a multi-year collaboration to align ongoing development efforts in software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and Intel Rack Scale Design.

The resulting next-generation infrastructure management platform will deliver a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency, and efficiency required for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G.

Many communications service providers have already started transitioning to standards-based servers to reduce infrastructure costs. However, others need additional management capabilities to streamline operations and fast-track delivery of new services, in order to realize the full potential of their infrastructure.

Ericsson and Intel are teaming up to deliver a next-generation hardware management platform that extends the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer. For service providers, the new infrastructure management solution will help speed time-to-market, maximise utilisation, and reduce total cost of ownership.

As part of the multi-faceted agreement, the companies will align development efforts of Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel Rack Scale Design (Intel RSD) and extend these solutions with advanced management capabilities. These unified development efforts will allow operators to leverage multi-vendor hardware options, Ericsson’s end-to-end software solutions, and Intel’s latest architectural innovations.

Lars Mårtensson, Head of Cloud & NFV infrastructure, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, said: “We have long history of successful collaboration with Intel. This new collaboration will focus on software in addition to hardware and we see it to be truly transformative for service providers’ ability to successfully deploy open cloud and NFV infrastructure, from centralized datacenters to the edge. Intel’s and Ericsson’s joint efforts significantly strengthen the competitiveness and roadmap of the Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure offering.”

Sandra Rivera, senior vice president of Network Platform Group at Intel, said: “5G will be transformative, accelerating today’s applications, and triggering a wave of new usages and edge-based innovation. Our infrastructure manageability collaboration with Ericsson will help communications service providers remove deployment barriers, reduce costs, and deliver new 5G and edge services with cloudlike speed on a flexible, programmable, and intelligent network.”

As part of the collaboration, Ericsson and Intel will converge Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel RSD reference software while maintaining full backward compatibility for current customers. Jointly-developed software and hardware innovations resulting from the collaboration will be offered in subsequent Ericsson hardware platforms and may also be offered with Intel’s server products which are sold through other partners and in other industry segments.

Ericsson SDI system is based on Intel RSD and provides a common managed hardware pool for all workloads that dynamically scales and enables fast service rollout, performance optimization, and efficient hardware utilisation. Intel RSD is an industry-wide architecture for disaggregated, composable infrastructure that fundamentally changes the way a data center is built, managed, and expanded over time.

The companies will show the Ericsson SDI Manager at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona on 25-28 February.

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Google, Apple criticised for Saudi app allowing men to track female relatives https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/16/google-apple-criticised-for-saudi-app-allowing-men-to-track-female-relatives/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/16/google-apple-criticised-for-saudi-app-allowing-men-to-track-female-relatives/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:20:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690053 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in an interview with NPR that he was unaware of the Absher app, the Saudi-based government app which allows men to track the movement of female family members, but he will investigate. The app was first highlighted at the beginning of February in a report of Insider news. It is …

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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in an interview with NPR that he was unaware of the Absher app, the Saudi-based government app which allows men to track the movement of female family members, but he will investigate.

The app was first highlighted at the beginning of February in a report of Insider news. It is available in Apple and Google app stores in Saudi Arabia. The US tech giants are getting blowback from human rights activists and lawmakers for hosting the app.

The app offers Saudis a one-stop shop for tasks such as paying parking tickets and renewing driver’s licenses. But Saudi men also use Absher to register their dependents as part of the kingdom’s repressive system, in which women have to seek permission from male relatives before they conduct a number of matters, including traveling outside the country.

Both Apple and Google have faced previous controversy over apps in their stores. Both stores have policies banning inappropriate content such as the promotion of hate speech, graphic violence, bullying, and harassment. The companies have faced some backlash over these policies, particularly around how they might impact small businesses.

Apple and Google have different systems for flagging inappropriate apps. Apple pre-screens apps, and Google relies on its users to alert it about violations. However, each company needs to boost scrutiny of government-supported apps.

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NTRA licences Etisalat Misr to provide triple-play services in compounds https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/16/ntra-licences-etisalat-misr-to-provide-triple-play-services-in-compounds/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/16/ntra-licences-etisalat-misr-to-provide-triple-play-services-in-compounds/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:13:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690036 The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has granted the mobile network operator, Etisalat Misr, a triple-play telecom licence that allows the firm to provide mobile and landline services, high-speed broadband, and fiber-optic TV services. NTRA’s Acting Executive President, Mostafa Abdel Wahed, and CEO of Etisalat Misr, Hazem Metwally, has singed the license agreement. “We are …

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The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has granted the mobile network operator, Etisalat Misr, a triple-play telecom licence that allows the firm to provide mobile and landline services, high-speed broadband, and fiber-optic TV services.

NTRA’s Acting Executive President, Mostafa Abdel Wahed, and CEO of Etisalat Misr, Hazem Metwally, has singed the license agreement.

“We are pleased to receive the licence to establish and operate triple-play services in compounds. We will also announce more products for customers in compounds in the near future, as Etisalat Misr’s plan is to provide Value-Added Services (VAS) to enhance content and improve services quality,” Metwally said.

Egypt has started to offer triple-play telecom licences for the private sector since 2010. Teletech, a Vodafone-led consortium, and Link, an Orascom Telecom and Mobinil-led consortium, were the first to receive this licence in the country. The service is expected to attract $1bn of investments within the next five years.

According to the licence’s terms, Telecom Egypt, which later became a mobile service provider, was responsible of establishing necessary infrastructure for the triple-play services in compounds. Etisalat Misr will be the first telecom company to provide this service independently.

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ITU announces details of WSIS Forum https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/itu-announces-details-of-wsis-forum/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/itu-announces-details-of-wsis-forum/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:15:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689739 Event will cover cybersecurity, e-agriculture, e-health, e-education, gender equality, environment, infrastructure, enabling environments for tech, innovation

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The International Telecommunication Union has revealed

The details of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will focus on information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to advance the United Nations sustainable development goals.

The WSIS Forum will take place on 8-12 April in Geneva. It will feature sessions on cybersecurity, e-agriculture, e-health, e-education, gender equality, the environment, infrastructure, enabling environments for tech, and i

innovation.

As over half of the world’s population is now using the internet, the WSIS 2019 will showcase innovative examples of how countries, civil society, academia, and businesses are using ICTs to reach national and global development goals.

It will include WSIS prizes 2019, which a contest that recognises outstanding initiatives of individuals, governments, civil society,

local, regional, and international agencies, research institutions, and private sector companies that use tech to advance development.

During the event, the WSIS ICT Accessibility Day will be celebrated with a focus on innovating technologies to benefit people with disabilities or special needs.

The WSIS Forum 2019 is expected to have more than 3,000 participants, including 500 high-level policy-makers from over 150 countries, such as government ministers and experts, civil society leaders, academics, business leaders, and international organisations.

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OECD estimates over 130 million new jobs emerge between humans, machines by 2022 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/oecd-estimates-over-130-million-new-jobs-emerge-between-humans-machines-by-2022/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/oecd-estimates-over-130-million-new-jobs-emerge-between-humans-machines-by-2022/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:11:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689736 It is vital countries use digital technologies as great equaliser: Secretary-General of OECD

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expects that 133 million new jobs may emerge in the shake-up between humans and machines by 2022, as the world starts to witness the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The Secretary-General of OECD, Jose Angel Gurria, called on governments and institutions around the world to collaborate far more closely around the 4IR, to harness the opportunities of technological change to end poverty, curb inequalities, confront discrimination, and ensure vast numbers of people are not left behind.

“The digital transformation can change the world, but we have to create a level playing field. In OECD countries alone, we estimate up to half of all people will be displaced or affected by technology” he said.

The OECD’s projections suggest that one billion people worldwide lack the necessary digital literacy and skills to participate in the digital economy. This uneven broadband access means that less than half the world’s population uses the internet. Globally, 200 million fewer women are online than men.

Furthermore, Gurria stressed that it is vital countries use digital technologies as a great equaliser, and not create a situation where they have to look after people who are unable to participate in a new digitally-driven economy.

Gurria was a speaker in a plenary session titled ‘The Future of the Economy in the Age of 4IR’, at the seventh annual meeting of the World Government Summit, which is held on February 10-12 in Dubai, attended by more than 4,000 world leaders, policy makers and experts from over 150 countries.

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Indian doctors use technology to detect blindness in early stage https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/indian-doctors-use-technology-to-detect-blindness-in-early-stage/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/indian-doctors-use-technology-to-detect-blindness-in-early-stage/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:05:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689733 Machines can be trained to identify even earliest stages of diabetic retinopathy, grade it with as much accuracy as human doctor

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Ramasamy Kim, head of retina services at an eye hospital in southern India, and his team have examined about 15,000 images from across the country showing the interior surface of the eyeball, known as the fundus over the past five years.

By grading each image, marking abnormal spots, lesions and indications of bleeding, they have contributed to a database of retinal images from all over the world, compiled by Google and its health tech subsidiary, Verily.

The data has been assembled into an algorithm – a set of instructions built into a computer programme to identify eye complications arising from diabetes.

Over time severe diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels of the retina. It causes them to leak blood and cholesterol. In many cases, the patient does not even realise this is happening.

There are no symptoms until retinal tissue begins to swell, vision becomes cloudy and eyesight begins to fail. At this point, it is difficult to treat, and, in some cases, irreversible.

Google and Verily say they have addressed the issue in India by working with well-established eyecare centres to build the raw data that their algorithm needs.

“By partnering with well-known institutions, we can continue our research and pilot studies in implementing artificial intelligence(AI)-powered screening technology,” says Lily Peng, a Google product manager.

Machines now can be trained to identify even the earliest stages of the diabetic retinopathy and grade it with as much accuracy as a human doctor.

In developing countries, AI technology that employs data sets for machine learning is now expected to make rapid strides as an effective screening and diagnostic tool. In India, for example, it has the potential to save millions of lives.

AI algorithms in development have the potential to work with specialised attachments to ordinary smartphone cameras, making them cost-effective.

Big data and AI have yet come in for stinging criticism in recent years, over issues of privacy, fairness, accountability, and transparency.

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Palm oil users test new satellite technology to track deforestation https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/palm-oil-users-test-new-satellite-technology-to-track-deforestation/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/palm-oil-users-test-new-satellite-technology-to-track-deforestation/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689730 Monitoring system allow for targeting people felling trees in producing countries more efficiently than policing supply chains on ground

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Some of the world’s major palm oil users, including Nestle, Unilever, and Mondelez have been criticised for overusing palm oil, which threatens iconic species through deforestation in producing countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

Regarding the high demand, a larger number of products contain palm oil, from pizza, biscuits to beauty treatments such as lipstick.

These firms are now trying out new satellite technology to track deforestation. They say the monitoring systems allow them to target people felling trees in producing countries-where forests are shrinking-more efficiently than policing supply chains on the ground.

Palm oil buyers have toyed with satellite imagery for years, but have now ramped up their use as they rush to meet a pledge of zero net deforestation by 2020, set by the global umbrella body the Consumer Goods Forum.

Palm oil contributes less to deforestation than beef or soy. It has garnered attention because it thrives in biodiverse regions, threatening endangered species and exacerbating global warming.

Satellite imaging has been used to spot deforestation in areas of palm oil cultivation for years, but obtaining the images was expensive and they often took months to arrive to end users.

The new satellite technology will have faster results within five days, which allow companies to make decisions such as cutting ties with suppliers based on the data.

It also involves more detailed base mapping of concessions and forests with help from environmental groups, so companies can target areas where valuable forests are shrinking, rather than sending verifiers in at random.

In the past, problems with government data and reluctance by palm oil companies to specify plantation boundaries made it difficult to gauge when they encroached on protected forests.

The satellite imaging and mapping will be used to monitor forests and send alerts to users when it picks up changes via its web portal whenever it detects forest cover change greater than a football field, linking it to nearby mills.

The platform combines satellite images captured every 20 minutes by Airbus, NASA ,and the European Space Agency, overlaid with maps showing the legal boundaries of plantations, locations of suppliers, and the conservation value of nearby forests.

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Trump signs executive order to prioritise, promote AI https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/trump-signs-executive-order-to-prioritise-promote-ai/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/trump-signs-executive-order-to-prioritise-promote-ai/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:42:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689726 One big motivator of new AI drive, China

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US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to boost the development and regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, as many experts believe AI will define the future of everything from consumer products to health care to warfare.

The executive order includes the American AI Initiative, which aims to better educate workers in the field, improve access to cloud computing services and data needed to build AI systems, and promote cooperation with foreign powers.

The order also calls on agencies to protect civil liberties, privacy and American values in applying AI technologies, and to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programmes and computer science education.

AI-based technologies such as facial recognition can be used to enhance government surveillance, while studies have found that computers are susceptible to the same racial and gender biases as the humans whose data they learn from.

Tech leaders from industry and academia have pushed the Trump administration to develop a national AI strategy. The White House in December hosted a listening session with the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm to field ideas for securing American dominance in AI and other fields.

There is also one big motivator of the new AI drive, China. The US government worries about China’s ambitions in technology, and an ongoing push to rein in trade abuses is in part an attempt to ensure America doesn’t lose its competitive edge.

In November, the commerce department asked for public comment on a proposal to curb exports of certain technologies, including AI. Such rules would restrict US businesses from sending some products overseas.

In July 2017, the Chinese unveiled a plan to become the world leader in AI, aiming to create an industry worth $150bn to its economy by 2030, and two Chinese cities promised to invest $7bn in the effort. Other governments, too, began making large investments, including South Korea, Britain, France, and Canada.

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School of the big city: electronic learning system, diagnostics in VR https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/school-of-the-big-city-electronic-learning-system-diagnostics-in-vr/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/school-of-the-big-city-electronic-learning-system-diagnostics-in-vr/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:30:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689714 “School is an absolutely open system, open to parents, teachers, organisations from the outside. Schools initiate collaborations with businesses, scientific, and cultural institutions, urban projects. Moscow is a big city for education,” said Pavel Kuzmin, firector of the Moscow Center for Quality of Education and programme director of the “City for Education” forum. It is …

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“School is an absolutely open system, open to parents, teachers, organisations from the outside. Schools initiate collaborations with businesses, scientific, and cultural institutions, urban projects. Moscow is a big city for education,” said Pavel Kuzmin, firector of the Moscow Center for Quality of Education and programme director of the “City for Education” forum.

It is the time when the school and the teacher have to motivate the student to learn.

In the era of the digital economy, education around the world rushes online, classroom electronic boards compete with a phone screen.

How can advanced technologies be integrated into the education system?

In Moscow, schools have created an infrastructure for knowledge acquisition and assimilation: Moscow Electronic School, diagnostics in VR, online service for self-training “My achievements” as well as vocational classes.

In 2018, Moscow was the first one in the world to launch the knowledge diagnostics in virtual reality.

The student does not take it as a test, that is unique in this format, it’s more about additional motivation and interest to the school subject.

The project stimulates research skills, what is especially important in the natural sciences – chemistry, physics, and biology. The interactivity boosts an experimental spirit in school children.

The VR laboratory is absolutely mobile. It looks like fully equipped bus that requires WI-FI connection. Every school can send a request to pass the diagnostics in VR.

Moscow Electronic School is a unique and unified system for all parts of the educational process, a single electronic journal for teachers, students, and parents, a huge amount of content that teachers create by themselves: electronic lesson scenarios that any teacher can use absolutely for free.

The project was presented at several international exhibitions and forums: “City for Education” forum in Moscow and Bett Show 2018 in London and the UAE at the international exhibition AKDAR.

This is a real discovery for international colleagues. There is no such analogue on the international market, especially in such a scale. There are many resources for teachers abroad, but they are mostly paid. A unified system for all teachers, students, and parents created in Moscow is absolutely unique development.

Vocational classes in schools are equipped no worse than leading enterprises and universities. Very few institutions can boast of such a set of equipment that was confirmed by international colleagues from Europe, who were visiting Moscow schools.

International colleagues also express interest in the issue of school financing, and an open procedure for certification of directors.

Every each student or teacher has an opportunity to check his or her level of knowledge on any subject at any time for free, and also to undergo the diagnostics in international studies like PISA and PEARLS even from a telephone, these are possibilities that an online service of self-preparation and self-test My Achievements gives.

The service has more than 200,000 users, more than 750 testing options are available, as well as up-to-date final attestation tasks versions, which allows students to estimate their knowledges. 

The city as a space creates an ecosystem for people’s education, especially school kids and their parents. The project “Saturdays for schoolkids” suggests children to attend various lectures, master classes, and trainings at the city venues. Everything is open, free, and available for the whole family.

All the advanced technologies of the Moscow education system were represented at the international forum “City for Education”, that had been gathering the best speakers from all over the world for two years. In 2018, it became the most visited educational forum in the world. The event visited more than 133,000 people within four days.

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Google celebrates Monuib’s 114th birthday https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/google-celebrates-monuibs-114th-birthday/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/google-celebrates-monuibs-114th-birthday/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:37:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689559 Actress one of few female comedians who managed to capture people’s hearts

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With her famous smile which is carved on the silver screen of the golden era’s history, google celebrated the 114th birthday of the veteran actress, Mary Mounib.

Known as one of the silver screen’s funniest mother in laws, the artist was born in Beirut in 1905. Her family soon moved to Egypt, where she spent her whole life in Shubra. At the beginning of her life, the prominent actress had to work as a dancer at Road El Farag amusement park in order to help support her family.

Afterwards, she was shortly introduced to Al-Rihany troupe, which was the theatre’s most active performing group in the 1930’s. Her remarkable talent started to shine ever since, while performing several theatre plays

The distinguished star is one of the few comedians who topped the list of female artists who managed to capture people’s hearts, despite always playing the role of the evil mother in law who always tries to turn the life of her daughter in law into hell. 

Her most famous films are Hamaty Malak (My Mother in Law is an Angel), and Al-Hamawat Al-Fatenat (The Mesmerising Mothers in Law).

Mounib took part in over 200 films throughout her 35-year-acting journey. The alluring star left our world in 1969. 

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Talaat witnesses signing of partnerships in ICT sector during WGS 2019 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/talaat-witnesses-signing-of-partnerships-in-ict-sector-during-wgs-2019/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/talaat-witnesses-signing-of-partnerships-in-ict-sector-during-wgs-2019/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:32:35 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689556 Programme aims to equip 100 trainees per year, to meet requirements of labour market, provide them with job opportunities in companies specialised in this field

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During his participating in World Government Summit(WGS),  the Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)Amr Talaat , and Jamal bin Huwaireb, the CEO of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and MBRF to support cooperation and exchange of expertise and technical assistance between the two sides in the field of innovation and creation.

The agreement was signed by Maha Rashad, ITIDA acting CEO and Shamsa Al Balooshi, MBRF director of Partnerships. The three-year MoU comes as a part of knowledge sharing between both sides, establishing cooperation and exchanging knowledge during the Arab Innovation Summit.

The event, which is hosted in Dubai in February of each year, holds seminars, workshops, and symposiums. In addition to the Egyptian pavilion in the summit, Egypt’s MCIT exerts efforts for holding the Arab Innovation Summit in Cairo this year.

Talaat participates in the seventh annual meeting of the WGS, which is held from February 10-12 in Dubai, attended by over 4,000 world leaders, policy makers, and experts from more than 150 countries.

Furthermore, Talaat also witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) between ITIDA and UiPath for Middle East and Africa-a software development company specialised in the development of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-to cooperate in qualifying Egyptian calibres and to polish their skills in the field of software provided by UiPath RPA through the company’s electronic platform.

The Information Communication and Technology minister and Karan Dixit, the vice president of UiPath discussed the firm’s future plans to open headquarters for the company in Egypt, and the transfer of experiences of UiPath to Egyptian companies working in the field of business process outsourcing to provide RPA services.

The collaboration also entails formulating a training programme that takes into account the industry’s requirements, determined by the company’s international and local partners in Egypt. The programme aims to equip 100 trainees per year, to meet the requirements of the labour market, and to provide them with job opportunities in the companies specialised in this field.

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Accept for Technology, Payments partners with valU for online instalments https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/07/accept-for-technology-payments-partners-with-valu-for-online-instalments/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/07/accept-for-technology-payments-partners-with-valu-for-online-instalments/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:53:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689164 The Accept for Technology and Payments announced a partnership agreement with valU, specialised in payment-on-instalment programmes, to avail the latter as an alternative payment method for online stores. The agreement offers online access to valU’s client base and selling proposition that allows consumers to pay on instalments over tenures between 3 and 24 months. “We …

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The Accept for Technology and Payments announced a partnership agreement with valU, specialised in payment-on-instalment programmes, to avail the latter as an alternative payment method for online stores. The agreement offers online access to valU’s client base and selling proposition that allows consumers to pay on instalments over tenures between 3 and 24 months.

“We believe that by offering this solution to merchants in the country we are enabling businesses to reach their maximum growth potential, while embedding an indispensable payment method into the behaviour of the average Egyptian consumer,” stated the Co-Founder and CEO of Accept Payments, Islam Shawky.

The company strongly believes in the power of innovation in payments and that adding as many payment methods as possible to conventional methods, such as cash collection, credit and debit cards, mobile wallets and e-payments, enables merchants with multiple growth channels by accommodating consumer needs and behaviour, Shawky added.

Walid Hassouna, CEO of EFG Finance Holding, pointed out that the partnership comes in line with valU’s strategy in developing a proposition that suits the needs of younger demographics as well as increasing their points of sales to increase the number of clients’ purchase options.

“Our first partnership was with Tradeline Stores as a pilot, followed by Hedeya, Denta Carts, and 2B. This digital expansion resonated well with our clients, which gave us the drive to extend our services to other key e-commerce players through Accept’s leading digital services,” Hassouna added.

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AFCON gives Egypt good opportunity to use digital payment: GSMA https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/06/afcon-gives-egypt-good-opportunity-to-use-digital-payment-gsma/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/06/afcon-gives-egypt-good-opportunity-to-use-digital-payment-gsma/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:02:35 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689139 Mobile money could help government reach people who were previously financially excluded, says Swanepoel

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Through improving the telecommunications infrastructure, establishing smart cities, and enabling citizens to use digital services, Egypt is looking into how this could impact the country in the future. This week, Amr Talaat, the minister of communications and information technology, said that “technology, including artificial intelligence, is a key discipline and will continue to be in the coming decade.”

It came during a meeting held between Talaat and a team from Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global research and consultancy company.


Egypt is one of three countries, alongside China and Mexico, to receive technical assistance from the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative community in order to promote digital financial inclusion.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Ruan Swanepoel, the head of Mobile Money at the GSMA— the mobile communications industry body—highlighted the GSMA’s collaboration with the Egyptian government in its transformation to digital payment.

“The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) is very supportive to mobile payment. We had a fantastic workshop in the GSMA with the CBE, and with other banks, as well as the National Telecom Regulatory Authority,” adding, “We also had a meeting with mobile operators. There was a positive indication to a growing need for mobile money in Egypt, and finding use cases which suit young people and others who want to use the service.”

Swanepoel sees that naming Egypt as the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is a good opportunity for the adoption of digital payment in the country. He explained, “Why not have services which enable digital payment? For instance, you can pay for tickets online using mobile money through a mobile wallet, instead of paying in cash and standing in long queues to buy them, which will save effort and time.”

Moreover, he believes that mobile money could help the government reach the people who were previously financially excluded, and to start granting them access to financial services. He noted, “Mobile money provides a huge opportunity here because a large majority of Egyptian people does not have bank accounts, yet at the same time, there is high mobile penetration with four mobile networks operating in the country, which allow people to use their mobile phones as means for payment or other business transactions.”

Swanepoel said that digital payment is effective, especially with young people who are always using applications extensively. In order for mobile money to work, an individual should own a smartphone and an application with a digital wallet, which can be issued by one of the banks or mobile operators.

Regarding the challenges which could hinder digital payment to flourish in the Egyptian market, he said that the government needs to focus on having specialised agencies everywhere in the country in order to allow people to use digital wallets. The implementation of digital payment should allow it to be more convenient than the traditional ways of transferring money, and to look at the needs of customers.


Furthermore, Swanepoel highlighted that the government should initially focus on electronically registering new merchants while maintaining minimum risks, such as creating wallets which have limited values and do not allow high-value transactions. This mechanism should be adopted in the beginning of the process, then increase the wallet’s limits afterwards, because higher limits are mainly used in big business deals.

“It is important to find use cases which address the needs of Egyptian people, then make sure that the government has the sufficient capabilities, through ensuring that the country has several specialised agencies and a good regulatory frame,” he concluded.

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World marks SID under ‘Together for better internet’ slogan https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/05/world-marks-sid-under-together-for-better-internet-slogan/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/05/world-marks-sid-under-together-for-better-internet-slogan/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:00:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688956 Google provides tips for enhanced safety during online surfing 

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Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become an important event in the online safety calendar. It started as an initiative of the EU’s Safe Borders project in 2004, and was taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005. The SID has grown to be recognised in 140 countries worldwide, and this year, the SID is celebrated on 5 February under the slogan “Together for a better internet”.

It comes at a time when corporate privacy scandals, global ransomware epidemics, nation-state attacks, and the regrettably fast-expanding cybercriminal world all threaten to tear the internet apart.

Google, the tech giant, recently conducted a survey on parents and teachers in the MENA region, and it found out that parents believe that children should learn about online safety and digital citizenship at the age of 10. The survey also showed that 43% of teachers say that parents need to do more in order to keep their children safe while surfing online. Additionally, 85% of teachers feel that they need more resources in order to teach online safety to students.

The US-based firm also published some tips for safer usage of internet coinciding with the SID, with the most important tip being the use of unique passwords for the accounts. Moreover, creating a unique password for each account eliminates the risk of being hacked in all online accounts at once. Each password should be hard to guess and better yet, at least eight characters long.

It is also important to go one step further in order to secure the accounts by setting up a two-step verification, which requires the user to go through a second step—such as entering a six-digit code which is generated by authenticator apps to allow signing into the account. This will significantly decrease the chances of someone gaining unauthorised access to the account.

Setting up a recovery phone number or email address, while keeping them updated, can be useful for a quicker access into the account in case the user cannot sign in. For many web services, a recovery phone number or email address can be used to notify the user if there is any suspicious activity in the account.

Moreover, parents need to talk to their children about online safety before handing them an electronic device. Children should know what is appropriate to be shared online and with whom, as well as how to spot online scams, in addition to recognising when to consult a trusted adult.

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VR technology revolutionises house design https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/03/vr-technology-revolutionises-house-design/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/03/vr-technology-revolutionises-house-design/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 20:18:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688824 Virtual Reality (VR) started to change gaming, music, and even the medical field, and it can now change architecture and the way architects create their designs. The VR was slowly adopted in many architectural fields, revolutionising the sector that used to be stable in the 21st century culture. For the uninitiated, the VR is a …

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Virtual Reality (VR) started to change gaming, music, and even the medical field, and it can now change architecture and the way architects create their designs.

The VR was slowly adopted in many architectural fields, revolutionising the sector that used to be stable in the 21st century culture.

For the uninitiated, the VR is a term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. Three companies currently dominate the VR technology: Sony, HTC, and Facebook.

Architecture relies on having actual data, logistics, and visualisation of a certain area to design any project, and the VR allows making this task easier and more accurate, as one of the most difficult tasks for architecture is visualising an area.

During the designing process, architects can step into a building and change designs of windows, doors, rooms, etc. The VR does not only make the design process more precise, it can also drastically accelerate the process.

Properly visualising an area does not only help bring ideas to life but helps architects tackle issues like construction logistics, the needed types of materials, and how would a design look like. It makes the VR a powerful design tool.

The VR makes dealing with clients easier, it gives clients a tour in the environment of the new design, interacting with products.

The VR allows clients to step into a place and check out its specific elements, environment, and construction needs. Many companies are working on creating a special VR tech for architecture.

The VR makes this process far easier, though the 3D modelling is still a powerful tool. It gives a vision about the project and reduces costs.

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GSMA members to discuss European ban on Huawei’s 5G equipment https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/02/gsma-members-to-discuss-european-ban-on-huaweis-5g-equipment/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/02/gsma-members-to-discuss-european-ban-on-huaweis-5g-equipment/#respond Sat, 02 Feb 2019 20:38:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688678 Meeting will be during Mobile World Congress

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The GSMA mobile communications industry body has proposed a meeting to discuss a plan to ban Huawei the 5G equipment in the European Union amid mounting industry concerns that the move could set operators back by years.

The GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, had written to members proposing to put the debate around Huawei onto the agenda of its next board meeting, a spokesperson for the federation told Reuters.

The meeting will be held in late February on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s biggest annual gathering in Barcelona.

The European Commission is weighing a de-facto ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment for next-generation mobile networks due to security concerns. Some Western countries, including the United States and Australia, have restricted Huawei from building next-generation mobile networks.

As many operators are relying on Huawei to build out 5G networks, a de-facto ban would be a considerable setback for Europe’s efforts to stay competitive in communications, with implications for connected factories, self-driving cars, and medical technology.

The Chinese state-owned firm denies the accusations of spying and sabotage, and the tech giant said in a statement that “Huawei is open and committed to working with European institutions to develop a cyber security standard for Europe.”

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Biologists use GPS-GSM technology to track Egyptian endangered vulture https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/biologists-use-gps-gsm-technology-to-track-egyptian-endangered-vulture/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/biologists-use-gps-gsm-technology-to-track-egyptian-endangered-vulture/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 17:23:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688542 As with many other raptors, death was linked to human activity

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A biology team from the University of Barcelona (UB) has marked a number of Egyptian vultures with GPS emitters in order to conduct tracking of their movements, their use of space, and the migration process. Egyptian vultures are usually found in Spain between March and September as they pass by the country in their transcontinental journey.

The Egyptian vulture is an endangered migratory species, yet there is not a lot of information on its transcontinental journeys, its mortality, the number of losses and their causes during these journeys.

“This is the first time that GPS-GSM emitters were used on this species, which is endangered worldwide, with the purpose of finding more about their transcontinental movements,” says lecturer Joan Real, head of the Conservation Biology team at the UB.

The team was able to track the six Egyptian vultures with GPS technology. Within few weeks, the vultures generated an enormous amount of data regarding the feeding areas, phenology, movements, and the causes of mortality. As with many other raptors, death was linked to human activity, which is a big problem for the preservation of the species.

The venom used to illegally hunt carnivorous animals is one of the main threats to these raptors. The data show that things such as electrocution from electric lines cause deaths, and are probably a threat to the viability of the Egyptian vulture populations.

The obtained data is important and is of great interest to address the challenges of the conservation of this endangered species. Furthermore, within the framework of the project which is active till 2020, the researchers intend to tag more Egyptian vultures with GPS emitters in order to continue studying how they live and obtain resources, and therefore accumulate more scientific data on their survival and movements.

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Planned cybersecurity centre will monitor any digital fraud in banks https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/planned-cybersecurity-centre-will-monitor-any-digital-fraud-in-banks/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/planned-cybersecurity-centre-will-monitor-any-digital-fraud-in-banks/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688425 The Head of Payment Systems at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), Ehab Nasr, said the CBE works within a large team in the government regarding digital transformation under the umbrella of the National Council of Payments. “The bank works within a general framework to produce a national payment card ‘Meza card’. We aim to …

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The Head of Payment Systems at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), Ehab Nasr, said the CBE works within a large team in the government regarding digital transformation under the umbrella of the National Council of Payments.

“The bank works within a general framework to produce a national payment card ‘Meza card’. We aim to increase the number of this card’s users to about 20 million over the next two years, and provide 1m acceptance points within three years,” Nasr told Daily News Egypt.

He pointed out that the digital security is a big dimension that we are working on, we have been working on establishing cybersecurity risk incident centre. It will be the first defence line for banks in digital transformation. It will be responsible for monitoring any digital fraud incident in banks, so that they can to take precautions.

The National Payments Council has recently issued a set of decisions obliging government agencies to use digital payment systems, starting from 1 May. The government agencies will start providing points of acceptance at their headquarters starting from 1 June.

Last October, the National Payments Council has approved a law regulating the use of non-cash payments. This law will present incentives to encourage citizens to use these cards and mobile wallets, especially in government transactions. It will also make the government use digital payment system.

Nasr highlighted the CBE’s efforts in amending the Law No. 88 of 2003 which authorises the CBE to formulate and implement monetary policy. The bank added a new chapter on payments. It would place all payments providers under the regulatory umbrella of the CBE. In addition, there will be a set of laws to provide solutions for fintech and digital financial services.

For mobile money, Nasr said the CBE has a set rules that were passed in 2016, to make it easier for KYC litter (know your client), and faster to have a mobile wallet account in post office or mobile stores. We have currently 12m mobile wallets in the market, and we need just to work on how to attract more people to use it.

There is an additional step related to customer service to be launched this year. It is an application which people will use to create their mobile wallets without the need to go to any mobile store or post office.

“At the same time, we are working on a training programme in digital security. We have a cooperation deal with the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) to train 200 employees in digital security during the next two years,” he added.

The CBE works with the Ministry of Finance on a large plan to establish a large network of points of acceptance in the government agencies, in parallel with a training plan for state employees so that they can use these points effectively.

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We must have national strategy for digital financial inclusion: Moussa https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/we-must-have-national-strategy-for-digital-financial-inclusion-moussa/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/we-must-have-national-strategy-for-digital-financial-inclusion-moussa/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:30:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688419 ‘When financial transactions, governmental services are available on digital platforms, presence of a digital identity will be crucial,’ says minister advisor for digital economy

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Amr Moussa, the MCIT minister advisor for digital economy, believes that there is a big challenge for Egypt to prove its worth in the ability to be a model for other countries regarding financial inclusion and reliable infrastructure, with the MCIT regulating the infrastructural information, without interfering in the data or privacy.

Moussa stated, “Safe infrastructure has international standards, when we have full control over the infrastructure, we can move towards to the next step. We must also have a national strategy for financial inclusion, so that there is no overlap between the CBE’s and the MCIT’s efforts, but rather a complementation between everyone’s efforts.”

The transformation to the digital era results in a new form of criminal behaviours, therefore the government must have some procedures for cybercrimes. “We must have the tools to fight cybercrimes. There is a role for the ministry of justice, and its role in accepting digital evidence which will be used in the prosecution process,” Moussa added.

Another arising issue is when a person/entity is given the right to use a service, then there should be terms which guarantee that only this particular person/entity is able to obtain it. There should be documentation of this use so that they will not be able to deny this later, this offense is not considered fraud, but it is actually called non-repudiation in the legal setting, which means that a person could have the right to obtain benefits of a certain service, but then deny it later and claim they do not have access to it.

Moreover, Moussa sees that when financial transactions and governmental services are available on a digital platform, the presence of a digital identity will be crucial. Building a digital identity will make electronic services easier and more effective, such as the ‘Meza’ card, which will introduce a complete digitisation of all the government’s services through its use.

Yet, he thinks that the society is known to be resistant to changes to a certain extent, and it must be taken into account in the application of the digital financial inclusion, because people are comfortable with traditional means, and what they already know.

Furthermore, he sees that there is a principle of advertising which states that a need has to be created first, then provide the service which will cater for that specific need. However, it is different with society as we should provide those services first, then start to raise awareness, as people usually opt for using new services themselves when they hear about new ones.

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Future of cash: will it become obsolete? https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/future-of-cash-will-it-become-obsolete/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/future-of-cash-will-it-become-obsolete/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:00:59 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688421 Transforming Egypt into a digital society starts with online payments

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi wants to modernise the country by improving the telecommunications infrastructure, establishing smart cities, and enabling citizens to use digital services. “We are on the right path toward a digital society,” Al-Sisi stated at the Cairo International Exhibition and Conference on Telecommunication and Information Technology last December.

This month, Egypt hosted the second edition of the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative Symposium, which is organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), jointly with the World Bank Group (WB) and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The country is one of three countries, alongside China and Mexico, to receive technical assistance from the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative community to promote digital financial inclusion.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Bilel Jamoussi, the Chief of the study groups department in the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU, and Amr Moussa, the minister advisor for digital economy at the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), as well as Ehab Nasr, the head of payment systems at Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), attempting to get a clear picture of how Egypt’s adoption of cashless payment will proceed.

Three challenges face adoption of e-payments: ITU official

How does the ITU see the Egyptian government’s efforts to upgrade the IT services?

The ITU is proud that Egypt is one of the three countries we work together with in order to implement digital financial inclusion, the programme is under the supervision of the ITU, jointly with the WB, and with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We work with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), the MCIT, the CBE, and the Financial Regulatory Authority in order to find solutions for legislative and technical issues, so that the implementation of financial inclusion in Egypt happens faster and in a more comprehensive way.

Egypt Post plays a key role since it has the ability to reach all parts of the country, as it exists in all the Egyptian villages and in all regions. Additionally, there is mutual trust between the post’s employees and the community. This trust enables the digital financial inclusion become easier.

Today most of Egyptians have a mobile phone, even if it is a simple mobile phone. By using it, citizens can have an access to banking services through sending and receiving money and by paying for services. This is the objective of the digital financial inclusion in Egypt, China, and Mexico.

Bilel Jamoussi

What are the challenges that could impede the implementation of the digital financial inclusion?

The first challenge is the legislation because the financial and technological sector are different sectors with different ministries. This occurs in all countries of the world and not only in Egypt, so there must be a constructive dialogue between the officials of the telecommunications sector and the banking sector in order to find solutions regarding the legislative and technical issues in order to find solutions for the Egyptian citizen.

On the technical aspect, there are three challenges. The first challenge is the acceptance of electronic payments, so the merchant and customer must have the tools which enable them to use digital payment rather than cash.

The second challenge is the presence of a digital identity, as we cannot talk about digital transactions without a digital identity, it is actually the cornerstone for building confidence in electronic financial transactions.

The third challenge is having a strong infrastructure of cybersecurity in order to encourage people to have confidence in digital financial transactions. The team which deals with this matter should have many protocols to be used to create secure transactions between the citizen, who uses the mobile phone, and the merchant.

Those are the three challenges, and we try to find solutions for each country which applied for financial coverage including Egypt, China, and Mexico.

What are the other programmes which the ITU is working on in Egypt?

One of the most important goals we have is to help facilitate communication in all countries. Today, 50% of the world’s citizens have access to the internet, and the other 50% need to have access as well. This is the most important concern for the ITU. Our duty is to connect citizens and enhance communication in all countries of the world.

Our second task is to build services such as financial services, health services, as well as transport services, those are the ITU’s strategic goals.

Some people have concerns that the use of technology will increase unemployment, what is your opinion on that matter?

The internet, mobile phones, and other technological tools are actually creating new jobs and new opportunities, and the investment in the ICT sector can result in 10 times higher profits. We can create job opportunities, and even export software services. I think this fear is subjective and incorrect. The world’s fastest growing countries have invested in the ICT sector.

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Uber users face technical problems in Cairo https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/28/uber-users-face-technical-problems-in-cairo/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/28/uber-users-face-technical-problems-in-cairo/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 18:25:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688229 Many users of Uber, the US based ride-hailing application, said they experienced technical problems in using the service. The company has not yet revealed the reasons behind this issue. “It doesn’t work. Both Uber website and app are down. I don’t know what is going on,” an Uber user, who has faced some problems in …

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Many users of Uber, the US based ride-hailing application, said they experienced technical problems in using the service. The company has not yet revealed the reasons behind this issue.

“It doesn’t work. Both Uber website and app are down. I don’t know what is going on,” an Uber user, who has faced some problems in using Uber since 16 January, told Daily News Egypt.

Mohamed Abdel-Hamied, a dentist, also said that he thought the application may need to be updated, so he deleted it from his phone and redownloaded it, but he could not sign in his account. Some complained that car icons were invisible on the screen to order a new car. Others were unable to enter their destination.

The company was not immediately available for comment.

Last month, the American firm launched a bus service to the application for the first time in Cairo during the first visit of Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, in the Middle East.

Khosrowshahi said, “The Egyptian Ride-hailing Apps Act is a ‘model regulation’ for the rest of the world,” which was passed by the parliament in May 2018 and was ratified by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in September 2018.

Cairo is considered to be one of Uber’s fastest growing markets with millions of commuters who use different transportation means to move around. The company announced it will inject $100m of investments over the next five years.

Forty-two Egyptian taxi drivers had filed a lawsuit in the Administrative Court against Uber and its Dubai-based competitor Careem in 2017. A first-degree court verdict ordered suspending their licenses, the two companies appealed the ruling. The Supreme Administrative Court will issue its verdict on 23 February.

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Huawei launches new products, attempting to outperform competitors in 5G race https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/huawei-launches-new-products-attempting-to-outperform-competitors-in-5g-race/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/huawei-launches-new-products-attempting-to-outperform-competitors-in-5g-race/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 21:34:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688107 Company currently industry's only vendor which can provide end-to-end 5G systems

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Huawei officially launched its 5G multi-mode chipset ‘Balong 5000’, along with the first commercial 5G device powered by the company, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. Together, these two new products are considered to have the world’s fastest wireless connections, as the Chinese state-owned company seeks to outpace its competitors in the 5G race.

The Balong 5000 chipset supports a broad range of 5G products in addition to smartphones, including home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules. Adopting the new Wi-Fi 6 technology, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro delivers speeds of up to 4.8 gigabits per second (Gbps).

“The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consumers as it will provide high-speed connections needed for pervasive intelligence. Huawei has an integrated set of capabilities across chips, devices, cloud services, and networks,” said the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu.

With a small form factor and a high degree of integration, the chipset supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on a single chip, and it is the first chipset to reach the industry’s benchmarks for peak 5G download speeds. At sub-6-GHz (low-frequency bands, the main spectrum used for 5G), it can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps.

Huawei’s 5G smartphones which are powered by Balong 5000 will be released at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The chipset also supports both standalone and non-standalone network architectures for 5G. With non-standalone, the 5G network architecture is built on top of the legacy 4G LTE networks.

Powered by Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro supports both 4G and 5G wireless connections. With a 5G network, a 1GB high definition video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and an 8K video can be streamed smoothly without a lag, which sets a new benchmark for home CPEs. In addition to homes, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro can also be used by small and medium-sized enterprises for a super-fast broadband access.

Huawei began its research and development in 5G in 2009, and is currently the industry’s only vendor which can provide end-to-end 5G systems. The tech firm has established 11 joint innovation centres for 5G solutions worldwide.

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Hackers attack targets in Middle East through Google Drive via Excel documents https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/hackers-attack-targets-in-middle-east-through-google-drive-via-excel-documents/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/hackers-attack-targets-in-middle-east-through-google-drive-via-excel-documents/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 18:01:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688077 Researchers at 360’s Threat Intelligence Centre (360 TIC) identified attacks carried out by a group called DarkHydrus advanced persistent threat (APT), against targets in the Middle East of political value, luring them with Excel documents laced with malicious VBA code (macro). Macro are disabled by default in the Microsoft Office suite for security reasons, and …

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Researchers at 360’s Threat Intelligence Centre (360 TIC) identified attacks carried out by a group called DarkHydrus advanced persistent threat (APT), against targets in the Middle East of political value, luring them with Excel documents laced with malicious VBA code (macro).

Macro are disabled by default in the Microsoft Office suite for security reasons, and they do not run unless the user enables the feature manually, but the written-in-Arabic Excel documents created by the DarkHydrus group enable macro, then the group do several additional steps to drop a backdoor, which is a new variant of the RogueRobin Trojan, on the victim’s machine allowing them to fully control it.

According to research from Palo Alto, the RogueRobin Trojan deployed in these attacks appears to be a compiled variant that will collect and send stolen system information, including hostnames, to a command-and-control (C2) server through a DNS tunnel.

If this tunnel is not available, the Trojan contains a command under the name “x_mode” to exchange information through Google Drive: URL for downloading, uploading, updating files, and authentication details. Alphabet Inc, the owner of Google was not immediately available for comment.

The DarkHydrus group has been active since at least 2017 with various credential-harvesting campaigns. DarkHydrus tends to use spear-phishing emails which lure victims to provide login details through an attached ‘template’ file hosted on remote servers controlled by the attackers. 

They use open-source phishing tools to create the malicious documents required by these attacks and entice victims to open these files with names such as “project proposal.”

It is not the first time the group target Middle East, in August 2018, DarkHydrus group made headlines for leveraging the open-source Phishery tool to conduct a credential-stealing campaign against government and educational institutions in the region.

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Ericsson encourages legislators, regulators to reduce investments obstacles, ensures 5G frequency allocated: CEO https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/ericsson-encourages-legislators-regulators-to-reduce-investments-obstacles-ensures-5g-frequency-allocated-ceo/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/ericsson-encourages-legislators-regulators-to-reduce-investments-obstacles-ensures-5g-frequency-allocated-ceo/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 15:30:57 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688026 Company’s investments in R&D positioned it to benefit from strong momentum in global 5G market, says Ekholm's

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In an attempt to turn the tides after the company suffered an operating loss in the last three months of 2016, Ericsson hired as CEO, Borje Ekholm, a Swedish business insider and veteran board member. Since Ekholm’s surprise appointment as CEO in 2016, Ekholm has been working toward restoring profitability by shedding costs, terminating unprofitable units and contracts, and making the networks business a 5G market leader.

In the third quarter (Q3) of 2018, the wireless network maker’s results indicated the growing interest of worldwide carriers in investing in 5G services.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Ekholm, during the World Economic Forum annual meeting 2019, in Davos, to find out about Ericsson’s future plans, his method for improving profitability, keeping the current growth momentum going, as well as his thoughts on how the 5G technologies would change the way we are living.

And onto the interview, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

Ericsson’s Q3 results showed earnings increase beating analysts’ expectations, what are the main drivers for growth?

There is strong momentum in the global 5G market with lead markets progressing. The global radio access market is recovering from several years of negative growth and our investments in research and development (R&D) have well-positioned us to benefit from this development.

Can the company’s witnessed growth in North America be replicated in other regions, especially in the MEA, considering the fierce competition from other regional players?

North America is indeed the leading 5G market. But there is a great interest and positive momentum in all parts of the world. One critical factor is the availability of the frequency spectrum and other factors that may slow down 5G investments. This is, for example, one of the reasons why Europe is somewhat behind.

What is Ericsson’s competitive edge when it comes to 5G?

Ericsson has a large established base in networks around the world, and as of 2015, we have shipped base stations that are software upgradable to 5G. This is something that is quite appreciated by our customers. Another thing is that we have a favourable long-lasting customer relationship with mobile operators across the world.

Do you see 5G as the new ‘space race’ between nations?

Ericsson’s focus is on our customers and to deliver competitive solutions based on our leading technology. However, obviously, 5G is important for all countries since it will be a critical part of countries’ infrastructures.

How can we decrease the connectivity gap, and reduce the inequality of access to technology?

The information and communications technology (ICT) offers an important platform for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Every goal – from ending poverty and halting climate change to fighting injustice and inequality – can be positively impacted by ICT. Ericsson was one of the first pioneers of what is today referred to as “ICT for development,” with some of our main efforts dating back to the mid-2000s.

What can governments do, to increase the affordability of 5G, and increase its implementation rates?

The buildout of 5G networks is essential in order to enable new services and faster connectivity that will benefit consumers, businesses, and society. Ericsson encourages legislators and regulators to ensure that investment obstacles are reduced and that the frequency spectrum for 5G is allocated without delay.

How will 5G transform the way we currently live?

5G will take mobile communication toward a new era, connecting not only people but also anything that will benefit from being connected. We call this the internet of things (IoT) and it will positively contribute to the digitisation of entire countries, particularly through enhanced industrial competitiveness, improved socio-economic conditions in service sectors, and last but far from least contribute to a sustainable society. In addition, experience shows that new communications technology will lead to new innovations that today we may not be able to predict.

Recently, national security concerns have been on the rise, with doubts over the implementations of 5G by some companies, do you believe those concerns towards 5G are exaggerated?

We focus on providing competitive solutions and technology that comply with the high-security requirements demanded by customers and authorities. Furthermore, security is a core design feature of the 5G standard and architecture and compared to 4G networks, as 5G offers important improvements from a security point of view, hence providing strengthened security for end-users.     

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5G here, to reach 17% of subscriptions by 2024: Fida Kibbi https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/5g-here-to-reach-17-of-subscriptions-by-2024-fida-kibbi/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/5g-here-to-reach-17-of-subscriptions-by-2024-fida-kibbi/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 15:00:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688021 In Egypt, 5G will become reality in 2020, says VP, Head of Marketing, Communication Ericsson MEA

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The 5G hype has been ongoing for years, from extremely fast gigabit speeds that will allow users to download full-length films in mere seconds, to disrupting the world of conducting business.

Now 5G is finally becoming a reality, as in October 2018, Verizon started offering 5G fixed internet wireless access in the US using Ericsson technology, and the real commercial beginning of 5G is expected this year.

To get a glimpse of how the 5G revolution would affect the Middle East and Africa region (MEA), Daily News Egypt interviewed Fida Kibbi, VP and head of marketing and communications for Ericsson MEA.

Kibbi revealed during a media visit to Ericsson’s Experience Centre in Santa Clara, California, that in the MEA, total mobile data traffic is expected to grow by nine times between 2018 to 2024, marking the highest global growth rate.

She also revealed that by the end of 2018, over 20% of all the MENA’s mobile subscriptions will be for long term evolution (LTE), while in Sub-Saharan Africa, LTE will make up just over 7% of subscriptions.

Futhermore, she added  that Ericsson expects commercial 5G deployments with leading communications service providers by 2019 in the MENA region to reach significant volumes by 2021.

Kibbi also explained that 5G adoption rates would be extremely fast, reaching unprecedented levels, even faster than the way 4G subscriptions grew. Consequently she believes that out of the total of 8.9 billion subscriptions expected by 2024, 17% will be 5G.

And, onto the interview, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What are the main challenges that face 5G in the MEA region?

When it comes to demand, the telecommunications industry is in great demand. People want to remain connected. Also, it is not a problem of technology, as Ericsson’s innovation, and that of others, solves this problem. The main challenge is the business model, for data monetisation, automation, or digitisation is still not 100% well structured by telecom operators.

Plus, it is a spectrum, when we speak of availability, regulations, challenges, etc.

We have a study which we will publish soon, called “The sunset of GSM”, extolling the utilisation of the GSM infrastructure to support 5G, once that is achieved.

What about Egypt’s case, any future plans?

We consider Egypt as a very important market, with substantial potential. We are planning to increase our activity in the country, to meet this increased potential.  During Cairo’s ICT 2018 we signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecom Egypt to explore 5G options.

The four telecom operators in Egypt expressed great interest to launch 5G, but, to be frank, it will take some time, as 4G was just recently launched in the country, so it not yet fully tapped.

For consumers, 4G delivers the experience, such as decreased latency, greater capacity, etc.., so for the time being it is still desirable. Handsets won’t be a challenge, the technology is already here. But companies don’t want to offer the devices as 4G is still not yet fully utilised, so perhaps by 2020 5G will become more of a reality.

In you mobility report, we can see a remarkable increase in data consumption per capita, and the main driver is affordability, so how can we make connectivity more affordable?

When it comes to affordability, it is not just about networks, governments too play a very critical role in the operation of, for example, how to secure coverage in rural areas. Also, taking into consideration the macro economic challenges and differences between countries-along with smartphone affordability-some manufactures offer very affordable handsets, which will increase connectivity.

And, as I said pricing is essential, as well as finding a way to gain revenues, through packages conceivably, or maybe through focusing on 5G for enterprises. And this is currently happening, perhaps not at a very high pace especially in Africa, where technology adoption is moving slower than in other parts of the world.

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Freshworks updates its messaging software for businesses https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/freshworks-updates-its-messaging-software-for-businesses/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/27/freshworks-updates-its-messaging-software-for-businesses/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 11:59:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688032 Tech firm expanded its footprint into Middle East market in June last year

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Freshworks, the US-based provider of cloud-based customer engagement software, reimagined the business to consumer (B2C) messaging with Proximity. The new suite of updates to the modern messages software, Freshchat, will help businesses improve their communication with prospects and customers by combining the power of text, audio, video, and social messaging.

Proximity is designed to make communication more personalised and contextual in order to fulfil the promise of messaging as an acquisition and engagement channel. The tech firm expanded its footprint into the Middle East market in June last year.

“Freshworks has been focusing on providing a 360-degree view of the customer to businesses. Proximity in Freshchat fulfils the promise by enabling support teams to be where the users and business prospects are. Our new set of features will empower businesses to enhance their customer-support efforts by being even closer to consumers,” said Girish Mathrubootham, the CEO of Freshworks.

Business messaging has become a critical customer engagement channel. A study by Facebook shows that messaging has grown to be the second most preferred mode of communication for users to reach out to their choice of businesses. Among consumers who message businesses, 53% are more likely to shop with a business that has a real-time chat function.

The new features in Proximity include co-browsing, a feature which provides single-screen-sharing with real-time audio and video. Moreover, Facebook Messenger’s integration with Freshchat enables businesses to reach prospects and customers on a large scale, while OmniChat allows users to use Freshchat’s messenger from any tab on Google Chrome.

The firm will launch more enhancements and features in the coming weeks, to include live video recordings and automated translations.

Freshworks was founded in October 2010, with its software being used by 150,000 businesses around the worl, including the NHS, Honda, and Toshiba.

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Amazon introduces its e-readers to Egyptian market https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/23/amazon-introduces-its-e-readers-to-egyptian-market/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/23/amazon-introduces-its-e-readers-to-egyptian-market/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:40:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687757 Users can personalise reading settings on Kindle devices with selection of fonts, font sizes, text alignment options

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Amazon announced that customers in Egypt can currently purchase e-reader ‘Kindle’ devices as they are now available on the online retail and marketplace souq.com.

The Kindle comes in two models, Kindle, and Kindle Oasis-which is the advanced version of Amazon’s e-reader devices.

“We are delighted to make books more accessible by bringing the bestselling e-readers in the world to our customers in Egypt,” said souq.com Egypt General Manager Omar Elsahy.

Kindle Oasis comes as a 7in 300ppi display and is waterproof, thin with a light design and a high-resolution. It has a battery life measured in weeks and a fast-charging capability that allows it to go from no battery to fully charged in less than two hours.

Meanwhile, Kindle features a 6in display-which makes it easier to read for a longer time-and its high contrast display touchscreen eliminates glare in any setting.

Users can personalise their reading settings on Kindle devices with a selection of fonts, font sizes, and text alignment options.

Souq.com is an online retail and marketplace website in the Arab region, featuring more than 9.4m products across 31 categories such as consumer electronics, fashion, health and beauty, household goods, and baby products.

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Tech firm to produce portable Braille E-Reader https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/20/tech-firm-to-produce-portable-braille-e-reader/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/20/tech-firm-to-produce-portable-braille-e-reader/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:53:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687429 Learning to read new e-reader can significantly boost literacy rates among visually impaired people

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Bristol Braille Technology, a British tech company, plans to launch a new e-reader for the visually impaired people that would enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty Braille books.

The device, called Canute 360, will be available for customers by the end of the year, Bristol announced. The device is a desktop e-reader which will support all six-dot Braille codes, and will include 360 cells, and three page-navigation buttons. It was originally developed for educational purposes.

Previously, the visually impaired struggled with the printed Braille books. Bristol hopes to change this situation through their new device, which it says will be the world’s first multi-line Braille e-reader, displaying nine lines of text at a time, or about one third of a page of regular print books.

The number of visually impaired people who can read Braille lettering, formed of one to six dots in a range of combinations, has fallen, partly due to advances in audio description technology. However, Bristol Braille says learning to read the new e-reader can significantly boost literacy and numeracy rates among visually impaired people.

Reuters spoke to Stephanie Sergeant, whose company Vision Through Sound worked with Bristol Braille, and she told them, “It refreshes a line at a time, starting at the top. So even though it takes a little while for all the lines to refresh, you can start reading almost as soon as you press the forward key.”

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MCIT to boost sector’s participation of GDP to beyond 5% in three years https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/20/mcit-to-boost-sectors-participation-of-gdp-to-beyond-5-in-three-years/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/20/mcit-to-boost-sectors-participation-of-gdp-to-beyond-5-in-three-years/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:27:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687388 We will launch first artificial intelligence faculty in next academic year, says minister

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The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Amr Talaat, targets to increase the sector’s contribution in to the Gross Domestic Production (GDP) over the next three years to beyond 5% compared to 3.2% in the last fiscal year (FY) 2017 while it aims to approach 4% of the GDP by the end of the current FY 2018/19.

The minister added over his speech at a conference entitled “Egypt goes digital, a committed nation,” organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham) on Sunday, that the sector has grown by 14% in the last FY 2017/18 and achieved 18.4% in the first quarter (Q1) of FY 2018/19 while the ministry targets the sector to grow by 15% for the whole FY 2018/19.

Talaat said that his ministry is implementing the MCIT strategy over the next three years that stands on two main pillars which are human development and digital transformation.

Furthermore, Talaat noted that his ministry, in collaboration with the ministry of higher education, will launch the first artificial intelligence technology faculty, during the next academic year.

Additionally, the minister added that there is a plan to boost Egypt’s digital exports and create 100,000 jobs in the business of Information Communication Technology (ICT), explaining that the market enjoys high stability and the value created in ICT services is very high.

“We are focusing on capacity building, and we are trying to boost growth to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship,” mentioned the minister, adding that he aims to improve the telecom infrastructure through working on legislative reforms for branding Egypt as prominent destination for ICT.

“We act together under one umbrella, to rebuild with the Egyptian citizens’ skills,” said the minister, revealing the plans for the establishment of the Knowledge City in the heart of the New Capital with 4 buildings.

Moreover, the minister noted that the MCIT is launching several initiatives to improve the ICT skills of the Egyptian youth even before graduation, adding that there is a new initiative targeting the training of 10,000 Arab and African learners, 100 of whom will be helped to have their own start-ups in the digital gaming sector over the coming three years.

“For the first time, Sharm El Sheikh will host the meetings of The International Telecommunication Union next fall. It is the first time to be held out of Geneva, Switzerland,” acknowledged the minister.

In addition, the minister said that the marriage official or “Maazoon” will document marriages through tablets not with the traditional books in the marriage ceremonies.

For his part, the AmCham President, Tarek Tawfik, affirmed the role of the ICT sector in boosting the Egyptian economy especially that the Egyptian government implements firm digitalisation and transformation plans for addressing bureaucracy.

Sylvia Menassa, AmCham’s CEO, revealed that the AmCham Egypt will organise their upcoming events including an event organized on Monday to support the goal of an inclusive market for employment while the taxation committee will host the chairperson of the Taxation Authority on Wednesday.

“On 13 February, we will host the chairperson of the New and Renewable Energy Authority in Egypt, Mohammed El Khayat,” she mentioned.

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