Current ICT Initiatives and projects - Egypt

ICT for Learning

The projects and programs under the ICT for Learning initiative collectively reflect MCIT's vision to use information and its underlying technologies to further sustainable human development in Egypt and to build an Information Society capable of absorbing and capitalizing upon the emerging knowledge revolution.

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- Education Development via Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

- Illiteracy Eradication Initiative

- E-Learning Competence Center (ELCC)

- ICT for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

ICT for Health

The Government of Egypt and its Ministry of Health have established several e-Health programs to bring better diagnostic and health services to a wider segment of the Egyptian society. MCIT has facilitated the integration of ICT in health services and the provision of medical education to remote or underserved areas of Egypt. The e-health initiative is inspired by pursuing equal opportunities for health services anywhere in Egypt, and expanding medical insurance to all citizens.

The principle objectives of the e-Health initiative are as follows:

- Extend better medical diagnostic services to rural areas

- Provide a training facility for the medical community

- Acquire international consultations for special cases

- Reduce the cost of health care through better patient management

- Optimize utilization of expertise and resources

- Provide an advanced medical services in emergencies

- Create an electronic databases for medical records

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- Emergency Medical Call Center and Ambulance Service

- National Network for Citizen Health Treatment

- Information System Units in Governmental Hospitals

- National Healthcare Capacity Building Project

- Pilot Project for Hospital Automation

- Women's Mobile Health Unit Project

- National Cancer Registry Program

- The Suzanne Mubarak Center for Women's Health in Alexandria

- IT Health Master Plan

- National PACS Project

- Integrated National Health Record System

ICT for Government

MCIT was instrumental in introducing e-government in Egypt from 2003 and extending ICT into public services. MCIT supports other Ministries in facilitating e-Government programs and services as part of the Egyptian Information Society Initiative (EISI). One of the core objectives of the initiative is to modernize the way citizens interact with their government by introducing ICTs to the internal operations of government departments and to their interface with the public.

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- National Land Registration System

- Automation of Notarization Offices

- Prohibited from Transaction System Network

- Automation of Chambers of Commerce Project

- Egyptian Geography Network (EGN)

- Sheikh Zayed Geographic Information Systems Unit

- e-Commerce Map for Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

- General Organization for International Exhibitions and Fairs (GOIEF)

- Infrastructure Development of the City of Luxor

- National Organization for Potable Water and Sanitary Drainage

- Upgrade of the Central Agency for Organization and Administration (CAOA)

- National Council for Childhood and Motherhood

- e-Government Applications

- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

- Ministry of Finance

- Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)

- MFTI Economic Databases and Decision Support Services

E-Content

The digital content industry encompasses the creation, design, management and distribution of digital products and services and the technologies that underpin these activities. Egypt places a high priority on developing and distributing Arabic e-Content that forms the basis of intellectual and cultural inspiration for future generations. Accordingly, MCIT has supported the establishment of an e-content industry in Egypt through its Arabic e-content initiative. This initiative aims to enhance the competitiveness of the Egyptian e-content industry by supporting the production, use and distribution of Arabic digital content on global networks.

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- Online Journalism

- CULTNAT

- National Archives of Egypt

- Fekr Rama Portal

- Luxor Portal

- Egynews Portal

- Science and Technology Portal

- Community Development Portals

- Telecentre Network

- The Egyptian Sign Language Dictionary CD

Access for All

MCIT seeks to guarantee universal, easy, affordable and rapid access for all Egyptian citizens to ICT, and stimulating awareness of the potential uses and benefits of ICT. In this respect, MCIT has implemented a number of programs with the chief aim of providing benefits to users, promoting computer literacy, and encouraging increased use of ICT by the public.

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- IT Clubs - In April 2013 there were 2,163 IT Clubs, with 1,955 connected to the Internet.

- Mobile Internet Unit

- Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics

- Egypt PC 2010 - Nation Online

Green ICT

Greening ICT, or applying user-friendly policies, has become a dire need. Environment protection is an important issue for human safety, for sustaining social and economic development, and for preserving natural gifts for next generations. ICT tools constitute very important potential for protecting the environment, creating solutions for decreasing toxic emissions by other sectors.

Internet Safety

Recognizing the importance of ensuring people's safety on the Internet, MCIT has taken concrete steps to create an interactive platform to share relevant information, best practices, concerns and resources. Within this context, MCIT has taken measures to stimulate dialogue within the community, providing a repository of knowledge and progress in the Internet safety field.

As Cyber world is a collective social responsibility, the National Committee for Child Online Safety was established to synchronize and coordinate efforts. In a Cyber world, protecting families, preventing children abuse, and keeping their privacy constitute main concerns. The main target is to make the online world safer for children and their families and preventing risks, through identifying and promoting tools and methods in the Cyber virtual world, making it a safer world.

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- National Committee for Child Online Safety

- Legislative Framework

- Technology Solutions

- Law Enforcement

- Awareness Raising

- Education

- Availing Arabic Content

- Regional and International Cooperation.

ICT for Community Integration

MCIT's efforts to increase community integration using ICTs are aimed at: empowering rural and marginalized communities through development projects and raising awareness of benefits of ICTs; promoting development in rural and marginalized areas through application of technology solutions to establish an integrated sustainable development model; empowering women through illiteracy eradication programs; and improving services in education, healthcare and supporting SMEs.

The main components/ projects of this initiative are:

- ICT for Illiteracy Eradication

- Kenana Online Community Development Portal.

ICTs for People with Disabilities

In March 2012, MCIT launched the ICTs for People with Disabilities initiative, which aims to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by using ICTs to facilitate access to information and knowledge, boost interaction with the community and increase opportunities for employment. The initiative involves the participation of people with disabilities and organizations representing their interests, and focuses on integrating people with disabilities in the Egyptian society and empowering them through ICTs. It aims at removing barriers and facilitating opportunities for people with disabilities - using ICTs to develop their abilities and potential - and enabling them to enjoy their rights, fulfill their responsibilities, and participate fully in developing their communities and society.

In 2012, progress was made on a number of tracks, as follows:

- Launch of an Accessible Web Portal

- Development of Inclusive and Special Needs Schools

- Development of Centers for Disability Services at Egyptian Universities

- Development of a Unified Egyptian Sign Language Dictionary

- ICDL4PwDs Grant

- Employability Enhancement Program

- Tamkeen Competition

- Support of the National Council on Disability Affairs

- e-Learning for Schoolchildren with Hearing and Sight Impairments