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ICT Minister, Assiut Governor Witness Signing MoU on Using ICT in Comprehensive Community Development Areas

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat and Assiut Governor Gamal Nour El-Din have witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Assiut governorate on attaining comprehensive sustainable development for Egyptian citizens in Assiut using ICTs. The signing ceremony was attended by a number of MCIT officials and Assiut governorate executive leaders.

The MoU comes within the framework of MCIT strategic plan for building the Egyptian citizen using ICTs. It also comes as part of the cooperation and partnership efforts between the two sides, which started with the ICT Minister's visit to Assiut in August within the framework of the continuous coordination between the various state bodies, and as one of the activities supporting the state's efforts to develop Upper Egypt and provide all necessary elements to attain such development.

The MoU was signed by Deputy Governor Amr Abdel Aal, and Acting Head of the Central Department for Community Development at MCIT and the National Project Director of the ICT for Comprehensive Community Development Project (ICT4CCD) Hoda Dahroug.

The MoU aims to build and develop youth and women's capacities in Assiut using technology and its contributions within community development. It provides for the use of ICT tools and applications to attain community development goals through a number of pillars.

This includes empowering women in Upper Egypt economically and socially to hone their skills using ICT tools and applications within "Qodwa Tech" initiative through raising awareness about financial inclusion and secure Internet for 1,000 female artisans and entrepreneurs to improve their products and develop their e-marketing skills.

Another pillar entails promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment among young people with technical, intermediate, upper intermediate and higher education in Assiut. This is in addition to supporting and empowering owners of existing business and startups in the local community, with Assiut Technology Park providing work environment, technology incubators, and specialized training and activities to support technological innovation.

This is achieved through stimulating the competitiveness of 500 young people with technological skills that meet the self-employment market needs, in collaboration with government and civil institutions, and private international and local leading companies in ICTs.

The MoU also enshrines enabling and implanting e-learning, training personnel working in this field and developing their skills through adopting e-learning centers (Cisco Networking Academy Program - CNAP). This is in addition to training 300 students, graduates and faculty in Assiut University on content production programs, establishing knowledge communities for sustainable development, and creating the e-portal for comprehensive development in Assiut on the community development platform Kenanaonline.

Carrying out cooperation activities is achieved through coordinating with civil society organizations and partner government entities.