MCIT Partakes in EES 2020
The Central Department for Community Development at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) participated in the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit (EES), held on November 19-21, in Aswan, under the theme "A new dawn for startups and Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)."
EES is an annual summit, organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN Egypt), and founded by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The Summit provides an opportunity for exchanging knowledge and expertise, and helps connect businessmen, scholars, civil society representatives and policy makers along with young people, to discuss how to unlock MSMEs potential in Egypt and create more and better jobs.
The opening was attended by Aswan Governor, a number of officials from relevant ministries and entrepreneurship ecosystem key players.
The Head of the Central Department for Community Development participated as a speaker in two sessions; the first was "Policy Discussion - Access to Finance for Entrepreneurs: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward." She discussed MCIT efforts in building a strong digital economy through key pillars including digital transformation, building the Egyptian citizen and technological innovation.
This is in addition to MCIT efforts to ease access of startups and MSMEs to funding, and create a safe environment for these companies. She added that Egypt has attracted the second highest number of technology startup investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The second session was "Closing the Gender Gap: Learning and Recommendations for Upper Egypt." She discussed MCIT efforts in harnessing ICT to build the Egyptian citizen and create a generation of skilled youth that can contribute to achieving the digital transformation. She referred to the national initiatives and training programs that MCIT offers to develop young people's technological skills, the most prominent of which is Qodwa-Tech for women's economic and social empowerment.
The initiative endeavors to cover the needs of women and female entrepreneurs and help them keep up with the digital development. This is in addition to upskilling them using ICT to help them access global markets and promote their products, she added.
The Summit provided an opportunity for meeting with the experts, officials and decision-makers of the entrepreneurship industry, as well as for exchanging experiences in startup and MSME development among entrepreneurs.