Ministry of communications and information technology
When Egypt’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector came into being some 15 years ago, it did not take long to make an impression. And this success has continued unabated. Over the past decade, the achievements of this sector have come to be felt in all spheres of life in Egypt as network infrastructure and the use of ICT tools have spread. Egypt’s ICT sector is now a principal component of the national economy, a key driver of development, and a catalyst for greater efficiency and performance across sectors.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) through various programs and initiatives has supported and encouraged this progress. MCIT’s establishment, through a variety of channels, of solid nationwide telecommunications infrastructure paved the way for the development of a number of vital sectors – among them education, health, research and development, and entrepreneurship – and has contributed in no small way to improving the climate for investment.
As Egyptians increasingly apply ICT tools in all areas of life they are effectively forging a digital society – to the benefit of individuals, business and society at large. In support of this, MCIT is firmly focused on developing ICT skill levels, both to empower more people through entry to the information society and to ensure a steady supply of human resources with the ICT skills required in the ICT sector and elsewhere.
Technology has become a tool for change in a way that not long ago would have been hard to imagine. Around the world, people are using technology to communicate with each other, interact with their governments, and monitor and promote development and reform. The global information society, where traditional borders have been reinvented, allows people in disparate communities to establish links, boosting mutual understanding as they share values and aspirations.