- 16.3% growth rate of the ICT sector to become the highest growth among the sectors of the country for 5 consecutive years … And 315 billion pounds of revenues of the sector in the fiscal year 2022/2023 with a growth rate of about 75%
- Increasing digital exports to 6.2 billion dollars with a growth rate of 26%, and Egypt is in third place globally in the “confidence index in cross-border outsourcing service provision sites 2023”
- Signing agreements with 74 local and international companies operating in the outsourcing industry since November 2022 to establish and expand 85 outsourcing centers and recruit 60 thousand specialists over 3 years
- 400 thousand trainees with a budget of 1.7 billion pounds during the current fiscal year
- Establishing 9 Digital Egypt innovation centers and reaching a total of 20 centers to support technological innovation, entrepreneurship and digital skills development for youth
- Start implementing a plan to replace copper networks with fiber optic cables with investments of 150 billion pounds to spread internet services throughout the Republic and raise the efficiency of the service
- The establishment of 3048 new coverage stations with mobile services to provide access and accommodate the growing demand for telecommunications services for citizens
- Start manufacturing mobile phones for both Samsung and Xiaomi locally in Egypt with a local manufacturing rate of more than 40% and establish two factories for the manufacture of smart watches, phone accessories and wireless headphones
- Access to 3840 developed post offices out of a total of 4527 post offices
- Laying 267 villages with fiber optic cables, establishing and developing 1,367 mobile towers, developing digital skills for more than 42 thousand citizens, establishing and developing 159 post offices in villages of the first stage for a decent life, achieving more than 90% completion rates in the development of post offices at all stages of the Decent Life project
- Launch of the Egyptian charter for Responsible artificial intelligence
- Launch of the unified government services card to facilitate access to government benefits from cash and in-kind support and the governance of the payment system for digital services
The Ministry of communications and information technology has been able to achieve many achievements during 2023 in light of the implementation of its strategy “digital Egypt”, which covers all aspects of the ICT sector, and includes many axes of work with the aim of simplifying the procedures for citizens to obtain digital government services, providing an efficient digital infrastructure with a spread that ensures citizens ‘ access to the internet, in addition to enabling citizens to obtain job opportunities in the digital economy, encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting digital creativity for citizens, in addition to working on localizing the electronics industry, increasing digital exports, which strengthens Egypt’s position on the map of the telecommunications industry And global information technology.
The following are the highlights of what has been achieved in the ICT sector during 2023:-
Indicators of the ICT sector
- The growth rate of the ICT sector reached about 16.3% in the fiscal year 2022/2023, making the sector the highest growth among the sectors of the state for 5 consecutive years.
- The ICT sector has achieved revenues of EGP 315 billion in the current fiscal year with a growth rate of about 75%.
- Egypt came in third place globally in the “confidence index in cross-border outsourcing service delivery sites 2023”, up from 11th place within one year, according to the report of Rayyan strategic consulting company; which reflects the growth and maturity of this industry in Egypt, and strengthens its position as one of the best global destinations in the outsourcing industry.
- Egypt offers 16 positions in the Global Connectivity Index issued by GSMA issued in 2023, which measures mobile internet connectivity in countries worldwide; to become Egypt in the category of developed countries and reach the 79th position compared to the 95th position in the previous year.
- Egypt topped the ranking of the average fixed internet speed on the African continent, with an average speed of 64.5 Mbit/ s last November, according to the report issued by the company Ookla “Okla”, the world leader in the field of measuring and evaluating internet speeds.
- Egypt, represented by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, has advanced the Telecommunications Regulatory Performance Index approved by the International Telecommunication Union to the fifth “advanced” level, which is the highest level globally concerned with the development of participatory regulation in the field of telecommunications.
- Egypt climbed 28 places in the Regulatory Performance Index issued by the International Telecommunication Union to reach the 53rd place, up from the 81st place in 2021 out of 192 countries.
- Egypt’s ranking advanced 3 positions in the government Readiness Index for artificial intelligence issued by the Oxford group to reach the 62nd position compared to the 65th position for the year 2022.
Development of the outsourcing industry and the sector of independent professionals
- Digital exports grew to reach 6.2 billion dollars in 2023, up from 4.9 billion dollars in 2022, with a growth rate of 26%.
- The Ministry of communications and information technology has succeeded in achieving further growth in the outsourcing industry in Egypt; agreements have been signed with 74 local and international companies operating in the outsourcing industry since November 2022 to establish and expand in 85 outsourcing centers and recruit 60 thousand specialists over 3 years within the framework of implementing the digital Egypt strategy for the development of the outsourcing industry. These companies include 24 companies opening their centers to provide outsourcing services for the first time in Egypt, and 50 companies expanding their activities in exporting digital services from Egypt. Specialties in communication and Information Technology Services, Engineering Research and development, electronic design, and embedded systems account for 36% of these appointments.
- Prime minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly visited 11 international companies working in the field of outsourcing as part of the government’s interest in supporting and encouraging foreign direct investment in Egypt and promoting the growth of the outsourcing industry.
Knowledge City is the new administrative capital
The Ministry of communications and information technology has completed the construction of the first phase of the Knowledge City in the new administrative capital. It includes 4 buildings, a training building that includes both the National Institute of communications and the Institute of Information Technology, in addition to the National Academy of Information Technology for people with disabilities, which is a center of excellence to support research, development and entrepreneurship in the field of assistive technologies and tools to integrate and empower people with disabilities. It includes 11 Advanced Research Laboratories in the fields of mechanical design and manufacturing, electronics and robotics, the Internet of things, digital printing and advanced computing, artificial intelligence, rehabilitation and biomechanics, calibration and accurate measurements, virtual and augmented reality and extended reality. In addition to several laboratories for standard training and experimentation, incubators and business accelerators.
The Knowledge City also includes the Imhotep Center for innovation and development, and the Misr University for Informatics, which is the first specialized university in Africa in the fields of communications and Information Technology and the fields affected by it, founded by the Ministry of communications and Information Technology in cooperation with the Ministry of higher education and scientific research. It includes 4 faculties: computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Business Technology, Digital Arts and design. The University awards its degrees in cooperation with prestigious international universities.
Localization of the electronics industry
Within the framework of the Egypt manufactures electronics initiative, which aims to deepen local manufacturing, the following has been done:-
- Starting the manufacture of mobile phones for both Samsung and Xiaomi locally in Egypt with a local manufacturing rate of more than 40%, and establishing two factories for the manufacture of smart watches, phone accessories and wireless headphones.
- The establishment of the Imhotep Center for innovation and development in the Knowledge City in the new administrative capital, which contains a number of advanced laboratories and hosts 22 local and international companies specialized in electronics design.
- Establishing the first Advanced Innovation Center in the Middle East to support the applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in cooperation with Siemens international company.
- The establishment of 8 new companies specialized in the design of electronics and embedded systems to make a total of 70 international and local companies.
- Increasing the exports of electronics design and embedded systems by more than 20% to reach 490 million dollars.
- The establishment of more than 15 start-up companies in the design of Electronics, Intelligent Systems Solutions and artificial intelligence.
- Financing 5 research and development projects, publishing more than 10 research papers in major international scientific publications, and registering 5 patents.
- The launch of the qualification training program for employment in the field of Electronics, which aims to train new students and graduates from engineering faculties from all over the Republic in order to qualify for employment in the field of electronics in international companies and increase their competitiveness in the labor market; the first batch of the training program began on the first of last September, and included about 4850 trainees graduated from 2100 trainees and the rest of the trainees are being trained. The number of trainees is expected to increase in the future. The activities of the training program are currently taking place in 7 electronics development centers from all over the Republic, all of which were established in cooperation with the Center for electronics and nanodevices at the American University in Cairo, including: the American University in Cairo, the Smart Village, Alexandria, Zagazig, Ismailia, Borg El Arab, Assiut, in addition to providing the training program at Misr University for Informatics, the National Institute of communications and the Institute of Information Technology.
- Hosting the world semiconductor industry conference (GSA-Global Semiconductors Alliance) for the first time in the Middle East with the participation of major international electronics companies and industry experts.
- Signing two agreements with international companies; Siemens software manufacturing company and the alliance representing Synopsys Synopsys and Sy – vision Si-Vision, in order to expand their business in Egypt and double the size of the company within years.
Support digital creativity and startup development
- Establishment of digital Egypt innovation centers in the governorates of Giza, Beni Suef, the New Valley, Alexandria, Knowledge City in the new administrative capital, north Sinai, Port Said, Fayoum, and Qalyubia, bringing the total to 20 centers, as part of a plan aimed at establishing a digital Egypt Innovation Center in each governorate to create a supportive climate for technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and developing the skills of young people in various governorates and qualifying them in line with the requirements of the local and international labor market in communications and Information Technology specialties.
- The activities of the digital Egypt innovation centers included incubating 164 start-up companies, training 14,690 trainees and beneficiaries of entrepreneurship programs, and supporting about 6,369 independent professionals.
Digital capacity building
- Within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of communications and information technology to invest in building digital capabilities, the training budget and the number of trainees have been increased to 400 thousand trainees with a budget of 1.7 billion pounds during the current fiscal year. The ministry’s strategy for capacity building includes launching programs and initiatives targeting all segments of society at different ages and academic backgrounds to provide excellent job opportunities for young people in line with the requirements of the digital age, and preparing a wide base of cadres capable of implementing digital Egypt projects and enhancing Egypt’s competitive capabilities in the outsourcing industry.
- Corporate development
- Building the digital capabilities of 63,594 employees and leaders in ministries and agencies moving to the new administrative capital on the knowledge, culture, behaviors and digital skills necessary to keep pace with the work environment in the new administrative capital, bringing the total number of trainees to 77,584 trainees.
- Building the digital capabilities of 17,813 employees and leaders in governorates, departments and affiliated entities on the knowledge, culture, behaviors and digital skills necessary to bring the total number of trainees to 26,400 trainees.
- Implementation of an integrated plan to provide technical support to employees and leaders in the information systems and digital transformation units, and the development of general and specialized digital capabilities for 7,572 employees in ministries and agencies moving to the administrative capital, bringing the total to 9,579 trainees, and 616 employees in governorates, departments and affiliated entities, bringing the total to 2,198 trainees.
- Supporting the institutional development of the comprehensive health insurance system in the governorates of Egypt through the implementation of digital capacity building and development programs for 1,161 trainees, bringing the total to 3,372 employees in the system.
- Supporting the institutional development of the law enforcement and enforcement system through the implementation of digital capacity-building and development programs for more than 8,300 trainees, bringing the total to 13,493 of the entities responsible for achieving justice and law enforcement, including the Ministry of interior, the public prosecution, and courts at all levels, thus contributing to the provision of litigation services as soon as possible and with minimal effort.
- Enhancing digital awareness and developing the digital capabilities of citizens to support digital and financial inclusion of more than 67 thousand citizens, bringing the total to more than 104 thousand citizens within the digital institutional development initiatives in the governorates of Egypt.
- Digital transformation
- Launch of the unified government services card in Port Said governorate; in cooperation with the Ministry of supply and internal trade, the Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority and visa, the world leader in the field of digital payments technology. The card aims to facilitate access to government benefits from cash and in-kind support, the governance of the payment system for digital services, and the flexibility of switching between cash and in-kind support systems. The first phase includes catering services, comprehensive health insurance, and electronic payment services; while other government services will be added in the coming stages, and it will also be distributed in the rest of the governorates later successively.
- Issuing the unified national number for real estate, which helps to document ownership and uniquely identify the owner, where the property information and ownership are recorded in a central database. It includes the number of the governorate, the neighborhood and the street where the property is located, in addition to the number of the property and the residential unit inhabited by The Citizen, which limits judicial disputes that talk about the ownership of individuals or encroachment on property, as well as providing the state’s resources to enable the governance of the real estate system and prevent evasion of real estate owners from legal responsibilities. It preserves the property and facilitates the investment process as a result of the documentation process, which prevents the dispute over the ownership of real estate.
- The number of registered on the Egypt digital platform has reached more than 8 million citizens who have made more than 45 million transactions, up from almost 6.5 million citizens who made more than 28 million transactions by the end of 2022. The platform includes 168 digital government services.
- Signing an agreement with the German agency for international cooperation in Egypt (GIZ) on behalf of the German government on cooperation in the implementation of the first phase of the e-government and Innovation Support Project in public administration InnoPA with a grant of 8 million euros out of a total of 17.5 million euros, as the project aims to support innovation in digital transformation and enhance e-government and the project includes cooperation in the establishment of a laboratory to develop applications in the field of government services.
- Launching the digital platform of the General Authority for investment and free zones to establish companies remotely, which enables investors to establish their companies electronically in minutes.
- The Ministry of communications and information technology has provided the necessary technical support for the operation of the electoral systems of the National Election Commission to start the entitlement of the presidential elections ٢٠٢٤.
- Start preparing the second phase of the national strategy for artificial intelligence in a way that keeps pace with the accelerated developments in the field of generative artificial intelligence, especially big data models and their various applications. This is in view of the imminent completion of the first phase of the strategy in May 2024. The strategy includes the implementation of a set of initiatives across 6 key pillars: governance, enabling environment, information architecture, data, human resources, and technology.
- The launch of the Egyptian charter for Responsible artificial intelligence, which is the state’s vision of the guidelines related to the regulatory frameworks for the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence technologies in the Egyptian society, where all its items have been adapted and adapted in accordance with the nature and ethics of the Egyptian society and integrated with actionable visions, which helps to ensure the management, development and deployment of artificial intelligence systems in the country and use them consciously and responsibly. This makes Egypt one of the leading countries in the region in terms of drafting a charter for artificial intelligence.
- Signing a project document with the United Nations Development Program on enhancing the use of artificial intelligence by providing technical and institutional support to the Applied Innovation Center of the ministry to help it achieve its goals towards promoting and using emerging information and communication technologies in addressing, analyzing and finding innovative solutions to national challenges, in addition to developing human capital.
- Signing a memorandum of understanding between the Information Technology Industry Development Authority “ITIDA” and Huawei on cooperation in the implementation of a project to improve Egypt’s indicators in the field of artificial intelligence, through the development of digital capabilities and promoting the use of artificial intelligence technology in Egypt.
- Signing a memorandum of understanding with IBM on the use of generative AI solutions and smart digitization for work cycles in government institutions, and digitization of government services provided to citizens.
- Building the capacities of 500 students in 5 universities in the field of artificial intelligence from graduates of the first cycle of the initiative to build capacities for universities in the field of artificial intelligence, which was organized in cooperation with Dell Technologies in Egypt.
- Cooperation with the Ministry of justice in the implementation of a project to use artificial intelligence technology in writing investigative reports to convert audio to text. And the implementation of a similar project in the Cabinet of ministers.
- Signing a cooperation agreement with Bahia foundation to develop innovative technological solutions using artificial intelligence technology in the early detection of breast cancer through radiology.