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Monday, 28 November 2016

El Sisi applauds CIT progress in Egypt as tech companies talk future plans

Industry gathering Cairo ICT opened yesterday. Smartphone maker Oppo Egypt said it is looking to open new retail outlets and could consider manufacturing in Egypt. Microsoft Egypt is working on some 60 government projects and wants you to know it’s helping the state digitize and link its data. And Sico Technology (no, we’ve never heard of them, either, but their website is here) thinks it can manufacture (yes, manufacture) mobile handsets in Upper Egypt.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened Cairo ICT yesterday, lauding the coming launch of 4G mobile data services and an initiative to establish national databases and automate government offices. El Sisi also tasked CIT Minister Yasser El Qadi to finish building two of seven planned tech zones before the end of next year. El Qadi said that CIT contributes about 3.2% of Egypt’s national income and employs around 500k citizens, adding that his ministry will continue to meet its deadlines.

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