Sisi orders scaling up efforts to improve ICT industry
Saturday، 30 May 2020 - 09:55 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the bodies concerned to keep improving internet infrastructure to accommodate increased needs due to the coronavirus outbreak.
During a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talaat on Saturday 30/05/2020, Sisi noted that such needs wouldn't have been met without the state's efforts to improve the quality of internet services nationwide at an approximate cost of EGP 30 billion.
The meeting took up the latest progress in several national projects in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector as part of the state's digital transformation policy, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
It also tackled the ministry's role to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Rady added.
Sisi also instructed officials to ensure funding support to facilitate student access to a personal computer, emphasize the need to depend on state-of-the-art technologies in all ICT projects in progress, especially those related to digitizing government services.
Meanwhile, Talaat briefed the president on the ministry's role in support of the state's efforts to fight COVID-19, especially the measures taken to encourage citizens to stay home by boosting free boardband speed at a cost of EGP 200 million, supporting online healthcare services and facilitating citizens access to pension funds and financial assistance to casual workers.
The minister also posted the president on the implementation status of a number of projects undertaken by the ministry, including the relocation of government offices to the New Administrative Capital, the City of knowledge in the new capital, a unified smart card project and a project to digitize health insurance services under the new comprehensive health insurance system.