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ICT Minister Opens Second MENA Regional ITS Conference

ICT Minister Amr Talaat launched today the Second MENA Regional ITS Conference, organized by The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in cooperation with Aswan University; on February 18 – 21, in Aswan, under the theme: “Leveraging Technologies to Accelerate Growth”.

The conference aims at exchanging expertise, ideas, and visions in the ICT field, where all parties involved in the telecommunications industry, scientific academies, institutions serving in the sector and relevant governmental institutions from all over the world meet.

The International Telecommunication Society (ITS) includes a group of experts in the ICT field. It achieves its objectives through creating forums where all involved parties from all over the world, including academic researchers, relevant institutions and business leaders, and policy makers, meet to discuss research findings. They exchange visions and expertise in the ICT field very professionally.

The conference timetable includes discussion panels, where the future of various modern technological trends in the ICT field are discussed. This includes Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 5G supporting wireless networks, and relevant economic and social aspects, in addition to discussing and reviewing accepted research papers and selecting the best of them.

During his talk, Talaat stressed on the importance of intensifying efforts to help achieve integration and exchange of experiences. This can be achieved through researches and discussions that gather involved parties from all over the world, including research academics, business sector, and policy makers, ensuring the adoption of global standards and best practices for building modern societies based on science and knowledge to meet the needs of the digital age.

This requires bridging the digital divide, enabling access to information, developing a strong and secure information infrastructure, and keeping up with the different modern technology trends in the ICT field, especially as technology has become the main pillar to establish comprehensive and sustainable development efforts.

Talaat stated that Egypt’s vision for the ICT sector is based on providing a knowledge and science base that keeps up with the development and growth movement in the sector. This will help decision makers have a solid scientific vision, through which visions and decisions are made.

He added that this conference represents one of the steps that the Egyptian telecom sector takes to enable this scientific vision to help enhance the role of technology to encourage development in countries.

The conference, in its first edition, received over 70 scientific papers, with the applicant researchers reaching up to 220, including 45 foreigners. The conference is the first of its kind to be held in Upper Egypt, discussing ICT policies, and organized by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA).

The conference has been planned to take place at the same time as Aswan celebrates Abu Simbel Solar Alignment on February 22, with the aim to encourage tourism through holding specialized conferences that support the enrichment of the sector in modern technology fields.