Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, affirmed that Egypt has prepared its national strategy for artificial intelligence under the slogan “Artificial Intelligence for Development and Prosperity”. The strategy aims to benefit from this technology in achieving Egypt's development goals and advancing economic growth, in light of the pursuit of building a strong and sustainable industry in the field of artificial intelligence, with its components including skills, technology, business climate, infrastructure, and legal and regulatory frameworks.
He pointed out that these efforts contributed to the progress of Egypt’s ranking of 55 ranks in the government's AI Readiness Index last year. He explained that the next three years are expected to witness an increase in reliance on AI applications and solutions in government sectors in light of the projects being implemented to achieve digital transformation and to implement the government’s transition plan to the new administrative capital as a paperless, participatory, digital government.
This came in the minister's speech during the opening of the twenty-fifth session of the World Conference on Artificial Intelligence, which Egypt is hosting for the first time under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and organized by the global Internet company "Triskon Global" in cooperation with the Information Technology Industry Development Agency "ITIDA" under the slogan "Taking care of the ecosystem." For Artificial Intelligence in Egypt ”; In the presence of a group of the most prominent information technology experts in the fields of AI and machine learning, senior executives and consultants, as the conference aims to explore the AI market in Egypt, and adapt its applications to meet the challenges resulting from the Corona pandemic.
Talaat added that Egypt's hosting of this conference comes in conjunction with the serious steps taken by Egypt to implement the national strategy for artificial intelligence, which is an important component in building a digital Egypt through which work is to transform the Egyptian society into a digital society by digitizing work systems in institutions in a way that contributes to improving Efficiency and provision of services in a more transparent manner while enabling community members to deal efficiently with technology; This is in addition to seeking to make Egypt a producer and exporter of technology, which will contribute to achieving economic growth through innovation and technological progress.
He said that the communications and information technology sector is the highest growth among the country's sectors for the second year in a row; As the growth rate is expected to reach 16% during the current fiscal year, employment rates in the sector have grown by 20% over the past three years, and the sector’s contribution to Egypt's GDP has jumped by about 40% since 2018; He pointed out that investment in capacity building programs has doubled 8 times over the past three years, as a plan is being implemented to train more than 115,000 trainees during this year at various levels of technological programs at a cost of EGP 400 million.
He stressed that the Egyptian government is keen to establish partnerships between the public and private sectors to spread emerging technologies and benefit from AI technology in the development sectors. Noting the success of this model in implementing projects in the fields of agriculture, health care, economic planning and smart infrastructure; Pointing out that Egypt is currently building 15 smart cities within an ambitious plan to build 30 new cities, which are expected to accommodate more than 14 million people and will provide more than 6 million new job opportunities. As the private sector is a key partner in building and operating these smart cities based on modern technologies.
He expressed his happiness that this conference includes a distinguished elite of speakers and attendees from representatives of governments, technology leaders, emerging companies, the academic community, AI experts and investors, to share and exchange experiences and ideas on ways to benefit from AI in addressing common challenges.