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Linking Businesses with IT Through Public-Private Partnership Models

Sherif Kamel

Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)

First Meeting of the Working Group on Economic Issues

3-4 July 2006

Thailand


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Global Trends

  • Global and timely competition

  • Consumer satisfaction and customer service orientation

  • Information-based societies

  • From physical to intellectual capital

  • Massive investments in human resources

  • Convergence and Information intensive products and services

  • Moving from the marketplace to the marketspace


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Institutional Roles in IT Diffusion

  • Government

    • National strategy and institutional development

    • Building the national ICT infrastructure

    • Community awareness and development

  • Private sector

  • Civil society

  • Media


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Case of EgyptVision

  • Partnership between the government, the private sector and the civil society as a base for socioeconomic development

    • Introducing the Information and Decision Support Program (1985)

    • Building the National Information Infrastructure (1994)

    • Establishing the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (1999)

    • Egypt Information Society Initiative (2001)

www.mcit.gov.eg


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Egypt Information Society Initiative (EISI)

  • To increase accessibility and connectivity as well as empower citizens to share equally and benefit from the opportunities enabled by different information and communication technology (business environment and investment opportunities)

  • Role of information and communication technology in development (ICT4D)

  • Public – Private sector partnership (PPP) in which the government articulates policy and regulatory frameworks for the private sector and civil society to implement for the benefit of citizens and as a base for socioeconomic development

  • Competition is the governing principle of socioeconomic reform and development (deregulation of ICT)

www.mcit.gov.eg


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EISI Components

Egyptian Information Society Initiative

ICT Industry

Development

eKnowledge

eLearning

eHeritage

eContent

eBusiness

eSociety

Civil Society

eHealth

eGovernment

eReadiness

www.mcit.gov.eg


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eReadiness Initiatives

  • A Public–Private Partnership (PPP) in which the government articulates policy and regulatory frameworks for the private sector and civil society to implement for the benefit of the citizen


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Building Blocks

  • Human capital - Preparing a young and competitive generation through investing in…

    • Education (schools)

    • Basic skills development (centers for eLearning)

    • Professional capacities

  • Infrastructure

    • Investing in building state-of-the-art ICT

    • Amending existing laws v creating new laws (investment, IPR)

    • Creating an organization for regulatory, licensing, and supervisory roles (ITIDA)

    • Establishing the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA)

    • Liberalization of the telecom sector with variations between different services (fixed lines, GSM, ISP)

    • National legal and regulatory status on IPRs

  • Infostructure

    • Completing the build-up of the national information infrastructure


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    ICT Growth

    • Growing ICT investments

    • Increase in the number of ICT companies from 312 (1999) to 1773 (2006)

    • Current number of employees of ICT companies exceeds 35,000 (more in indirect services across different sectors)

    UN Regional Profile on the Information Society 2005


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    Initiatives Launched

    • eReadiness

      • Subscription-Free Internet Services

      • PC for Every Home

      • IT Clubs

      • Broadband Diffusion

    • Investing in Human Capital

      • Basic and Professional Training Programs

      • Nile University (in cooperation with IT companies and universities)

    • Incubators for startup companies

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    Subscription-Free Internet Services

    • Launched in 2002 by MCIT in collaboration with Telecom Egypt and 210 Internet Service Providers

    • Providing free nationwide access to the Internet on all fixed lines (users do not pay a monthly subscription fee and only pay the regular local telephone rates)

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    PC for Every Home

    • Using phone line as collateral

    • Payment on a monthly basis (no advance payment)

    • Locally manufactured or assembled PCs

    • Enabling the Egyptian family to obtain a PC

    • PCs manufactured or assembled locally

    • 150,000+ PCs were sold since 2002

    • Participants

      • 24 Egyptian companies

      • Telecom Egypt

      • National Bank of Egypt – Bank Misr

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    IT Clubs

    • Availing technology to low income areas

    • 1330 clubs located in 26 governorates and Luxor city

      • Youth centers

      • Cultural centers

      • Non governmental organizations

      • Schools and Colleges

    • Club activities include

      • Training courses

      • Self training

      • Using Internet applications

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    Broadband Diffusion

    • Launched in 2004

    • Reducing price by more than 70% per month

    • Service provided by 9 private sector companies in cooperation with Telecom Egypt

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    Fixed and Mobile Lines Evolution

    • Steady increase in fixed lines and boom in mobile telephony

    • Telephone capacity increased by 6.5 million new lines since October 1999

    • The number of mobile subscribers increased by 21 folds

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    eReadinessIndicators

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    ICT Industry Development

    • Establishing a centre of excellence in Software Engineering cooperation with international companies to provide technical support and help in acquiring international certificates (IBM, Intel, IBM, Oracle, HP and Cisco)

    • Promoting ICT exports

    • Financing and incubating start-up companies (ICT graduates) through a high-tech development fund

    • Establishing the Smart Village

      • High-tech business park with smart infrastructure on 300 acres

      • Capacity of 54 companies (25,000 – 30,000 job openings)

      • Investment incentives like tax exemptions are provided


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    eHeritage

    • Establishing a center to documenting cultural and natural heritage in cooperation with Bibliotheca Alexandrina

    • Promoting Egyptian civilization locally and internationally through electronic publishing

    www.cultnet.org


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    Investing in Human Capital (eKnowledge)1. Illiteracy Eradication Project

    • Providing lessons for illiteracy eradication using the Internet and multimedia tools

    • Training facilitators to use technology in illiteracy eradication

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    2. Mobile ICT Units Project

    • Introducing ICT to communities in remote under-serviced areas

    • Increasing the awareness of the different uses of ICT

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    3. Community Development Portal Project

    • Assisting citizens (in rural and urban areas) to avail a knowledge repository that covers

      • Job opportunities

      • Information on

        • Health

        • Agriculture

        • Local issues

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    4. eLibrary and Knowledge Creation

    • Provide a wealth of locally relevant knowledge

    • Encourage citizens to gather, develop and share knowledge

    • Improve research abilities of students and teachers alike

    • Utilizing ICT to document and exchange local experiences

    • Encourage active participation from communities

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Quarterly Report 2006


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    4. eLibrary and Knowledge Creation

    • Competitions/Free Articles

      • Target groups are students and teachers

      • Suitable topics have been selected by experts from various partners

      • Collect and document socioeconomic developmental ideas from different sectors of the community


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    5. Smart Schools Network Project

    • A pilot project for preparatory schools implemented in 13 governorates connecting schools to the Internet

    • Connecting over 12,000 schools to the Internet


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    Collaborative OpportunitiesPartnership Models

    • Investing in human resources (formulating professional development programs to exchange expertise and capacities)

    • Promoting incubators start-ups (supporting remote and rural areas)

    • Investing in high-tech industries (collaborative research projects)

    • Building an online business environment (eLearning applications)

    • Using ICT in cultural and heritage preservation

    • Contact Centers (call centers)

    • Business process outsourcing


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