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A Digital Signature Act for Egypt: Understanding the Challenges!. Dr. Sherif Hashem Head, Electronic Signature National Committee Ministry of Communications and Information Technology shashem@mcit.gov.eg. Outline. CIT in Egypt E-commerce in Egypt An Electronic Signature Act The road ahead.

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a digital signature act for egypt understanding the challenges

A Digital Signature Act for Egypt: Understanding the Challenges!

Dr. Sherif Hashem

Head, Electronic Signature National Committee

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

shashem@mcit.gov.eg

ITU E-Commerce Conference for the Arab Region - May 2001

outline
Outline
  • CIT in Egypt
  • E-commerce in Egypt
  • An Electronic Signature Act
  • The road ahead

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cit in egypt

CIT In Egypt

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national cit plan dec 1999
National CIT Plan (Dec`1999)
  • CIT Industry Development
  • Human Resource Development
  • Communication Infrastructure Development
  • Information Infrastructure Development

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internet access in egypt
Internet Access in Egypt
  • 1M users (estimated) compared to 407MWW (NUA Survey – Nov`00)
  • Most access is in the capital & major cities
  • Internet utilization rate of 1 in 65

compared to a WW rate of 1 in 14

  • 60+ ISPs
  • Cost: dialup $25-lifetime  FREE Internet

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some key cit challenges
Some Key CIT Challenges
  • Content
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Skills
  • Access to computers
  • Access to the Internet
  • Access to software
  • Access to technical expertise

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e commerce in egypt

E-Commerce In Egypt

Highlights

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egypt s e commerce highlights
Egypt’s E-commerce Highlights
  • Oct’97 ISE-Ecommerce Committee formed
  • Aug’98 1st meeting of the National Ecommerce Committee
  • Sep’98 1st National Seminar on Ecommerce
  • Sep’99 Ecommerce initiative declared
  • Oct’99 Ecommerce in the National CIT Plan
  • 2000-01 Cyber laws (e-signature, e-payment, ..);

Government Pilots; Private Portals

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some key issues
Some Key Issues
  • Legislation (cyber laws):
    • Electronic signature
    • Taxation
    • Jurisdiction
    • Encryption, IPR, privacy, consumer protection, etc.
  • Regulation (Certificate Authorities, etc.)
  • Banking infrastructure (e-payment)
  • E-Insurance (financial, commerce, etc.)
  • E-Education & E-Knowledge

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some key questions
Some Key Questions?!
  • Who is responsible for E-commerce?
  • How can government empower the use of E-commerce?
  • How can SMEs understand the challenges and opportunities of E-commerce?
  • How to help create, empower, and support Egyptian E-business models?
  • Where do we go from here?

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an electronic signature act for egypt

An Electronic Signature Act for Egypt

An Overview

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drafting an electronic signature act the process
Drafting an Electronic Signature Act: The Process
  • National Electronic Signature Committee (entities):
    • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
    • Ministry of Justice
    • Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade
    • Ministry of Finance
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Ministry of Interior
    • Ministry for Administrative Development
    • Central Bank of Egypt
    • Cabinet Information & Decision Support Center

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drafting an electronic signature act the process cont
Drafting an Electronic Signature Act: The Process (Cont.)
  • National Electronic Signature Committee (legal and technology experts):
    • Governmental,
    • Private sector, and
    • Academic

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drafting an electronic signature act some key issues
Drafting an Electronic Signature Act: Some Key Issues
  • Amending existing laws vs. creating a “new” law
  • Recognition of electronic/digital documents and signatures
  • Creation of a state organization for regulatory, licensing, and supervisory roles
  • General awareness and training programs
  • Protecting IPR and privacy

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For More InformationvisitMinistry of Communications and Information Technologyhttp://www.mcit.gov.eg/or e-mail:shashem@mcit.gov.eg

Thank You ……

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