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1 © A. Nazif, February 2004 A regional hub Linking the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia and the Arab World. From North-to-South A gateway to Africa. From East-to-West A crossroad of shipping lines and optical fiber cables. Location

2 © A. Nazif, February 2004 A country of 69 million people  58% of the population under 25.  Ranking 17 th worldwide in number of yearly graduates  1,200,000 high school graduates last year.  250,000 university graduates. Population

3 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Land of civilization  Egypt ’ s long history and ancient civilization over thousands of years promoted the growth and the development of its remarkable identity and unique characteristics.  Thus Egypt has remained a preferred destination for tourists interested in its cultural heritage as well as its beach resorts. History – Tourism

4 © A. Nazif, February 2004 A remarkable recovery through an extensive economic and social reform program  An emerging market with a multitude of opportunities for investments.  A competent and cost-effective labor force. Economy

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6 Million L.E.

7 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Egypt is witnessing its reincarnation into a modern, liberal & private sector led market driven economy. Investment Climate

8 © A. Nazif, February 2004  The Infrastructure Investing $80 billion during twenty one years in infrastructure: electricity, airports, highways, new delta in Toshka, new industrial cities, communications & information technology … etc.  The Human Base Preparing young generations by investing in education, skills development and professional training. The Resources

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10  In September 1999, President Mubarak announced the launch of a national program for technology development.  In January 2000, the Cabinet approved a national plan for CIT and mandated the new Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to execute it.

11 © A. Nazif, February 2004 ACCESS e-Health e-Gov e-Culture e-Business e-Learning INFORMATION SOCIETY

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13 4.9 million new lines since October 1999

14 © A. Nazif, February 2004 No. of subscribers, million The number of subscribers increased more than eight folds since October 1999

15 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Providing dial-up internet access on every Operational phone-line country wide.  A revenue-sharing model between Telecom-Egypt & the Internet Service Providers.  $ 0.15/hr of internet usage at home.  940000 of individual phone lines dialing up to the net.

16 © A. Nazif, February 2004 International internet traffic increased from 20 Mb/s to 1144 Mb/s in 4 years No. of Internet Users Million

17 © A. Nazif, February 2004  TE offers PCs to its subscribers through CR outlets.  Payment in monthly installments $15/$17/$20 models financed by the banking sector.  Bundling of ready made s/w applications.  17 companies providing local assembly of PCs.  Market stimulation arises interest in local manufacturing.

18 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Government subsidized internet cafés  To date, there are 615 clubs.  Created in youth centers, public libraries, schools & NGOs.  Focusing on deprived and low income communities.  To-date, more than 100,000 citizens visit the clubs regularly.

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20  A government portal that is citizen-centric.  On-line Government Services.  Information and Document Networking.  More Automation of Internal Functions.

21 © A. Nazif, February 2004 e- Government Portal Launching in January 2004

22 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Basic Skills Development.  Professional Development.  The Smart Schools Initiative.  High Tech / Business Universities.

23 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Telemedicine Visual inspection and diagnosis by a distant specialist. Immediate electronic transfer of medical imagery, pathological biopsy and lab results.  Smart Health records Preventive care. Family planning. Medical history.

24 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Historical sites  Natural protectorates  Museums  Manuscripts Using IT to preserve our rich cultural heritage and share it more readily with the rest of the world.

25 © A. Nazif, February 2004  E-legislation ( E-signature – Cyber crime – Taxation – Arbitration ).  A certificate authority and a public key system.  On-line banking and E-Payment.  Promoting IT in SME’s.

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27  Transforming ARENTO into Telecom Egypt by law 19 for the year 1998.  Establishment of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority by presidential decree number 101 for the year 1998.  A new telecommunication law that promotes:  Transparency in licensing.  Phased deregulation of services.  Establishment of a universal fund to accelerate tariff rebalance.

28 © A. Nazif, February 2004  An Intellectual Property Right Law 82 was passed in 2002 covering software industry.  A draft Law for E-signature establishing the legal status for the electronic signature and documents.  Establishment of IT Industry Development Organization.

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30  A high tech business park with “Smart” infrastructure, investor friendly services and investment incentives.  300 acres (20 minutes from downtown Cairo, 10 minutes from the great pyramids).  53 office plots (336 000 sq.m. of office space).  Business center  Conference center  Exhibition center  Press center  Recreational facilities  Health center  Hotel  Shopping and restaurants Developed and operated by private investors

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34  Establishment of VC fund of 50 million L.E.  Establishment of first incubator on 2500 m 2 fully equipped with required infrastructure.  Provides technical, financial and administrative support for start-ups as well as small and medium IT enterprises.

35 © A. Nazif, February 2004 SECC aims at supporting the SW industry in Egypt and has established cooperation with SEI, SW Engineering Institute, in USA.  Capacity Building  Software Process Improvement Training Track.  Orientation workshops to Executives and Top Management.  SEI Courses to qualify Assessors.  Assessment SECC will support top level software companies in Egypt to be qualified for CMM assessment and accreditation.

36 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Source: The General Authority For Investment & Free Zones

37 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Source: The General Authority For Investment & Free Zones No. of IT Companies  Accumulative Data

38 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Source: The General Authority For Investment & Free Zones

39 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2002 %

40 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Source: Business Software Alliance

41 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Cooperation between government and private sector creating new initiatives that promote the development of CIT industry.

42 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Training university students and professors on large scale database programming International Alliances Establishing software development center servicing MEA region Establishing Cisco regional academies for professional development

43 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Establishing in Egypt the Regional IP Support Center International Alliances Establishing in Egypt a regional manufacturing facility for telecom equipment in cooperation with local companies Establishing in Egypt the Regional Network Support Center

44 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Establishment of a center of excellence for software engineering  Providing software tools for the academic sector and government at reduced prices.  New e-government initiative. An ambitious training program to prepare world standard software development professionals International Alliances Cont’d Establishment of a regional mobile IP development and training center

45 © A. Nazif, February 2004  The objective is to create export oriented industries to compensate for the imports of Technology  Companies Participating in the execution of the CIT Master Plan commit to substantial investments in technology transfer activities.  Investments focus on S/W development, technical Support, training and business process outsourcing.

46 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Over 300 S/W houses.  Largest media-city in MEA.  High speed optical connections to all countries. Benefit from:  Professional S/W engineers certified by IBM, ICL, Oracle, Nortel, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Lucent and Cisco At very cost-effective salaries

47 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Contact Centers Business Opportunities in Egypt Why in Egypt? –Quality Focused. – Human Resources. – Telecommunications Infrastructure. – Geographic Location. – Government Incentives. “ CAGR for contact centers outsourcing in MEA will grow by 24% over the next 4 years. (14% for EMEA) ” * *Source: Datamonitor 2003

48 © A. Nazif, February 2004 As a result of successful G2B relations, high- level political support and a positive investment climate: Foreign companies are creating win-2-win partnerships with Egyptian companies

49 © A. Nazif, February 2004 Results of UK Trade Mission I February 2002 Work together towards regional market Provide support to UK and Egyptian IT projects NBS strength in Systems design, project management, and quality assurance Allied Soft in coding, localization and implementation Allied Soft & NBS Partnership

50 © A. Nazif, February 2004  Advanced Computer Technology (ACT)  Allied Consultants  Arabize  Arabia Inform  Barkotel  Cairo Software Services  Digital Systems  Egypt Soft Commerce  Global Geobits  Prima Soft  Raya Call Center  Raya Software  RDI  SICC  Softlock  TEA Computers S.A  T. E Data  Xceed Hiteknofal Industrial Systems IT Worx Link dot Net Meditech IT Solutions  Microtech  Mist  Net Wave  Nozha IT

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