19 November 2018 09:39 AM

President Sisi witnesses 7th International Annual Conference for Communications and Information Technology for Disabled

Monday، 30 July 2018 - 02:47 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Monday 30/7/2018 inaugurated the 7th annual ICT4PwDs 2018 Conference and Exhibition held at Al Manara International Conference Center in Cairo.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talat, a number of ministers and top state officials are attending the conference.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is organizing the seventh annual ICT4PwDs 2018 Conference and Exhibition, which is held under the auspices of President Sisi.

The conference is held under the theme "Inclusion, Empowerment, and Participation". It aims at supporting and empowering Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) through ICT tools in all areas of life.

Addressing the ICT4PwDs conference, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talat said today's conference will present great examples on the role of information technology in helping release the great potentials of disabled people.

He also said the world is witnessing large steps towards the digital age that could formulate a new reality in which development of policies mainly depends on technological applications to accelerate the pace of change inside communities.

The Communication and Information Technology Sector has found it an obligation to enhance the mechanisms of spreading the culture of digital change to make information available for all community members with the aim of achieving the aspired for economic development goals, the minister said.

The minister went on to say that enabling the disabled people is a main axis for the comprehensive development plan that would help create a more just society, adding that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has been closely following up the lineup of a long-term strategy to help assess the needs of the disabled people drawing on the international expertise in this score.

One of the main challenges that faced the ministry in this regard is the scarcity of Arabic applications and software that are suitable for the Egyptian environment, he said, adding that great efforts have been made to invest in the Egyptian mind through youths who have skills in the software development.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology announced a competition of 150 innovation projects to help develop software for the disabled people in order to be influential members in the society, said the minister.

He asserted that such efforts have borne fruit through a number of distinguished applications and software including the e-dictionary, the unified sign language, the medicine identification application as well as the e-learning platform for the visually and hearing impaired people.

MENA

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