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Sisi: Africa qualified for use of modern technology

Tuesday، 18 December 2018 - 03:13 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said the African continent achieved during the past 10 years sustainable positive growth but such growth, despite international economic fluctuations, did not realize its objectives due to the economic conditions in parts of the continent.

Addressing the High-Level Africa-Europe Forum that started its activities in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday 18/12/2018, Sisi said the challenges of security and stability also affected the aspired growth as risks increased in areas of conflicts because of cross-border criminal and terrorist activities.

The Egyptian leader said Cairo seeks with international partners and institutions to achieve sustainable development. He added that the African continent is qualified for the use of modern technology tools in the 21st century.

President Sisi said that digital transformation and information technology pave the way for economic growth and sustainable development along with the establishment of modern communities supporting knowledge, innovation and investments which create job opportunities.

He said that 60 percent of Africans, whose number hit 1.2 billion are under the age of 25.

The President said that Egypt is aware of the importance of digital transformation, so it drew up a comprehensive plan to spread awareness among society members due to the importance of the digital revolution and technology settlement in all Egyptian governorates.

President Sisi said that Egypt established the national academy for information technology for persons with special needs to allow them to use communication channels and information technology.

He said that Egypt is happy with its African affiliation and succeeded in hosting many African gatherings such as the United Nations African technology innovation lab which had been provided with the modern technological tools to hone the skills of researchers in various parts of the continent.

He said that Egypt managed to host last month the 21st edition of the International Information and Communication Technology exhibition which is a forum for private and public business companies to display their modern technology.

President Sisi expressed hope for cooperation between the African continent on one hand and Europe and world countries on the other in the information technology domains to exchange expertise between the two sides.

He said the modern technology could help find practical solutions to some problems such as climate change and gas emission, urging the participants to go ahead with joint cooperation to overcome such challenges.


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