Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala Al-Saeed meton Tuesday Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Amr Talaat to hand over 20 projects for digital transformation and the mechanisation of services to the MCIT, in addition to some digital transformation services in Port Said, which the Ministry of Planning was responsible for.
This comes after a decision by the Council of Ministers to transfer the obligations of the Ministry of Administrative Reform concerning digital transformation to the MCIT.
Al-Saeed said that Egypt adopted a serious approach to digitally converting society, encouraging the use of electronic payment, and achieving financial inclusion as a pillar for comprehensive and sustainable economic, and social development. Digital transformation has become one of the main goals of the government’s plans and programmes of action to implement the sustainable development strategy “Egypt Vision 2030” and its overall plan for administrative reform.
In regards to updating bureaucratic procedures, Al-Saeed said that the Ministry of Planning completed the automation of 239 traffic prosecutions, the automation of 196 traffic units and 94 commercial registry offices, in addition to linking 62 government agencies through the government data exchange system.
Within the context of achieving the speed and effectiveness of settlement procedures, Al-Saeed said that 119 courts, 89 police stations, and 29 forensic departments were developed and upgraded.
On the list of projects that were submitted to the MCIT, the Minister of Planning said that it included 20 projects represented in national digital transformation, law enforcement, development of litigation, development of traffic units and unit systems, the development of real estate registry offices, the development of commercial registry offices ( Economic Establishments), and services of the Ministry of Interior.
In addition, there is the central vaccination development, the pharmacy registration development, hospital automation, patient entry and exit, automation of oncology centres, the central laboratory automation, the care facility mechanisation, health services (and its initiatives), public service delivery outlets , electronic portals, government services portal, electronic coordination, public contracting portal, and citizens services office projects, in addition to some digital transformation services in Port Said Governorate.
Talaat said that the current stage required unity and integration of work in the digital transformation file, through which projects bring together different sectors according to the latest technologies. Through an integrated participatory government that contributes to the exchange of data and documents electronically, government entities may provide distinguished digital government services for citizens. He explained that all details were discussed between the two ministries to ensure that the transfers are made on scientific grounds to achieve positive results.
Talaat stressed that Egypt accelerates the pace towards digital transformation that will contribute to achieving transparency, governance of government performance, rationalisation of state resources, and improving the quality of life of citizens.
He pointed out that the digital transformation project was implemented in Port Said Governorate as a first stage, in addition to the mechanisation of government and other service sectors. The project also linked these sectors to unified state databases in cooperation with service providers, as a prelude to a complete national digital upgrade. Also, a project linking all government buildings kicked off recently, where the state will put in a fiber optic network in 35,000 buildings in 36 months, at a cost of EGP 6bn.
It should mentioned that during a meeting held on January 8, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, the cabinet approved a draft decision that stipulated the expansion of the powers of the MCIT to include all those of the Ministry of Administrative Reform related to mechanisation and digital transformation. This comes as part of the state’s plan to reduce the amount of duplication of obligations between ministries.