Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced that 16 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will implement 15 digital transformation projects at government agencies.
The total value of these projects stands at more than EGP 43.5m, and come as part of the “Our Opportunity is Digital” initiative.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat said that the announcement reflects the ministry’s keenness to stimulate creativity among SMEs working in the IT field. It also aims to provide them with opportunities to participate in the implementation of digital transformation projects.
Talaat said that the coming period will witness the launch of another set of projects and opportunities for SMEs in Egypt.
In a press release on Saturday, the minister added that SMEs play an important role in economic growth, in addition to creating job opportunities for youth.
He also said that such initiatives open up wider horizons for Egypt’s youth to gain experience, and obtain the skills for government work that enhance their competitiveness in the local and global markets.
The companies have won digital business opportunities and projects in four different categories, namely: Quality Management & Testing; GG Web Services integration services; Content Digitization; and Analysis, Design and Project Engineering. A total of four SMEs won in the Quality Management and Testing category
The “Our Opportunity is Digital” initiative aims to enhance the contribution of SMEs registered on the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA) database in implementing digital transformation projects for government agencies.
The initiative provides business opportunities through three tributaries, namely the implementation of business through contracting with government agencies directly, and the implementation of works through contracting with companies contracting with government agencies.
This is in addition to skill competitions that include training opportunities for workers at SMEs to hone their skills in the field of data science and artificial intelligence (AI). These opportunities end with the implementation of work in the aforementioned fields.
Since its launch, the initiative has provided, through its platform, about 31 opportunities in digital transformation projects, with an estimated value of EGP 80m.