GITEX Cairo to Feature High-Tech Solutions
New barcode technology to be featured at GITEX Cairo, April 4th-7th, could provide solutions to help improve the handling, transportation and distribution of IT component imports in Egypt, a press release by the company said.
In comparing data regarding the estimated amount of Egypt's IT import duties on PC components collected in 2000 as provided by industry insiders, with general estimates of sales to the region provided by various information technology companies for the same time period, it appears that Egyptian authorities have missed out on a substantial amount of duty fees that ought to have been collected.
According to vendor estimates, components for around 210,000 locally assembled PCs were shipped to Egypt in 2000, which translates into total sales values in the range of US $25 million. Industry sources close to the Government say sales worth US $25 million would generate potential customs revenue of around US $20-30 million; however poor import tracking has meant that the actual costs realized were much less than that, the press release added.
Some IT representatives say tightening the import process and implementing policies that reflect the successful practices of other countries could help Egyptian Customs substantially reduce, or potentially eliminate such losses. Revolutionary new tracking technologies that support effective and efficient distribution to warehousing management could also help address the challenges the country faces.
The Scan Middle East segment of GITEX Cairo will help ensure Egypt's internal structure can meet future needs that will directly impact the fate of its importing and exporting activities. AIDC technology offers major distribution centres highly automated systems that improve accuracy, speed and throughput. It is particularly relevant to Egypt because the country is positioning itself as a re-export centre for European and North African markets and many countries in these regions are adopting policies that make electronic labeling mandatory for all imported goods.
A number of the international companies will participate in the event, like Intel Middle East, which is gearing up to launch its latest edition “Pentium 4” in Egyptian markets for the first time at GITEX Cairo, Cairo’s International Conference Center.
The new P4 chip, which is aimed largely at Internet users, reduces average Internet download times by a factor of ten, which means the speed for streaming audio and video downloads can be up to ten times faster when compared to systems featuring its predecessor, the Pentium III.
The four-day event will be marked by the presence of other international companies like ViewSonic and its Egyptian distributor, Al Wadi Computer Services, who will showcase the most comprehensive line of flat screen monitors ever displayed at an Egyptian exhibition.
In addition two new models, the P225f and the P95f, PerfectFlat 19" and 22" CRT screens, will be on show for the first time ever in the Middle East region at the ViewSonic stand.
"By featuring our comprehensive range of LCD & PerfectFlat CRT products we can show consumers in both the home and business markets the latest desktop display solutions available on the market," said Ian Gobey, Regional Sales Director of ViewSonic.
At GITEX Cairo, exhibitors participating in the Scan-Tech Middle East segment will showcase an array of new technologies designed to improve cargo handling and logistics management. Globe Telecom, Egypt's exclusive distributor for the PSION/Teklogics radio-frequency wireless data communication system, will showcase a system designed to streamline logistics operations and increase the speed and efficiency at which shipments arriving and departing are tracked and processed. The system enables cargo handlers managing significant volumes of shipments to effectively track the location of goods in a distribution centre. This kind of technology holds promise for various government sectors managing shipments, including those managing IT shipments – Albawaba.com
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