Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif on Sunday attended the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement between the Egyptian government and the International Microsoft Company.
Signing for the Egyptian side were Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology Tarek Kamel, Minister of Education Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa and Minister of State for Administrative Development Ahmed Darwish Chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates signed for his company.
The agreement is aimed at setting up joint ventures in the domains of information technology.
At a joint press conference with Gates after the signing ceremony, Nazif underlined the importance of Gates visit to Egypt as a sign of his keenness on increasing his investments in Egypt.
Nazif noted that cooperation with Microsoft will help enhance education in Egypt by introducing modern technology into the educational process such as electronic education and videoconference.
Gates hailed the Smart Village project, pointing out that the project could attract many investors representing world companies. According to him, the agreement signed Sunday could contribute to providing know-how for developing sectors of education, telecommunications and administrative development and to improve services extended to citizens.