Microsoft initiatives support Egypt e-gov

Published April 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Egyptian government has announced that in cooperation with Microsoft Corp. it is launching an e-government initiative for enhanced government services and intra-government collaboration. 


The announcement comes after the signing of a cooperation agreement in Washington DC between the Egyptian government represented by Ahmed Nazif, minister of communication and information technology and Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft EMEA during the US Chamber of Commerce reception on the honor of The Egyptian president who visited the US to meet with The American president. 


Commenting from Washington, Nazif said: “The objective of this e-government initiative is to provide simpler and faster methods to fulfill standard citizens’ requests from various government services’ bodies. It also provides the framework to support intra-government collaboration for more timely and accurate information needed to facilitate decision-making. The cooperation of Microsoft in this program… helps to bring in a global perspective.” 


Microsoft will be providing consulting services to support the Egyptian e-government initiatives throughout the duration of this agreement. “The agreement stems from our desire to effectively adopt the latest technologies within a framework that insures professional implementation by 

Egyptian talents, leveraging the expertise of the number one software company in the world as well as complying with copyright laws and International treaties,” said Nazif. 


“The agreement is also expected to result in substantial reduction in software piracy rate in Egypt by setting the example and sending a strong message to the local, regional and international community on Egypt’s commitment to enforce copyright laws,” he added. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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