IDC hosts CIO Summit in Cairo

IDC earlier this week hosted the fourth Egypt CIO Summit at the Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo under a theme ‘Developing a Blueprint for Thriving in the Digital Economy.’ The Summit brought together more than 100 ICT leaders and CIOs for full-day discussions  and learnings about emerging local, regional, and global ICT trends such as digital business, disruptive automation, cloud innovation, digital security, IoT, and more.

In her keynote speech delivered on behalf of H.E Yasser ElKady, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Maha Rasha, Acting CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), declared that the ICT sector is a top priority on the state’s agenda. She also underlined that the sector The ICT sector has been witnessing unprecedented growth and is currently one of the largest contributors to the country’s GDP growth and a major exporting sector with more than 3.25 billion USD export revenues.

Maha Rasha

“In today’s digital world and the fast-paced IT industry, we are always keen to pursue any opportunity for collaboration and be part of all occasions that are instrumental for success. ITIDA has joined forces with IDC to deliver a profound understanding of Egypt’s ICT exports”, Maha said. “Scaling Egypt’s IT/ITeS offerings, spreading science and tech parks throughout the country, electronics design and manufacturing, and building a digital ready workforce for embracing the new digital context are among the pillars leading to meet our growth targets.” she added.

Nagia El-Emary, IDC Egypt’s country manager and senior consultant for the Middle East and Africa (MEA), said: “Egypt is now the third-largest MEA market in terms of ICT growth and this year’s Summit succeeded in being the country’s main ICT summit to date, delivering a clear focus on enabling business transformation and economic growth through technology 3rd Platform solutions, Innovation Accelerators, and export opportunities. We are delighted to have reinforced IDC’s position as the premier ICT market intelligence, advisory services, consultancy, and events provider in Egypt and a key partner in facilitating the country’s growth ambitions.”