“Egypt is building up an ICT event that will be the hub of the industry in Africa and the region… this event is called Cairo ICT”
More than 500 companies of all sizes from 16 different countries occupied an overall space of 25,000 square meters at the Cairo International Convention Centre, filling all of its halls and connecting areas to the limit, including the new Hall 5 with “Consumer Electronics Egypt”, a hall dedicated to direct sale of electronic consumer products.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, accompanied by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy led a star-studded group of top-level government officials from Egypt and other countries to inaugurate Cairo ICT 2014 on Tuesday 4 November. Egyptian top officials at hand included the Minsters of Trade, Industry, Civil Aviation, Transport, International Cooperation and Military Production, as well as the Chief of the Egyptian Army’s Signal Corp on behalf of the Minister of Defense.
The opening ceremony was also attended by several Arab and African delegations, headed by top officials, including the Ministers of ICT from Ethiopia, Lebanon, Qatar, Yemen and a high-level delegation from the UAE headed by the Presidents of the UAE TRA, National Identity and Smart Government. Other High level delegations came from Djibouti and Benin.
While, the closing session concluded with a very interesting presentation about the role of ICT in the new Suez Canal Project by Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal authority, other Egyptian Ministers toured the event along its 4 days, including Ministers of Planning, Home Trade and Social Solidarity, as well as the Deputy Chairman of the central Bank of Egypt on behalf of the Governor
The space occupied by the fair also witnessed a 30% increase from the previous year, thus officially summoning Egypt to be back on track as an attractive destination for technology and a country with focus on new trends to rebuild its economy, that has suffered from 3 years of stagnation. “Under the leadership of H.E. President Abdelfattah Elsisi, Egypt is undergoing major changes on the different scales, from mega projects, such as the Suez Canal Development Project to the overhaul of the entire country’s infrastructure and to taking concrete steps to rebuild the economy of Egypt”, said Minister of ICT Atef Helmy in his welcoming remarks, “The President and the government of Egypt are taking the time factor into consideration and we have the profound belief that ICT can help bridge this impediment effectively. Hence, we depend highly on your expertise to provide the proper solutions for this purpose, as we all have the will and determination to deliver as we always did and even better”, he said.
Records Cairo ICT Achieved in 2014
- The largest exhibition floor space
- The largest number of exhibitors
- The largest number of visitors
- The largest number of conference attendees
- First sponsorship by the President of Egypt
- First opening by the Prime Minister
- The largest number of government Ministers
- The first E-Payment and Financial Inclusion Forum
- The first endorsement by the Central Bank of Egypt to the forum
- The largest consumer electronics show
And that Means:
“Expect a Wow Cairo ICT in 2015”
The Egyptian Prime Minister and Minister of CIT Inaugurate Cairo ICT 2014 under the Slogan “In the Heart of Tomorrow”
Cairo ICT “In the Heart of Tomorrow”
AfICTA Summit 2014 – “Deepening Intra-African ICT Enabling”
Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) is a private sector-led alliance of ICT Associations, Multi-national Corporations, Companies, Organizations and Institutions in the ICT sector in Africa, with a mission to encourage multi-stakeholder dialogue fostering accelerated and ICT enabled development in Africa and the use of cutting-edge innovative technologies including mobile, computing and satellite technologies to achieve an Information society in Africa.
AfICTA conference includes round tables and panel discussions about several pressing issues such as; Smart Africa transformational policies, Africa’s solutions for e-government, e-health, e-learning, e-agriculture, in addition to issues like Internet Governance and Cyber security
With 30% of the over 1billion Africans on the Internet, Africa is growing smart and there is need for the growth to be fostered through market driven policies and e-Strategies that promote intra-African trade (currently less than 8%). There is need to engender wider adoption and replication of success stories across Africa and thus connecting more Africans to the global information superhighway.
Case study presentations and interactive panel discussions will highlight emerging technology strategies with practical insight and experiences that will help today’s ICT managers succeed in delivering real to the ground solutions of societal pains.
The Summit is designed to address realistic opportunities to both the Egyptian & African ICT industry executives. We are planning over 300 business meetings B2B, B2G, G2G. You will have the opportunity to meet top executives over the continent
PAFIX 2014 – E-payment and Financial Inclusion Forum and Exhibition
The payment system is an operational network – governed by laws, rules and standards that provide the functionality for monetary exchange. The payment system is the infrastructure (consisting of institutions, instruments, rules, procedures, standards, and technical means) established to effect the transfer of monetary value between different parties. Its technical efficiency determines the efficiency with which transaction money is used in the economy, and risk associated with its use.
What makes it a “system” is that it employs cash-substitutes and with the advent of ICT, alternative electronic payment systems have emerged, including internet banking, e-commerce, m-commerce and mobile cash payment systems.
“Financial inclusion”, a term that has gained importance worldwide since the early 2000s, as its absence – known as financial exclusion – has direct correlation to poverty. Financial inclusion is no longer a fringe subject. It is now recognized as an important part of the mainstream thinking on economic development based on country leadership.
Those two headings “e-payment” and “financial inclusion” are the main element of “PAFIX”, the First Payment and Financial Inclusion Forum and Exhibition taking place within Cairo ICT 2014, under the auspices of H.E. Hisham Ramez, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt.
PAFIX marks an important milestone in how those driving and adopting innovative e-payment solutions and practices share information to create common goals that unite progress with clarity of purpose. This unique forum encapsulates the players and thought-leadership that are setting the agenda for the future, and propels industry dialogue forward to ensure the continued strength and integrity of the payments ecosystem and their responsiveness to the customer.
Consumer Electronics Show – The B2C Zone for ICT
The Consumer Electronics hall will be the largest in the history of Cairo ICT, bringing together
all the main players, whether vendors, power retailers or extended retailers in the fields of:
Audio/video products, Audio Accessories, Automobile Electronics and Home Entertainment Systems
Information Technology & Telecommunications
Tablets, PC Accessories & Peripherals, Memory Banks, Computer Equipment, Computer Furniture, Communications, Desktops, Digital Imaging, Digital Receivers, Digital Technology Products, Laptops, Mobile Phones & Accessories, Monitors, Notebooks, Personal Computers, Mobile b
undles, DSL subscriptions
Cameras & Photography Equipment, Electronic Fashion Accessories, Lifestyle Products & Accessories, Wireless Devices.
Gaming & Entertainment
DVDs, Blue-Ray, Electronic Games & Entertainment, Gaming Consoles, Game Developers & Resellers, Gaming Hardware/Software, Media Sound Cards, Mobile Gaming, Movies, Multimedia, Online Gaming, PC Games, Video Games
Cairo ICT 2013 Media Coverage
Cairo ICT 2013