Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is participating in the first Inter-Regional Week on Emerging Technologies for Development in the Arab and African Regions, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), .
The objective of this year’s ITU Inter-Regional Week is to promote the wide-scale deployment of emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, low orbiting satellites and 5G, to ultimately contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
MCIT is participating in the “Big Data and AI for Development” session, on December 15. The session will discuss a number of topics, including the role of big data in socio-economic development; data infrastructure and technologies; data applications for development; and data skills.
The ITU plans to hold this event annually, with a new theme each year that focuses on specific emerging technologies and targets a number of SDGs. The focus this year will be on SDG 3 (Health and Well Being), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure).
The Emerging Technologies for Development Week provides an excellent opportunity for countries to share their experiences in using emerging technologies to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, with a view to achieving the SDGs in the long run.
The Week will highlight potential challenges as countries plan for economic recovery and prepare for the new normal. It will discuss the best practices and enlarge the space for participation and support efforts to benefit from emerging technologies in pursuit of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event brings together the concerned stakeholders in the Arab and African regions to shed light on their key activities in the domain of emerging technologies.