Microsoft Egypt and Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) sign an Agreement to expand ICT exports and offshoring services in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt : Microsoft Egypt and the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) sign a new incentive agreement in virtue of which the ICT exports and offshoring services of Microsoft Customer Experience and Support in Egypt will be promoted and expanded. This agreement is signed in light of Digital Egypt Strategy for Offshoring Industry 2022-2026 which paves the way boost the growth of the ICT sector in Egypt through encouraging exports and offshoring, increasing employment opportunities for youth and attracting investments.

Through the investment incentives that this agreement provides, Microsoft will continue to support the development of young talents and IT professionals in Egypt and enhance their access to the job market and employability. It will also contribute to Egypt’s positioning as an offshoring and talent hub for the region.

The agreement was signed by Microsoft Egypt General Manager, Mirna Arif and ITIDA CEO, Dr. Amr Mahfouz and witnessed by H.E. Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister of Egypt and H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology endorsed the agreement inked with Microsoft which comes amongst several agreements with 29 multinational companies, creating over 34 thousand jobs directed towards exports through 35 global delivery centers with export value worth USD 1 billion annually. “These agreements reflect “Egypt’s conducive business environment and multinationals’ confidence in our qualified local talent” Talaat commented.

H.E. Talaat underlined Egypt’s potential as the next big hub for digital and high-end services, thanks to the constant efforts made to boost Egypt’s competitiveness in the offshoring industry. “With its unique central location at the crossroads between 3 continents, Egypt delivers a resilient high-quality digital infrastructure, and provides a supportive legislative framework catching up with the global rapid growth,” he continued. “Our plentiful supply of tech talent is all set and ready at a competitive cost, with proven experience in business services delivery for global firms to more than 100 countries with 20 different languages” Talaat affirmed.

Amr Mahfouz, CEO of ITIDA, said: “We’re thrilled to reach an agreement with Microsoft, helping ITIDA achieve its strategic goals of the ambitious Digital Egypt strategy for the offshoring industry (2022-2026), that aims at multiplying the exports revenues from the offshoring sector, while creating more domestic jobs for our skilled pool of talent”.

“ITIDA is working diligently to leverage the current geopolitical situation that led to major challenges across key delivery locations, while simultaneously monitoring the global shortage of talents. We invest heavily in building the digital and soft skills of our large talent pool, with a strategic focus on developing the country’s capabilities in the high-value services, including engineering, research & development (ER&D), embedded software, and electronic design” Mahfouz added.

The diverse IT & digital services, abundance of talent cost competitiveness, resilient business operations, and the government support, are among Egypt’s unique advantages that encourage global enterprises to launch and expand their global operations reinforcing the country’s reputation as a favorable, reliable IT offshoring destination and business services’ hub.

On this occasion, Mirna Arif reiterated, “Microsoft Egypt remains committed to support the Government of Egypt to boost the growth of the ICT sector and to create job opportunities for youth in Egypt through increasing ICT exports and expanding offshoring activities.  The signature of this agreement is a manifestation of the strategic partnership between Microsoft and MCIT to support Egypt’s digital transformation journey and digital economy”.

Microsoft is the partner of choice for the government with 65 digital transformation projects, all in line with the Digital Egypt Strategy and Egypt Vision 2030.

 

Microsoft Egypt GM Receives Global Leadership Award In Presence of UAE’s Minister of State for Government Development and Future

Mirna Arif, Microsoft Egypt General Manager, won the Global Leadership Award at the first Women in Tech Global Movement Awards for held in Dubai. The Global Leadership Award category acknowledged her exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on a group of people or an organization and their goals. Mirna was nominated in this category along with Hana Al Rostamani, Group CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Eng.Bahiya Al Shuaibi, Founder & CEO, Global Space and Technology Company, Eynat Guez, Co-Founder & CEO, Papaya Global, and Mai Medhat, Co-Founder & CEO, Eventtus.

During her award acceptance speech, Mirna thanked the organizers for recognizing the achievements of everyone nominated. “I truly believe that recognition is at the core of advancing women’s role in the digital economy. It’s imperative to have platforms celebrating achievements of women in technology so young girls can be inspired to follow their suit,” she said.

“This award spurs me on to achieve even greater results especially in reducing the barriers to entry in tech for women and young girls in Egypt and the greater MENA region. These efforts start by avoiding unconscious bias, providing equal chances for all, and recognizing the powerful potential of an inclusive society” Mirna added.

The Women in Tech is a global non-profit organization on a mission to empower 5 million women and girls in tech by 2030. It organizes seven regional awards, representing different parts of the world: APAC, LATAM, MENA, Europe, Africa, and America. Each regional award has eight categories. The winner of each category will become a finalist in the Global Awards happening in Dubai, in October 2022.

The Top 50 Forum’s member, Mirna Arif was awarded during a ceremony in the presence of H.E. Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, and His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park.