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Egypt’s e-government initiative

Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology aims to link more than 5000 units to Oracle software as part of its e-services scheme.

As part of a comprehensive e-government initiative, Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)/ MSAD/MOF has licensed a comprehensive range of Oracle technology to ultimately power and link up to 5000 financial units throughout the country. MCIT selected the Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, and Oracle Internet Developer Suite as the technology backbone of its government resource planning (GRP) system, developed by partner Giza Systems and MCIT/MSAD staff members and currently being deployed at many different government locations.

A crucial element of Egypt’s e-government project is the automation and centralisation of the country’s federal accounting procedures, which it is hoped will ensure greater efficiency and transparency in its financials. According to Dr. Ashraf Abdel Wahab, senior advisor to the Minister of State for Administrative Development. “In choosing a technology provider, our specific requirements included software with significant security features - given the public sector nature of the e-government initiative - as well as a technology platform with advanced levels of availability and scalability so we could access the required information easily and add users as required.”

More than 5000 units in the Egyptian government will have access to the Oracle Database, the only offering of its kind with 17 independent security evaluations. The software’s inherent business intelligence capabilities will enable ministries in Egypt to create data warehouses and perform data mining functions which are key to the federal accounting process. Given the critical nature of the information being shared between ministries, the Oracle Database will provide continuous data availability despite any unscheduled downtime, human errors, or planned maintenance.

Dr. Hoda Baraka, senior advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, comments on the performance of Oracle staff by saying: “Together, we were able to solve all technical problems that faced the implementation of this complex project. The responsiveness and technical abilities of Oracle staff were extremely high and up to the standards demanded by the Ministry.”

Similarly, the Oracle Application Server is the application platform suite (APS) that acts as the glue for integrating and deploying the Egypt e-government’s ERP applications, portals, and web sites. Oracle Identity Management System, which ensures that specific people only within the government have access to potentially sensitive information, is a critical element of the Egypt e-government project that is deployed on the Oracle Application Server. The software also lowers total cost of ownership and management for organisations that may otherwise expend more resources to purchase, integrate and maintain solutions not engineered to work together.

This e-government deployment further strengthens the partnership between MCIT/MSAD/MOF and Oracle. The two organisations recently announced a special discount and training scheme to further facilitate the country’s move toward online services and increased technology adoption.

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