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Microsoft inks Egypt e-government deal

The Egyptian government has launched an e-government initiative with Microsoft designed to deliver a “technical infrastructure” for governmental e-services.

The Egyptian government has launched an e-government initiative with Microsoft designed to deliver a “technical infrastructure” for governmental e-services. Microsoft will be providing consulting support for the duration of the agreement, intended to give the Egyptian government team access to Microsoft specialists around the world. “The objective of this initiative is to provide simple and faster methods to fulfil standard citizen’s requests from various government services’ bodies,” said Dr. Nazif, Egypt’s minister for information technology and communication. “It also provides the framework to support intra-government collaboration for more timely and accurate information needed to facilitate decision making.”The minister also went on to say that he expected the agreement to result in a substantial reduction in the Egyptian software piracy rate, by stating that “the government is sending a strong message to the local, regional and international community on Egypt’s commitment to enforce copyright laws.”Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, expressed his enthusiasm for the project. “This e-government initiative confirms the commitment of the Egyptian government to embrace the .Net revolution by using the technology to deliver new and better quality services to the public,” said Ballmer. “This will not only facilitate effective communication between government departments but will improve broader Internet use, as this will act as a major inducement to the whole Egyptian community to get online.”

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