The list of attendees includes 12 companies from the Gulf region along with 45 Egyptian companies.
The workshop, titled “Expanding IT Services in the Gulf”, highlights the keenness of the Egyptian IT industry to increase its exports through entering new markets, strengthening business ties with existing ones, and enhancing the capacities of local companies.
The IT Strategy pays special attention to the Gulf markets and aims to help Egyptian IT companies in the process of building their capacities through dozens of programs.
Dr. Hazem Abdelazim, ITIDA CEO, will give an opening speech during the workshop and will underline the latest developments in the Egyptian IT industry. The speech would also shed light on the need to cooperate with IT companies in the Gulf region and the possibilities such cooperation would entail.
During the Egyptian participation in CeBit 2008, Dr. Hazem said that the coming period will witness an increase in the number of business development workshops in order to stimulate an extensive dialogue with international partners in general and partners from the Gulf region in particular.
The workshop speakers include Simon Bell, A.T.Kearney Director, who will give an outline of the Egyptian capabilities, position, and the Gulf market.
The scheduled sessions will witness presentations by service providers from the Gulf region and will touch upon marketing, project execution, and business logistics. The Egyptian companies and their counterparts from KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE will hold meetings to explore areas of mutual interest.
ITIDA is currently spearheading an effort to implement the IT industry National Development Strategy with the help of renowned consultancy firms and with utilizing the vast array of merits bestowed on Egypt to promote the country as a global service location.
A.T. Kearney consultancy firm puts Egypt in the 13th position on its Global Services Location Index 2007, while the Yankee Group issued a report in May 2007 predicting that Egypt would be the India of the Middle East in five years provided that the country stays the current course.
The World Investment Prospects Survey 2007-2009 issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), ranks Egypt as the first choice for investors in the North Africa Region and the second choice in the continent of Africa after South Africa.
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