Microsoft Announces Key Sustainability Management Partnerships with MCIT
- A state-of-the-art carbon track-and-trace center and AI-powered agricultural tool to help farmers optimize water use
- Dr Amr Talat: The government is keen on building effective partnerships with the private sector
- Mirna Arif: We are working to leverage our technologies in agriculture to provide farmers with accurate data, especially in rural areas, as part of the “Together for Implementation” concept with MCIT
Cairo, Egypt – On the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), technology leader Microsoft Egypt announced two key sustainability management partnerships with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Eng. Raafat Hendy, Director of Information Infrastructure at MCIT, and Eng. Mirna Arif, Managing Director of Microsoft Egypt, will create a government Center of Excellence for Digital Accounting and Reporting of Emissions (GEAR COE). GEAR COE will enable Egyptian authorities to digitally record, measure and report carbon emissions, which will contribute to institutional sustainability.
Specialized training programs will also be offered for software developers and engineers in the areas of sustainable cloud computing and related topics, in addition to other training modules for policy makers, business owners and leaders. government on topics related to technology-based sustainability solutions.
In partnership with MCIT and other third parties, Microsoft will identify startups developing sustainability solutions to enroll in the Microsoft Entrepreneurship for Positive Impact program.
Dr. Amr Talat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, underscored the Egyptian government’s willingness to build effective partnerships to achieve the goals of the National Climate Change Strategy 2050, Achieving the country’s growth targets low-emission economy, strengthen its capacity to adapt to climate change and mitigate the negative effects associated with it. He pointed out that the cooperation with Microsoft is part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s efforts to cooperate with major international companies to adapt technology to environmental issues. The cooperation aims to build the capacity of Egyptian managers and prepare them to manage the country’s sustainability system using the latest green technologies.
Extending further, he said, “This cooperation is consistent in time and space with the state’s efforts to adopt environmentally friendly policies. It coincides with Egypt’s assumption of the presidency of the twenty-seventh session of the Climate Change Conference, and in light of the declaration of Sharm el-Sheikh as Egypt’s first green city”.
“We are working closely with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to provide the necessary technological solutions that support the efforts of the Egyptian government to reduce the negative effects of climate change in accordance with the National Strategy on Climate Change 2050. Through Microsoft’s innovative sustainability solutions, both technical and technological expertise will be transferred to Egyptian calibers through the Center for Government Excellence. This partnership comes at a good time as Egypt chairs the COP 27 conference and demonstrates the government’s focus on moving from commitment to implementation,” said Mirna Arif, Managing Director of Microsoft Egypt.
Dr. Amr Talaat also met with Mr. Ralph Haupter, President of Microsoft EMEA. and Mr. Samer Abu Latif, President of Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa, to announce the use of artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector.
The two parties will cooperate to develop innovative agricultural techniques to help farmers improve water use in irrigating agricultural crops and access information that helps them predict climate change and take action. preventative measures to protect their crops.
This partnership will be implemented in cooperation with other partners in Egypt and Africa to ensure maximum benefits to farmers and the promotion of sustainable practices across the continent in a manner that supports the interests of all stakeholders. .
It should be noted that the MCIT works through its Applied Innovation Center (AIC) to develop innovative solutions using the latest technologies to develop the agricultural system. Where AI and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques are used to analyze satellite images and determine the boundaries of lands that are used for different purposes, and also to identify the types of crops that grow in various plots and calculate their areas across governorates and at the national level. Additionally, MCIT has developed a mobile application to provide advice to farmers regarding their cropping interests.
The meeting was attended by Eng. Raafat Hendy, Director of Information Infrastructure at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Eng. Mohamed Nasr El-Din, Deputy Minister for International Information Infrastructure, and Dr. Noha Adly, Advisor to the Minister for Research and Development, Eng. Wael El-Kabbani, Managing Director of Microsoft Africa Regional Cluster, and Eng. Mirna Arif, General Manager of Microsoft Egypt.
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