ICT Strategy for Development: Lessons Learnt from the Egyptian Experience in Developing Public-Private Partnerships

ICT Strategy for Development: Lessons Learnt from the Egyptian Experience in Developing Public-Private Partnerships

Sherif Kamel (The American University in Cairo, Egypt) and Dina Rateb (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch101
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Abstract

Emerging information and communication technology (ICT) is setting the pace for a changing, competitive and dynamic global marketplace and representing an enabling platform for business and socioeconomic development in the 21st century. In that respect, developing nations are urged to keep pace regularly with the developments taking place in the developed world through the design and implementation of strategy, vision and detailed plans for universal access in terms of ICT literacy and its effective utilization for developmental purposes were ICT is promoted as a vehicle for development. It is important to note that building the ICT infrastructure and infostructure will not realize quantum leaps in the development process unless it is coupled with concrete projects and initiatives that engage the society at large with its multiple stakeholders from public, private, government and civil society organizations irrespective of their locations whether urban or remote, gender or background. This chapter describes the evolution of the ICT sector in Egypt over the last decade with an emphasis on national ICT strategy development and deployment as an integral element of Egypt’s overall development process within the context of a an emerging economy and the various growing potentials ICT offers for its socioeconomic development.

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