Egypt has launched Silicon Waha to spread the adoption of tech innovation in the country and to help it establish to establish and operate Science and Technology Parks across the country.
Set up by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) through Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), the innovation city much like Kenya’s Konza Technopolies was established on a partnership between ITIDA, MCIT and the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) of the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Construction.
According to a press statement, Silicon Waha seeks to serve the ICT industry in Egypt through integrated services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, local and international companies of all sizes. Waha is open to both software and hardware companies.
“The genuine message of tech parks is to limit domestic migration through offering direct and indirect jobs for the young Egyptian in different fields, contribute to the development of disadvantaged and marginalized areas with electronic services to citizens, and develop skills for both those who work in governorates and university graduates, as well as motivate them to join call centers, technical support centers, electronics design and manufacture companies” Asmaa Hosni, CEO of ITIDA, stated during the announcement.
She also confirmed that new parks will provide a competitive operating cost for the investor and work environment conducive to investment in the governorates.
After Silicon Waha, the partners aims to construct six technology parks in the cities of Burj Al Arab, Madinat AlSadat, Tenth of Ramadan, new Beni Suef, new Assiut and new Aswan.