Egyptian tech firms expand footprint in Africa

egypt-itida-flickrThe Africa Together programme is aimed at supporting the export of IT business and products from Egypt. (Image source: UniversityofSalfordPressOffice/Flickr)Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has set out a number of partnership protocols and concluded business agreements worth US$7mn in six African countries 

The agreements were signed under the aegis of the Africa Together programme, in a bid to increase IT exports from Egypt. 

The programme, which connects Egyptian companies with 17 leading African telecom companies, financial institutions and ICT enterprises, reflects the government’s commitment to accelerate economic growth by expanding the export footprint of its domestic enterprises and help them penetrate different regions in the continent.

Spread across a three-day visit by the African delegation, a number of prescheduled one-to-one meetings were held along with site visits to the premises of Egyptian companies.

“The agency leaves no stone unturned in exploring the ICT African markets in terms of prospects and challenges. In pursuit of growth, Egyptian companies have made unremitting efforts in studying these opportunities and bringing about real business benefits,” said ITIDA CEO Hussein El-Gueretly.

Among the signed agreements, Cairo-based IT company Raya Corporation has signed business agreements in the field of systems integration with IE Networks as well as Tahses ICT & Consultancy from Ethiopia and the Nigerian Mayakorp.

Other companies that have signed partnership deals include Softec International and Ghana’s IPMC in the field of force automation and unified emergency response platform; Smartec with Ghanaian Batiletch in network optimisation and home automation; IT Blocks with Ethopia’s Afcor and Kenya’s Dhanush Infotech for IBM software deployment.

The programme Africa Together was launched last August to support Egyptian companies’ exports of IT services and products targeting the African markets. The global market intelligence firm, International Data Corporation (IDC), has worked with ITIDA to boost Egyptian ICT companies in penetrating high-growth markets across Africa, especially in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.

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