Egypt launches first data and cloud computing center

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi recently unveiled Egypt’s inaugural government data and cloud computing center, also referred to as a data hub. This establishment underscores Egypt’s dedication to progressing in the field of information technology. During the inauguration, the Minister of Information Technology emphasized that the new data hub will function as the primary repository for all ministry data, ensuring robust protection against unauthorized access and cyber threats.

The establishment will be pivotal in driving the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technology across governmental operations. It will offer AI and data analysis applications to aid decision-making at all levels.

President El-Sisi emphasized the importance of substantial infrastructure investments, acknowledging the significant costs involved in setting up the center. He highlighted its essential role in advancing Egypt’s comprehensive modernization efforts within an ever-changing global landscape.

Furthermore, it will serve as a centralized national data and disaster recovery hub, guaranteeing self-management, operational efficiency, and privacy for vital initiatives such as smart ports, thereby optimizing import and export procedures.

Located along the Ain Sokhna highway, the center encompasses an area of over 23,500 square meters. Of this, more than 10,000 square meters are allocated for existing infrastructure, while the remainder is earmarked for future expansions.

During his address, he emphasized Egypt’s strategic advantage stemming from its geographical location. Approximately 90 percent of the world’s submarine cables traverse Egypt, positioning it as a pivotal hub for data transmission and communications. Egypt ranks second only to the US in terms of the number of submarine cables passing through its territory.

The president stressed the necessity of developing an integrated infrastructure to uphold Egypt’s stature as a prominent intermediary for data exchange between the East and the West.

Highlighting Egypt’s pivotal role as a central data transfer point, El-Sisi emphasized the importance of localizing data storage within the country. This marks a significant departure from previous practices reliant on expensive foreign storage solutions.

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