The Finnish telecom has signed two MoUs with Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to promote skill-building and employment opportunities.
The news was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As part of the MoU, Nokia and MCIT’s sector development and innovation arm, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), will conduct a yearly hackathon with Nokia Bell Labs.
Nokia will also provide software development internships to offer first-hand job experience to Egyptians.
“We are honoured to work with MCIT to bring new and exciting technology prospects for the country’s ICT professionals,” said Amr El-Leithy, MEA Market Unit Head at Nokia.
“Overall, the two MoUs will enable Egypt to make a mark in the global ICT arena and will also go a long way in developing the digital ecosystem in the country.
“Interacting with our professionals will provide a valuable opportunity to the country’s talent to innovate and use technology for their and Egypt’s growth.”
As part of the agreement, Nokia and ITIDA will also work together in fields such as telecommunications, software enablement and innovation and capacity building in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and network security.
Nokia and the Information Technology Institute (ITI) will also work on developing in-house undergraduate and graduate training programmes.
H.E. Eng. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that his team are “committed to our vision of developing Egypt as a prominent global ICT player.”
He added: “We are confident that the agreements signed today with Nokia will be extremely beneficial for the country’s youth and help us in developing competencies in the emerging technologies.
“Such collaborations with technology leaders will enable us to propel our efforts to foster talent for the new technologies".