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Communication: the use of AI to avoid vision loss and agricultural extension


Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, affirmed that Egypt's digital strategy has been formulated within the framework of a vision whose pillar and effective engine is communications and information technology tools. While it is implemented according to a work approach based on encouraging innovation to develop and apply emerging scientific research and technology in specific initiatives aimed at providing non-traditional solutions to pressing life and social challenges, as well as developing the necessary digital skills to provide excellent opportunities for learning and work for youth and women.

 

This came in the speech of Dr. Amr Talaat during his participation via video conference in the twenty-fourth session of the Committee on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), whose activities are organized by the United Nations Organization for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) during the period from May 17 to 21 through virtual means and with active participation; Its sessions revolve around the progress made in implementing the WSIS Plan of Action and following up on these results at the global and regional levels.

 

Dr. Amr Talaat added in his speech that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has established an Applied Innovation Center, which is scheduled to be located in the New Administrative Capital, with the aim of providing an opportunity for successful partnerships that bring together specialists, academics, beneficiaries and leading technology companies to work together to create effective solutions to the challenges of the Egyptian society using technologies. Modern digital.

 

He reviewed examples of projects implemented by the center that reflect the paths of the summit and the sustainable development goals, and through which emerging technologies are employed in improving citizens' lives. Including a project that aims to use AI techniques for early detection of retinopathy caused by diabetes to avoid blindness, which will have an effective and beneficial impact on citizens' lives, especially in remote and rural areas, as well as another project that aims to develop solutions for planning radiation therapy for cancer and improving treatment protocols. Radioactive and immunofluorescent.

 

He also added that he is adopting AI technology in the agricultural sector; Where a project is being implemented in cooperation with a number of concerned authorities and multinational companies to use artificial intelligence and space photography in several areas, including the agricultural inventory of different crops using the spectral footprint, as well as cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture to implement the Egyptian agricultural guide project by developing an intelligent assistant supported in the Arabic language. Agricultural extension to farmers directly and personally through a mobile application based on AI techniques, and provides extension services in a number of areas, including irrigation methods, crop dates, prices, weather forecasts and their impact on crops, and joint projects are currently being discussed to develop AI-based solutions for predictive analyzes. And precision agriculture.

 


Dr. Amr Talaat referred to the "Information and Communication Technology for Comprehensive Community Development in the Field of Agriculture" project, which was announced as one of the five best projects in the World Summit Award on the Information Society competition for this year; Emphasizing the state's interest in making the development and use of emerging digital technologies tangible by society as a whole in order to achieve a more prosperous, inclusive and integrating life for all segments and spectrums of society, on top of which are the most needy areas, rural and remote areas, and people with special needs, while giving women special attention; He explained the efforts made within the presidential initiative "A Decent Life", which brings together a large number of paths of summit decisions, and then the sustainable development goals, which are converging with them in order to reach digital access to nearly 60 million citizens in 4,500 villages, over a period of three years through the provision of infrastructure. Digitalization and achieving internet connectivity for offline places, and then providing basic services in a digitized manner.

 

In his speech, Dr. Amr Talaat referred to the report of the United Nations Secretary-General, "The Road Map for Digital Cooperation." Praising the integrated approach that the United Nations organizations intend to adopt in order to actively participate in the ambitious national plans; He stressed the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology's keenness to participate in all relevant events to benefit from the experiences of other participating countries, and to enhance digital cooperation as a catalyst to reach the desired sustainable development.

 

Dr. Amr Talaat also praised the implementation report of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society and its various aspects that dealt with international and regional efforts with regard to the basic pillars of an inclusive and inclusive digital society, while limiting cybercrime and negative impacts on the environment, as well as respecting privacy, as well as the successful experiences To a number of participating countries around the world; Expressing his hope that the report of the committee that will be submitted to the high-level political forum on the follow-up to the achievement of the sustainable development goals will include; Developing a mechanism for measuring the impact of digital transformation and the use of digital science and technology on the economy and on the level of life of different groups, especially the most needy in our societies, in a way that contributes to pushing the process of sustainable development for the benefit of all, without exception.

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