New Delhi: India and
Egypt Tuesday inked seven agreements, including for setting up a
centre of excellence in Information Technology at Cairo's Al Azhar
University, after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
visiting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Both sides signed an MoU for cooperation in Information and
Communication Technology, including in e-governance and
e-education, IT and electronics hardware, sharing of experiences
in the creation of Technology Parks and IT clusters.
A MoU on cooperation in cyber security was also inked for
"exchanging information on all aspects of cyber security and
supporting each other in taking appropriate measures in order to
prevent cyber security incidents".
The centre for excellence in IT in Al Azhar University will see
India provide the human resources, as well as the hardware and
software to set up a centre for the training of upto 500 students
per year. Egypt will facilitate the establishment of the centre
including provision of space and logistical support.
Both sides inked an MoU for cooperation in the field of micro and
small enterprises, to facilitate sharing of information, meetings
between enterprises, technology transfers and to provide
consultation services to enhance the abilities of business
enterprises of India and Egypt.
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)
and Egypt's ministry for antiquities affairs inked an MoU for
joint activities, sharing of information and exchange of expertise
through conferences, workshops, joint projects and to prevent
illicit traffic of antiquities.
Both sides also agreed to upgrade a vocational training centre at
Shourba El Kheima, Cairo, under which the National Small
Industries Corporation (NSIC) will provide technological the
upgradation required in the area of spinning, weaving, knitting
and dyeing technology.
Both sides also signed a letter of intent on solar energy
cooperation under which 8.8 kilowatt of power would be provided
using solar energy to 40 households in a village in Siwa located
in Martrouh in Egypt.
Both sides also inked a Letter of Intent for launch services of
the Egyptian Nano Satellite EGYCUBESAT-1 on board India's Polar
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by Antrix Corporation Ltd.