CAIRO: Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Communication and Information Technology Atef Helmy agreed on Tuesday to establish technological “smart villages” in new cities in Egyptian governorates, Mubasher reported.
Madbouly said the smart villages will create job opportunities, promote telecommunication services and increase land value, it reported.
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is scheduled to hold meeting Wednesday with housing officials to view maps of lands to asses where to establish the technological villages.
The ministry decided on a cornerstone for a smart village in Asyut last week at a cost of 4 billion EGP, The Cairo Post previously reported.
The ministry plans to establish five technology smart villages in Asyut, Aswan and the Beni Suif governorates, in the Upper Egypt region, in addition to two others in Alexandria and Sadat City, Helmy said.
The total investment in the five villages will cost 23 billion EGP, he said.
Each technology village will include training centers, distribution outlets for technological products, restaurants, banks branches and communication centers. Helmy said the ministry aims to boost Egypt’s status in communication and information technology, Youm7 reported.
Cairo’s existing smart village in 6 October City consists of a large number of local and international businesses, Helmy added.