ICT Minister Witnesses Signing MoU between ITI, Vodafone Egypt for Upskilling Youth, Provide Freelance Jobs through Begin Platform

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has witnessed, through videoconference, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and Vodafone Egypt. The aim is to establish a strategic partnership through “Begin” platform for freelance-work, which aims to create online job opportunities for young people.

The platform connects freelancers with the Egyptian labor market and small and medium-sized business owners, to facilitate transactions in a secure way to protect the rights of both sides.

This comes as part of the global and local efforts for focusing on freelancing, and in light of ITI key leading role in providing distinguished training programs on Mahara-Tech platform. This is in addition to implementing the “Freelancing and Remote Work Initiative” that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) launched with the aim to educate and train young people on freelancing and remote work skills, and provide decent income opportunities, in collaboration with a number of freelance platforms.

The MoU was signed by ITI Chairwoman Heba Saleh and Vodafone Egypt CEO Alexandre Froment-Curtil.

The two year MoU targets developing young people’s skills and creating an enabling environment for rediscovering their capacities, motivating them to acquire the necessary experiences to have a better future, and providing freelance work opportunities for different youth groups.

Vodafone’s Begin platform will provide many programs and training courses available on Mahara-Tech, in cooperation with ITI as the only provider of the training content. The platform, in addition, will participate in the “Freelancing and Remote Work Initiative.”

The ICT Minister highlighted that the cooperation represents a step forward towards creating an enabling environment for the growth of the freelancing industry. The cooperation will also provide young people with the necessary skills to qualify them for freelance jobs, to compete in global markets, he added.

This comes within the framework of MCIT strategy for building the Egyptian citizen, which includes freelance work development plans, said Talaat, underlining the need to follow up on work results within the framework of the cooperation plan, and evaluate them continuously.

Saleh stated that ITI is eager to collaborate with Vodafone Egypt to develop “Begin” platform for freelancing, as it will help correlate the training programs with the content provided for supporting freelancing and remote work. The platform represents a new opportunity for creating more jobs for young people and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), to increase relevant job opportunities and leverage the new non-traditional jobs provided by technology, she added.

For his part, Froment-Curtil said that Vodafone Egypt seeks to avail its digital and technological capabilities to support and develop the society, especially in employment and business, and that is why “Begin” platform for young people was launched.

Cooperation with ITI is a concrete step for enabling young people to find better job opportunities and leveraging Vodafone projects in employment and qualification for the digital labor market, especially during this period that the world is going through, where it can be difficult to find a job, given the huge impact of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on a number of industries.


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