The Egyptian Government, represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education and Technical Education, has signed MoU with Siemens, to improve the competitiveness of Egyptian industry, by providing world-class digitization and automation solutions upskilling Egypt’s industrial workforce. As part of ongoing support to Egypt Vision 2030, industrialization was identified as a central pillar of the country’s economic transformation strategy.
The MoU was signed on the sideline of the “G20 Investment Summit – German Business and Compact with Africa Countries” in Berlin, by Eng. Amr Nassar-Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education and Technical Education, along with Mr. Joe Kaiser, the CEO of Siemens AG. The MoU seeks to achieve progress in several areas including but not limited to, Industrialization and Industrial Zones, Automation and Digitalization, Education and Training, and Energy Saving, Safety Solutions and Environment Protection.
H.E. Eng. Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry, said: “Egypt has identified industrialization as a priority sector as part of our Vision 2030 economic development strategy. The Ministry of Trade and Industry is helping lead this effort by working in partnership with industrial manufacturing and digitalization leaders such as Siemens, who bring advanced technologies and training capabilities. Through this collaboration and its emphasis on digitalization and automation, we will provide Egyptian companies with new tools to continually raise quality standards of Egyptian manufacturing and give Egyptian workers the skills and training to lead our nation to the industries of the future,”.
“Building on our long history of successful collaboration in Egypt, including the successful recent delivery of a record-breaking 14.4 gigawatts of new electricity to the Egyptian people, Siemens will leverage its global expertise in manufacturing, digitalization and automation to help expand Egypt’s industrial output, increase the competitiveness of industrial manufacturing, and expand education, training and skills throughout Egypt’s industrial workforce,” said Emad Ghaly, CEO of Siemens in Egypt.
The agreement identifies specific collaboration in the following four area:
Industrialization and Industrial Zones
Siemens will work with the government to promote industrialization, and the development of industrial zones, with focus on discrete and process industries. Siemens will bring specific expertise and industrial know-how to help Egyptian industry improve competitiveness. The government will enhance the environment in these sectors through regulatory support.
To help expand Egyptian exports, Siemens will work with the government to promote industrial localization and increase the international competitiveness of Egyptian exports by enabling regional OEMs and equipment manufacturers through adoption of automation and digitalization.
Automation and Digitalization
Siemens and the government will work, not only to increase adoption of automation and digitalization across Egyptian industry, but also to ensure that these systems operate to global standards. As part of this effort to drive a digital transformation, Siemens will work with the ministry to promote system interconnection, data collection, data transmission, and data analytics, and to leverage Internet of Things (IoT) integration.
Education and Training
Recognizing the need to ensure a skilled workforce as part of this industrialization vision, the agreement looks to upgrade existing education and training approaches via factory of the future -ready training assets and more certified industrial training instructors. This would be followed by a national rollout of industrialization training to prepare workers for the future of manufacturing. In parallel, digitalization and industrialization education will be integrated into existing the vocational education and training system. Up to 100 local software developers will be built up within 1.5 years as first step.
Longer term, digitalization and industry-specific training will be enabled through digital twin software, and connectivity to the Siemens MindSphere platform for cloud computing, data analytics, smart data, and cybersecurity.
Energy Saving, Safety Solutions and Environment Protection
The agreement seeks to implement advanced energy efficiency solutions for industry, including intelligent safety and monitoring solutions for manufacturing and process automation to protect people, machines and the environment.