Published: Tue Aug 02 2005

Organisers Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced that GITEX 2005 (September 25th to 29th) will witness a strong Egyptian contingent at the show buoyed by growth in IT revenues in Egypt over the last two years.

"IT revenues in Egypt are projected to grow by 7.63% to cross AED 2.24 billion (US$ 613 million) in 2005* as we gear up to receive a delegation of ICT professionals from Egypt to participate at GITEX this year," said DWTC Director General, Helal Khalfan Saeed Al Marri.

He added that IT revenues in Egypt for the year ending 2004 touched AED 2.09 billion (US$ 569.5 million). "The IT demand in Egypt is varied with hardware systems, packaged software, peripherals and IT services making up for over 87% of the revenues during 2004 while networking equipment and storage contributed for the rest," Mr. Al Marri observed.

Egypt has maintained a modest annual GDP growth in the range of 2 to 3 per cent in the last couple of years. However, in 2004 Egypt implemented several measures to boost foreign direct investment. In September 2004, Egypt pushed through custom reforms, proposed income and corporate tax reforms, reduced energy subsidies, and privatised several enterprises.

ICT is a high growth sector all over the world and Egypt is no exception. Egyptian software & information technology is a growing and diversified industry, attracting considerable investment from the private sector, in addition to the government incentives supporting the sector.

Exhibitors from around the world use GITEX as a platform to demonstrate new technologies, launch the latest releases of a broad range of new IT solutions into the regional market and display their newest wares in a bid to tap new business opportunities.

GITEX 2004 welcomed over 939 exhibitors representing more than 2,428 companies from 41 countries. The record-breaking event covered a vast expanse of 27,504 square metres of floor space and attracted 116,346 trade visitors.


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