Egypt’s ITIDA Oks 2nd group of firms benefiting from export programmes

Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has approved disbursing the dues of the second group of local Egyptian companies benefiting from the Export IT Programme’s 10th round, Ahram Online reported on Saturday.

In a statement issued on Saturday, ITIDA said the total amount approved to the second batch of companies is worth 11,863 pounds covering 27 medium-sized companies, adding that eight of the companies have joined the programme for the first time.

The total number of Information and communication technology (ICT) companies benefiting from the program so far is 52, where the total amount of export rebate disbursed to the first and second group together records 17,032 pounds, according the statement.

The Export-IT program is an integral part of ITIDA’s strategy to support local ICT exporting companies with an aim of increasing their competitiveness and helping reduce export-related costs.

The program was first launched in 2010 to help Egyptian companies develop their exports from IT/ITES products and services.

Since its inception, the program has supported more than 185 domestic companies with around 350 million pounds, which has contributed to increased IT exports, achieving a total of 6.2 billion pounds revenues, according the statement.

ITIDA said the total number of companies that applied for the programme reached 165, and 113 of which provided their export transactions and supporting documents.

ITIDA has accelerated the procedures of disbursing Export-IT cash support to start last April instead of June with a priority to micro and small companies.

The acceleration process was part of a list of urgent measures taken by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and ITIDA to revive the Egyptian IT market, support local companies, and counteract the negative impact and global market slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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