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The National Authority for Governance cooperates in a program to support and empower persons with disabilities in society

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, represented by the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, the training arm of the Ministry, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program in Egypt, launched the Open Innovation Challenge for Persons with Disabilities, in partnership with Nile University, the Nile Pioneers Initiative, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, the Nitros Project and the Faculty of Economics Business Incubator And political science.


Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development explained that the criteria for applying for the program are that the company is Egyptian, that it has been registered for at least one year, and that the participating company team has the technical requirements to complete the solutions, as well as that the age of the company’s owners or founders does not exceed more than one year. 40 years old, stressing that the owners of the company or founders will encourage women and people with disabilities to apply, and additional training will be provided to them.


On her part, Dr. Sharifa Sherif, Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, explained that the Assistive Technology Incubation Program has been launched by opening the door for registration to Egyptian companies registered to submit their initial models for proposed solutions for various assistive technologies that fall under 4 business areas: Providing access to places Public and transportation, inclusive education, inclusive employment, health and early medical intervention, as a number of these solutions will be selected to qualify for the next stage in order to select 4 companies and incubate their proposed assistive technologies for a period of 6 months in which work will be made to turn these prototypes into products that can be available in the market and produced. Commercially.


To support and empower women entrepreneurs and people with disabilities, the incubation program will provide additional training to achieve equal opportunities for all. Technical support will also be provided to the participating companies in Alexandria through the headquarters of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, and in Fayoum and Sohag through the units of the Nitros project. To encourage female entrepreneurs in the communications and information technology sector, one of the four companies that will be chosen has been designated as a company founded or headed by a woman.


The Assistive Technology Incubation Program comes under the activities of the United Nations Development Program in Egypt "Assistive technologies and digital tools for a better inclusion of people with disabilities", which was launched last December with the participation and under the auspices of the Ministers of Youth, Sports, Tourism, Antiquities, Social Solidarity and the Egyptian Sports Federation for Mental Disabilities: Mr. Michael Haddad Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program.