Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is a governmental entity affiliated to Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is responsible for growing and developing Egypt’s position as a leading global outsourcing location by attracting foreign direct investment to the industry and maximizing the exports of IT services and applications.

Located in the heart of the modern business environment at Smart Village, the six hundred acre business park on the outskirts of Cairo, ITIDA is a self-sustainable entity that drives the IT industry in Egypt and raises awareness among the Egyptian people of the benefits and use of ICT to advance socio-economic welfare of the whole community.


By hosting African Content Award (Grand Jury in 2015 and Gala and Forum in 2016) for the upcoming years, Egypt aims at strengthening ICT and entrepreneurial links between African states.

The Egyptian government seeks to find novel ways to put forward and sustain territorial cooperation programmes with the African states. The African market is promising and highly attractive for both foreign and regional investors. The African award is a de facto contemporary initiative by which Egypt looks forward to have a pioneering role in the African continent as an innovation hub. Ranked among the top ten global service locations, according to ATKearney, Egypt underpins its greater role in service delivery with its unique location in the heart of the Arab world and among Africa, Europe and Asia where the routes of submarine cables pass through the Suez Canal to connect the world.

ITIDA endeavored to take partnership opportunities with WSA where Egypt can add value to the African information and communications industry as well as create an ideal arena for supporting the African innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Egyptian contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is dated back to 2003 where the President of Egypt highlighted the role of the Egyptian government to diffuse ICT in the nation. He demonstrated some initiatives that aimed at preparing the community for the information society such as free-Internet model, PC for every home, and the introduction of broadband services. Egypt participated in the World Summit Awards in the same year where CULTNAT received the award for being one of the 21 Continental Best Practice Examples in the category of e-cultural, specifically the project titled “CULTURAL Heritage in the Digital Age: The Egyptian Experience” which has succeeded in preserving and presenting Egypt’s cultural heritage, demonstrating valuable cultural assets.

In 2005, Egypt started the national award for e-content with the purpose of upgrading and enriching the Arabic e-content industry. The local competition encouraged the development of Arabic e-content among companies, authorities and individuals concerned about this industry through active participation in national and international competitions to reassure the Egyptian leadership in the field of content industry. During the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2005,held in Tunis, Egypt showcased the 8 winners of its national e-content competition. Egypt also participated in WSA held in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2009. In 2010, when the World Summit Award Mobile started as a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best in mobile content and innovative applications, Egypt left no stone unturned to win the WSA-mobile award in the category of m-Environment & Health. Although violent unrest plagued Egypt in 2011, Egypt took part in the WSA and could get two awards.

Moreover WSA celebrated the best e-content producers worldwide in cooperation with the international trade fair Cairo ICT 2012 and the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) under the patronage of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. In 2013, the Egyptian national e-Content Award was relaunched after it came to a halt while Egypt won two awards in WSA for the same year.