Centre for excellence in universal design and assistive technology to be established in Egypt

Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has partnered with the Japanese Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to establish of a joint centre for excellence in universal design and Assistive Technology at the National Academy of Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities (NAID) to improve the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities. 

The collaboration will focus on setting and implementing accessibility training standards and research and development (R&D) in assistive technology, AI, robotics, IoT and other emerging technologies geared towards Japanese and Arabic-speaking people with disabilities. The centre will also promote collaboration between Egyptian and Japanese researchers specialising in universal design and assistive technology and facilitate capacity-building activities.

The MoU establishing the partnership was signed by Abeer Shakweer, the Egyptian ICT Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services and NAID Executive Director, and Hiroshi Kawamura, Vice President of ATDO.