Irish on a mission To sell IT software to Egypt

Twelve Irish companies, most of them in the software and information technology areas, visited Egypt in late February. Ireland’s minister for science & technology, Noel Treacy, accompanied them. They met Egypt’s minister of communication & information technology, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Nazif.

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By  Mike Bayman Published  March 23, 2001

Twelve Irish companies, most of them in the software and information technology areas, visited Egypt in late February. Ireland’s minister for science & technology, Noel Treacy, accompanied them. They met Egypt’s minister of communication & information technology, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Nazif.

Treacy said Irish companies are anxious to explore opportunities to work in partnership with Egyptian companies, build long-term alliances and identify direct sales opportunities. Outpacing the average economic growth of the European Union with a factor of 3.5, Ireland is now one of Europe’s high growth economies.

The Irish minister said that the emergence of Ireland’s software industry is an example of the new Ireland. “Ireland has now overtaken the US to become the worlds number one exporter of software products and more than 60% of all PC package software sold in Europe is now produced in Ireland,” Treacy said.

“A large degree of the success of the 600 Irish companies involved in the software sector has been built on the innovative development of niche applications for specialised markets in areas such as banking, telecoms and computer based training,” he added.

The twelve companies came to Egypt to explore business opportunities in the software, information technology, and educational services and waste treatment sectors with Egyptian counterparts.
Treacy said “Significant potential exist for increasing trade between Ireland and Egypt, particularly through software and information technology.” He also said that Egypt is an excellent location for developing business opportunities in association with local partners in the African market.

The following companies were part of the first Irish trade mission to Egypt:

l  AM-BEO (www.am-beo.ie), provides rating, billing and partner reconciliation software for IP and Internet services.
2  Baltimore Technologies (www.baltimore.com), products to secure business conducted via networks.
3  CR2 Group (www.cr2.com), a provider of Internet banking, channel management and card payment solutions.
4  Ganley Group/Broadnet (www.broadnet.net), a wireless broadband local access specialist.
5  Ganley Group/Rivada Solutions (www.rivada.com), a wholesale Application Service Provider.
6  Network365 , a provider of mobile commerce solutions (www.network365.com).
7  ProsCon (www.proscon.com), offering design solutions.
8  Sigma Wireless Technologies (www.sigma.ie) design, manufacture and market antennas and related products.
9  Web IT (www.webit.ie), active in Web development, data-base management and WAP.
l0 Hydro International (www.hydrointernational.com) is working with solutions for wastewater.
l1 Thermal Heat Exchangers (www.mythermal.com), fin coil heat exchanger technology.
l2 Centre of English Studies (www.cesireland.ie).

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