Egypt Boosts Global Edge for Local Software Development Industry

Egypt Boosts Global Edge for Local Software Development Industry

ITIDA hosts experts’ roundtable on best practices for elevating software companies through SECC

ITIDA CEO: Committed to advancing software engineering sector and keeping local companies

abreast of global trends for enhanced export capabilities

 Egypt’s Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) of the Information Technology Industry

Development Agency (ITIDA) convened a roundtable discussion at CREATIVA Innovation Hub in

Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace; in Cairo; one of Egypt’s most historic gems.

The session aimed to explore and deliberate on the best global practices for advancing the

capabilities and competitiveness of Egyptian IT and software companies, with a primary focus on the

leveraging Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) to improve business performance and create

a sustainable competitive edge.

The roundtable, led by ITIDA’s CEO, Engineer Ahmed ELZaher, involved prominent CMMI-appraised IT

and software companies. Participants included Engineer Khalid Ibrahim, CIT’s Chairman of the Board;

Dr. Haitham Hamza, Acting Chairman of SECC; executives from local software companies, and CIOs

from various organizations benefiting from SECC.

The discussion encompassed the advantages of adopting CMMI and its implications for improving the

business efficiency of IT companies. ELZaher emphasized ITIDA’s commitment to promote open and

inclusive dialogue among the IT community and software companies, aiming to support their growth,

increase competitiveness, and enhance capabilities for international market penetration.

The CEO highlighted the increased demand for professional skills in software engineering, which acts

as a key attraction for the Egyptian market, contributing to increasing exports regionally and globally,

where he stressed the role of ITIDA in reinforcing Egypt’s position in the IT services offshoring


ITIDA is strategically developing innovative capacity-building programs and providing international

accreditations, positioning local IT and software companies at the forefront of global excellence.

SECC plays a pivotal role as the driving force behind ITIDA’s efforts to boost the competitiveness of

the local IT industry and software enterprises while expanding their global footprint.

ITIDA CEO praised the positive role played by SECC experts in offering consultation on a unique

blend of quality standards and frameworks, and coaching their implementation in addition to

assessment and appraisal services.

Additionally, the meeting reviewed the role of ITIDA in increasing the accredited and certified local

companies, highlighting the recent collaboration between SECC and CIT where the latter will provide

support of 50% of the cost for 20 companies of its members to obtain the CMMI certifications (CMMI-

DEV/SVC) in the areas of development or services.

It’s worth noting that SECC has provided consultation, assessment, appraisal, and training services

for CMMI for both Development and Services since 2007 with 200 appraised companies locally in

Egypt and internationally in Bangladesh, China, KSA, Kuwait, Syria, and UAE.

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a globally recognized method and process and

behavioral model that helps organizations streamline process improvement and encourage

productive, efficient behaviors that decrease risks in software, product, and service development.

SECC is a leading organization in cutting-edge technology services and consultancy, reinforcing

technical competence and improving the internal capacities of ICT companies. In June 2001, SECC

was inaugurated as part of the efforts supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information

Technology (MCIT) to boost the Information Technology Industry in Egypt. In 2005, SECC merged

into the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

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