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Egypt to put off the computerization of some governmental services: sources

Thursday 01 November 2018 06:17 PM

Ibrahim Sarhan
Ibrahim Sarhan

By Maha Abu Wedn 
The Egyptian government decided to put off the computerization  of  services that constitute only 20 percent of its revenues because costs are outweighing proceeds.  
Minister of Finance Dr. Mohmed Moeet had decided to halt the cash payment of fees owed to  governmental entities. 
Committee tasked with putting in place mechanisms activating Moeet's decree has found that payments, owed largely to state  transports and Cairo Metro,  totaling EGP3bn per day are hard to computerize on account of them constituting only 20 percent of governmental revenues, according to informed sources. 
Commenting on Ministry of Finance's clinching an agreement recently for the purchase and installation of ticket machines at Cairo Metro stations, the sources said that the machines will provide urgent and temporary solutions to acute problem emanating from the manual issuance of tickets for passengers.
The ticket machines are equipped to issue the ticket for passengers at main metro stations as well as giving back the change. The machines, being on par with those installed in advanced countries, help end overcrowding at ticket outlets. 
Over 1260 spots will be equipped with the ATM machines to meet a January deadline for replacing conventional state coffers, according to statements delivered previously to Al-Mal newspaper by chairman of I-Finance Company Hisham Sarhan.