By Hamed Mahmoud
The Egyptian National Post Organisation (ENPO) has released a commemorative stamp on the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), which is celebrated annually on May 17, marking the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.
Commenting on that, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat stated that issuing the stamp reflects the keenness to document important events and occasions on the local and international levels. WTISD is an opportunity to highlight the role of ICT in reaching a digital society, and bridging the digital divide to achieve smart and sustainable development across various sectors, he added.
Talaat pointed out the national efforts to augment the effective role of ICT in improving the quality of life and raising the efficiency of services, a matter in which the state has made great strides in light of Digital Egypt strategy, which is implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).
For his part, ENPO Chairman Sherif Farouk said that the pandemic helped demonstrate the crucial role of ICT in continuing work electronically during lockdowns, making telecommunication and the information society the mainstay of completing the development plans. He added that ENPO took the initiative to participate in WTISD celebration through releasing a commemorative postage stamp to document the occasion.
The stamp is linked to Egypt Stamps website (www.enpo.info) through a QR Code that enables holders to obtain all the related information. The website displays information on the stamps’ issuance and technical specifications, in addition to pictures and videos. This comes as part of the comprehensive development plan that ENPO is currently witnessing, with the aim to achieve digital transformation in all its departments, divisions and services.
The 4x5cm stamp is for EGP 5. It was created using multicolour offset printing and anti-counterfeiting technology.