Egypt govt website adopts African languages: Swahili, Hausa, Amharic
15 February 2019
Egypt’s national information outlet, the State Information Service, SIS; has launched a new portal in six languages – three of which are traditional African languages.
The three are; Swahili, Hausa and Amharic the other three being Arabic, English and French. Head of the SIS, Diaa Rashwan, said the portal was a serious attempt to communicate with fellow Africans in local languages. All five languages are live except for the Amhara part.
The measure came at a time when the Egyptian president Abdul Fatteh Al-Sisi was taking over as President of the African Union, the first North African leader in as many years.
But the SIS boss was quoted by MENA news agency as stressing that the new information structure, africa.sis.gov.eg was going to be continued and developed beyond the one-year presidency of the Al-Sisi.