Posted by Bob Brunskill
Global networking leader Cisco and authorities in Abu Dhabi have agreed a deal to support the modernisation initiatives of key government sectors in the emirate.
According to a statement issued by the two sides, this includes, but is not limited to, the upgrading of the social, education and healthcare sector network infrastructures, thereby "helping to empower the national economy through information and communications technology".
As a core part of the agreement, Cisco will contribute to Abu Dhabi's e-Literacy program by establishing a Cisco Networking Academy in the emirate, the statement said.
This initiative will aim to address the shortfall of local technology talent in Abu Dhabi.
Among various other measures, the Abu Dhabi government will also utilise the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute to support government projects for resource and entrepreneurship development.
"ICT is one of the main factors for socio-economic growth, which was also clearly stressed by the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Vision," noted Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori of the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre.
Meanwhile, research released last week by Dataxis Intelligence showed that mobile phone adoption in the Middle East has risen dramatically over the last two years and now stands at 87 per cent of the population.