Cisco supports Silatech initiative
Doha, June 4, 2008
Cisco will deepen its commitment to supporting Arab youth by designating its globalisation centre to support Silatech, an initiative of Shaikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar, in developing a region-wide technology platform.
Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers will oversee Cisco’s commitment on Silatech's board of trustees.
The technology platform will include innovative applications that will help enable instant interaction and on-demand collaboration amongst businesses and individuals alike, including face-to-face video meetings and blogging.
“Cisco will help Silatech scale promising youth-led enterprise and regional collaboration through the use of cutting-edge informational communications technologies (ICT) to stimulate scalable economic and social development projects across the region. Through our globalisation center, we will be building upon our knowledge and expertise in workforce development programs to create a favorable environment for ICT education and allow individuals to interact with their prospective employees in a fast and highly secure manner,” said Cisco chief globalisation officer and executive vice-president Wim Elfrink.
Elfrink will lead the strategic collaboration with Silatech.
Silatech is an innovative initiative of Shaikha Mozah with broad support from other leaders and organisations both regionally and internationally. It is being created to address the critical and growing need to create new jobs and opportunities for young people globally, starting in the Arab World - the region with the highest rates of youth unemployment and under-employment.
Silatech’s vision is aligned with Cisco’s intent to use the network as the platform to drive scalable, sustainable business models that can help lift the social and economic status of youth.
Another key part of this collaboration is the creation of youth targeted entrepreneur centers whereby Silatech and Cisco will collaborate with local partners to roll-out the Entrepreneur Institute in five Arab countries within the next 12 months.
The Institute will help facilitate the development of entrepreneurial businesses by offering three training tracks designed for entrepreneurs seeking to start their own business, grow their business or deploy information and communications technology (ICT) to help accelerate their business success.
Cisco was named a founding member and global strategic technology provider for Silatech during the UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum held in Madrid in January 2008. Cisco’s role will comply with laws applicable to Cisco products and technology. – TradeArabia News Service