ICDL sets up new entity for Egypt operations
Dubai, June 22, 2014
The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), a global computer literacy initiative, has set up a new organisation to take over its operations in Egypt in co-ordination with the ECDL Foundation, the global governing body of the ICDL program.
The ICDL initiatives are designed to boost the IT expertise of the local workforce and increase the number of qualified nationals in the IT sector.
The newly-formed ICDL Arabia, will combine ICDL activities in the GCC states, Iraq and Egypt under a single identifiable brand thereby resulting in greater brand uniformity, increased visibility and a more consolidated ICDL presence in the region.
Taking full effect on September 1, ICDL Arabia will be backed by a wealth of experience in delivering the ICDL certification programs in the region, said a statement from the organisation.
Over the past 12 years, the ICDL has been delivered to more than two million candidates across the region making it by far the largest and most successful ICT skills certification program in the region.
To ensure a smooth transition, ICDL in the GCC states, Iraq and Egypt have already started to implement arrangements to seamlessly shift their current operations to ICDL Arabia, said the statement.
The new, expanded ICDL Arabia will be responsible for over 860 accredited centers across the region as well as a wide range of key partnerships with government organizations and private sector partners.
Jamil Ezzo, who was first appointed as the director general for the ICDL GCC Foundation in 2004, has been named ICDL Arabia’s new director general.
On his apointment, Ezzo said: "I am truly humbled and honoured to be named as the director general. The launch of this new initiative complements ICDL’s vision of spreading computer literacy and promoting online safety among citizens around the world."
"Moreover, ICDL Arabia will deliver substantial and sustainable benefits and advantages to the GCC region primarily in the area of providing digital skills that will prepare individuals for the 21st century workplace. We look forward to working closely with our partners and stakeholders to help extend our reach and further promote the ICDL program across the region," he added.-TradeArabia News Service