NTEC signs MoU with Microsoft

The National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) in Kuwait and Microsoft have strengthened their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at last month’s Gitex trade show in Dubai

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

The National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) in Kuwait and Microsoft have strengthened their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at last month’s Gitex trade show in Dubai.
Together NTEC and Microsoft will work to create a favourable environment for the growing software and IT sector in Kuwait and strive to strengthen the business and technology economy.

The software giant said it would establish a Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) in Kuwait City to improve the local software economy through the provision of consistent and comprehensive support to IT graduates in Kuwait, as well as higher education students, entrepreneurs, start-ups, independent software vendors (ISVs), local governments and businesses.

Programmes offered include those dedicated to business and technical skills development and industry partnerships.

“NTEC was created to play a role in servicing major stakeholders in Kuwait with their technology needs — Microsoft is a vital partner in this goal,” said Adnan Al-Sultan, vice chairman and managing director of NTEC.

“The services and programmes offered at the MIC will not only help grow the local software economy in Kuwait, but also drive innovation — a fundamental component to the economic and sustainable growth of the country,” Al-Sultan added.

Microsoft said the partnership was part of ongoing efforts and collaboration between NTEC and Microsoft to scale up Kuwaiti software skills and also proved the vendor’s commitment to Kuwait.

“The potential for growth and innovation in the software industry in Kuwait is vast,” said Charbel Fakhoury, general manager of Microsoft Gulf.

“The creation of future growth and economic development is a mission that Microsoft globally is dedicated to and the MIC in Kuwait is a strong testament to this. It is a facility that enables collaboration on technology and software solutions between local government, academics and the IT industry as a whole — fostering an atmosphere within which innovation thrives and potential is realised,” Fakhoury added.

Microsoft said the IT community in Kuwait would benefit from a variety of programmes at the MIC, delivered in a number of areas such as skills, partnership and innovation.

The vendor said the focus on skills was designed to help participants develop both business and technical skills. It includes courses on software development, market development and employment programmes. Partnership is aimed at fostering relationships between academia, the industry and Microsoft. These include industry clusters and support for student-led research programmes.

Microsoft also highlighted the development of innovation through lab access, applications scalability and availability testing.

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