Intel pushes connected society plan

Intel is planning to step up its work with local governments in order to promote its vision of a connected society. Governments have a vital role to play if the region is to meet the challenges posed by a global economy.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 23, 2003

Intel is planning to step up its work with local governments in order to promote its vision of a connected society. Government leadership has a vital role to play if the region is to meet the challenges posed by a global economy.

"Government is an enabler of change, their leadership is required if the region is to break through and access the rest of the world," says Gilbert Lacroix, president for the Middle East & North Africa, Intel.

"Information technology has an important role to play if the region is to take advantage of free trade and join the global economy. At the moment the region is made up of 22 countries with different procedures, systems and customs. IT is important to breaking down these barriers," he adds.

Intel is hoping to assume an advisory role, as the region continues its IT development. "We're looking to help countries understand how to effectively use IT," says Lacroix.

The processor giant has already been involved in Jordan's e-education programme. The Kingdom is currently connecting all its schools to broadband internet. Intel has been involved with the 'teach the teachers' element of the project.

"We will have trained 1500 teachers by the end of the year," says Lacroix. "We're also helping to localise learning material to make sure it fits in with the local culture. This has required close cooperation with the ministries," he adds.

According to Lacroix, the Jordan model could prove to be a useful case study for other countries in the region.

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