Jordan and Microsoft sign an ‘enterprise licensing agreement’

The government of Jordan has signed an ‘enterprise licensing agreement’ with Microsoft under which the software vendor will invest expertise, training and other resources to co-develop projects in partnership with Jordan's e-government programme.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  January 29, 2004

The Kingdom of Jordan has disclosed plans of signing an ‘enterprise licensing agreement’ with Microsoft as part of it's drive to modernise government e-services. “The accord is a part of the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) signed between Jordan and Microsoft in october 2003 to develop e-government, e-learning and the information technology (IT) industry,” says Fawaz Zohbi, Jordan's minister of information and communication technology. “Microsoft and Jordan are now working together to elevate their strategic partnership to a new level that focuses on new investment opportunities and cooperation for joint projects across the region”. Under the terms of the FPA, Microsoft will invest expertise, training and other resources to co-develop projects in partnership with Jordan's e-government programme. “The partnership accord and ‘the enterprise licensing agreement’ also serve our overall strategy for the modernisation of government services through capacity building and joint investment in government e-services,” adds Zohbi. Microsoft East Mediterranean (a regional division of Microsoft), which covers Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and Malta and Microsoft Egypt, worked on the agreement. While further details of the deal and the money involved were not available, the move is believed to be a part of Microsoft’s ongoing initiatives to work closer with regional governments. Earlier this week, the US$35 billion software vendor signed a Government Security Program (GSP) agreement with the Kingdom of Bahrain, which provides the government of Bahrain access to Windows source code as well as detailed operating system technical information to increase IT security and support. “The accord will bolster cooperation between her firm and Jordan and help support IT and communication technology skills in the kingdom,” says Maggie Wilderotter, senior vice president for business strategy, Microsoft.

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