KEC and Wipro sign agreement on IT research

Knowledge Economic City and IT services major Wipro sign MOU to develop technology research at KEC

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 12, 2008

Knowledge Economic City (KEC) and Wipro have signed a memorandum of understanding, to co-operate on IT related R&D at the Al-Madinah-based development.

The MOU, which was signed by Sheikh Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al-Issa, chairman of KEC, and Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, includes the co-development of an IT research facility and the establishment of a Wipro Academy to deliver IT training for KEC.

Sheikh Al-Issa commented: "Wipro are one of the largest IT service providers in the world. They bring with them decades of experience and a work force large enough to provide a full support system to KEC. We will be working together in areas of research and development, as well as establishing a joint education institute for the training of IT professionals."

Bawazir said that Wipro would also use its expertise to support KEC initiatives with the local community.

"Wipro will cooperate with KEC in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives which enhance the local community's IT basic skills. Wipro employs around 85,000 people internationally and have over two decades experience training people; we'll use this expertise in the local market to up-skill the Saudi people," he said.

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