Microsoft and YAL sign leadership agreement

Microsoft to work with Young Arab Leaders network to promote education and entrepreneurship

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By  Mark Sutton Published  November 4, 2008

Microsoft Gulf and the development network Young Arab Leaders (YAL) has signed an agreement to create a program to foster the next generation of Arab business, public sector and social leaders.

The Youth Empowerment and Development initiative (YED) will aim to give young people in the Arab world training and access to education to help them develop their skills and compete in the knowledge economy.
Microsoft and the YAL will also work to develop guidelines around issues including education, employability and entrepreneurship to increase economic and social prosperity.

The agreement was signed by Assem O Kabesh, CEO of YAL, and Charbel Fakhoury, general manager of Microsoft Gulf.

Kabesh commented: “With the Youth Empowerment and Development, YED, initiative, YAL and Microsoft seek to help Arab youth develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the 21st century workplace. One of the means by which we will achieve this is by facilitating access to the Microsoft Education & Technology platform. This initiative will offer support to participants of all of YAL’s related programs and projects over the next three years.”

Microsoft is participating as part of its Unlimited Potential initiative, its program for social and economic development projects.

Pamela Passman, corporate vice president, Global Corporate Affairs, Microsoft said, “We are delighted to join hands with YAL to develop a program that will allow young men and women in the region to gain insight into the rich, diverse and evolving business environment while gaining the skills they need to compete in today’s knowledge economy.”

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