IT leaders announce initiatives in Lebanon

Senior execs from Intel and Cisco highlight accomplishments at Partnership for Lebanon event

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  November 16, 2008

IT leaders Intel and Cisco recently took part in the Partnership for Lebanon (PFL) event, highlighting accomplishments in the country and paving the road ahead with key initiatives.

Partnership for Lebanon is led by five companies – Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, GHAFARI and Occidental Petroleum. It focuses on creating sustaining social and economic growth in the region by providing the right ICT infrastructure, driving employment, connecting communities, skills training and offering crisis relief and response.

Tae Yoo, senior vice-president of Corporate Affairs at Cisco, and Lila Ibrahim, general manager of Emerging Markets at Intel, both attended the event last week to talk about projects planned for the country.

One such initiative, Connected Communities and Business Initiative (CCBI), will use funding of $450,000 to develop eight ‘connected communities’ centers in Lebanon to drive economic development through entrepreneurial spirit.

Cisco, together with Relief International, has also announced details of the Cisco Rural Enterprise Development for Information in Technology (CREDIT) – a program that aims to promote ICT and reduce the digital divide that currently exists between urban and rural areas. A loan of $1 million will be provided to two of Lebanon’s microfinance institutions – Al Majmoua and Ammen – to offer access to capital for the region’s ICT sector.

Cisco, in collaboration with the Hariri Foundation, is also connecting 50 schools to the Ministry of Education for the National Education Network (NEN) initiative. It will help schools share limited resources and promote the development of online teaching materials.

On the medical front, Intel is donating a second telemedicine system to the Saint Georges Hospital in Ashrafieh, which is also linked to a governmental hospital in Kobeiat in the North. It will provide hospitals with real-time video consultation between physicians and the ability to share data and diagnose patients from afar.

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