HP to train 100,000 Egyptian workers for ICDL

Agreement with MCIT will see workforce in the health, trade and education sectors benefit from ICDL program

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  November 18, 2008

A joint agreement has been signed by the Egypt Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and HP to train 100,000 of its personnel in the health, trade and education sectors.

These sectors will now benefit from ongoing initiatives that include obtaining an International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) and increasing computer skills to meet global competition.

“The MCIT is committed to carrying out its strategy through its comprehensive program to train young people, graduates and employees in the various government sectors,” said Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

The Ministry purchased the ICDL program from the ECDL/ICDL Foundation to provide the program to all segments of Egyptian society. Their aim is to see 1 million people obtain the ICDL in the next five years, though only 145,000 have been successful so far.

Ken Willet, vice chairman of Hewlett-Packard for North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean Basin revealed that the company hopes “to expand the scope of this cooperation to include more government ministries in Egypt.”

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