ictQATAR signs on with ICDL for digital literacy

Qatar IT authority renews agreement with ICDL GCC to drive IT literacy certification to 33,000 government employees

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ictQATAR signs on with ICDL for digital literacy The agreement will help Qatar to further its digital literacy aims, says Ezzo. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 2, 2009

ictQATAR has renewed its MOU with the ICDL GCC Foundation to promote computer skills and awareness of digital services to the population of Qatar.

The two organisations have signed a new three year agreement aimed at promoting digital literacy among government employees and the general public.

The new MOU has the specific aim of delivering ICDL certification programs to 33,400 civil servants in various Ministries, and education professionals by 2012. The program aims to build on the 17,000 government employees who have already taken part in ICDL programs in the country.

Reem Al-Mansoori, e-Inclusion Manager at ictQATAR commented: "ictQATAR is committed to raising the performance level of the government employees to enhance productivity, efficiency and flexibility in the delivery of government."

The new MOU will also focus on delivering an e-Citizen program, to help residents to understand and use eGovernment services, with the overall aim of improving the country's e-Governance Readiness Index.

The e-Citizen program will include awareness campaigns that will target different groups and social organisations, with a range of information around areas such as IT Literacy, online safety and so on.

Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL GCC Foundation, said: "We are happy to renew our 2006 agreement with ictQatar, this step takes Qatar further towards digital literacy and an automated economy, thus making computer skills essential in work environments and across various economic activities. IT proficiency is being increasingly viewed as a necessary means to improve standards of living as well.

"These factors continue to encourage us to strengthen our partnerships with governments in the Gulf so that we can promote digital knowledge across all sections of society," he added.

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