Cisco signs with UAE TRA for Country Digital Acceleration

MoU formalises UAE participation in Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration program

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Cisco signs with UAE TRA for Country Digital Acceleration Robbins: Cisco is proud to support the UAE's efforts to transform into a digital economy.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 25, 2018

Cisco has signed an agreement with the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to support the country's digital transformation.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will support Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in the UAE, a global initiative by Cisco to work closely with selected governments to support them in digital adoption.

Under the framework of the MoU, TRA and Cisco selected specific focus areas, in line with the UAE's national priorities.  These are key contributors to the UAE economy and include smart & lean government, tourism, smart districts, trade and logistics, healthcare and energy. Cisco will work with the TRA to develop technology projects and demonstrate the value of digital adoption in these areas. The aim will be to realise the benefits of wider digital adoption for the UAE's citizens and the UAE's growing economy.

To help accelerate digital transformation in these key sectors, TRA and Cisco plan to work on several key initiatives. These include talent development through the Cisco Networking Academy program, which supports students in acquiring ICT skills; business support in key development areas; and support for building national digital infrastructure and cybersecurity capabilities.

"Developing the UAE's digital infrastructure is one of the government's major drives. It is closely aligned with the leadership's directives to provide a favourable environment for technological development that enables future solutions, while contributing to the objectives of the national agenda and the UAE Vision 2021," said Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA's Director General.

The CDA is a three-year program, which aim to support national digitisation agendas through investment and collaboration. Cisco had 17 such CDA's at the start of this year.

Chuck Robbins, CEO and Chairman of Cisco commented: "Cisco is proud to support the UAE's efforts to transform into a digital economy. Working together, we will help create an ecosystem for innovation and job creation, and we look forward to many more years of cooperation and collaboration."

"The UAE's Vision 2021 connects digital transformation and technology innovation to outcomes that are truly relevant for society, such quality of life and happiness. At Cisco, we are proud to work with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and contribute to the acceleration of the UAE's national digitization plans. We are confident that our cooperation will result in world class references for digital innovation," said Shukri Eid, Managing Director - East Region, Cisco Middle East.

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