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Intel sends auditors inside UAE

INTEL is dispatching a team of investigators to the UAE at the end of this month to audit local assemblers following a similar operation in Egypt that saw a number of assemblers suspended from the chip giant’s partner programme.

UAE inspections are set to take place between November 26 and December 14, giving Intel’s auditing team a three-week window to conduct on-site visits.

According to two local assemblers, Intel has instructed them that the audit will take between three and seven days.

“In the past we were just inspected and they would come over to look at our assembly place and visit the showroom.

But this is the first time that an audit like this has happened,” one Dubai-based PC assembler told IT Weekly’s sister title Channel Middle East.

So far the chipmaker has declined to discuss the reasons for the timing of the audits, the role that local management has to play in them, and details of the other Middle East markets that are to be audited.

If inspectors find that UAE assemblers are not achieving the integration rate targets that are required as part of their membership of the Intel Inside Programme, it is understood the assemblers could be suspended from the programme.

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