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Kuwait to create GCC's largest computer literacy initiative

Central Agency for Information Technology signs agreement to bring ICDL to 300,000 citizens and civil servants

The Kuwaiti Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) has announced that it will introduce ICDL computer literacy programs to government employees and citizens across the country.

CAIT, which is responsible for the development of e-government opportunities and for planning IT skills training for Kuwait, plans to offer ICDL programs to 100,000 government employees and 200,000 citizens over the course of five years.

His Excellence Ali Al-Sharida, general manager of CAIT commented: "This partnership agreement with ICDL is a launching pad for our drive to develop ICT skills capabilities and digital awareness within the government and society. The Kuwaiti Government is committed to raising the performance level by creating suitable initiatives that conquer the digital divide and create a digital society by implementing the ICDL and the e-citizen programs."

"The agency will be overlooking the implementation of the training and execution of the programs at no cost while the ICDL GCC Foundation, as the regional arm of the ECDL Foundation, a not for profit organization, will be responsible for the structuring and the planning for the and hence implementing its mission of creating a social movement to bridge the digital gap by empowering everyone with essential computer skills to realize the benefits of technology," he added.

Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL GCC Foundation which manages the internationally-recognized training programs in the GCC region, said that the decision would create the largest program of its kind in the region.

"The initiative taken constitutes the largest scale digital literacy initiative in the region to date, which will lead to creating a digital society. Kuwait's comprehensive IT skills development program will deliver long-term benefits that will sustain the country's economic development. We believe CAIT's great efforts to bridge the digital divide will open up new opportunities for socioeconomic growth and strengthen the country's labour sector. ICDL GCC Foundation is delighted to assist the country in its quest for progress," Ezzo said.

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