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Microsoft and Silatech partner on employment portals

Plans to establish portals to help Arab youth into work, first portal set up in Egypt

Microsoft and Silatech partner on employment portals
Microsoft and Silatech executives held a discussion in Qatar.

Microsoft and Qatar-based social enterprise Silatech have announced plans to build a region-wide series of employment portals, to help the region's youth find jobs.

The pair have already launched a portal for Egypt, Masrworks.com, which offers free careers planning tools, training and job searches, advice and an online community.

The next portal planned for launch will be QatarWorks, which will be aimed at job seekers and employers in Qatar. The Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, a joint initiative of Silatech and Qatar Development Bank, will be the local operating partner for the portal.

Microsoft executives including Akhtar Badshah, Microsoft VP for Community Relations, and Jeffrey Avina, Director of Citizenship and Community Affairs, Microsoft Middle East and Africa, recently met representatives of Silatech and Bedaya, to discuss opportunities for the region. The companies also hosted a roundtable discussion on social entrepreneurship with representatives of three Qatari youth-focused social enterprises.

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