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Cisco CEO visits Saudi Arabia

John Chambers held meetings with government officials and business partners

Chambers discussed Cisco's commitment to economic development in the Kingdom.
Chambers discussed Cisco's commitment to economic development in the Kingdom.

John Chambers, chairman and CEO visited Saudi Arabia today, to hold meetings with Saudi Government officials and strategic business partners in the Kingdom.

Chambers, who is Executive Country sponsor for Saudi, and has been a regular visitor to the country, was expected to discuss Cisco's commitment to the Kingdom and to projects with local organisations and government to drive development in key verticals including information communications technology (ICT) energy, critical national infrastructure, healthcare, defence and national security, and the service provider market.

In a press statement, Chambers said he was "very encouraged by the technology advances that have taken place since my last visit" and praised Cisco's team in the region.

"As more devices and people are connected on the network, we will continue to innovate and transform our business to meet the demands of our customers in Saudi Arabia. Business leaders in the Kingdom today want partners who can guide them through change and help shape their organizations for the future. The question high on their agenda's is how can all this connectivity help me grow my business, deliver better services and experiences, and open up new possibilities?  The Internet of Everything will transform the way we live, work, and play and learn, and Cisco is right at the centre."

Dr Tarig Enaya, managing director, Cisco, Saudi Arabia, added: "The meetings that Mr Chambers is hosting with some of the leading business leaders in the Kingdom will yield some useful discussions that will help define our agenda for the Kingdom for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.  Both Cisco and our strategic partners in Saudi Arabia are ready and willing to embrace the change that the next phase of the Internet will bring. I look forward to announcing some key new developments from Cisco here in Saudi Arabia that will help shape this change in the very near future."