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GBM and Oman IT Authority to support SMEs

Pair sign MoU to develop programs to train graduates for IT careers

GBM and Oman IT Authority to support SMEs
(l-r): Christopher Lloyd, Oman Country General Manager and Dr Salim Al Ruzaiqi, ITA CEO.

Gulf Business Machines (GBM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oman Information Technology Authority (ITA) to support the SME sector in Oman.

Under the terms of the MoU, the two organisations will collaborate on educational programs for graduates, to provide them with skills and experience to enable them to join the IT industry. The programs will focus on skills which are in short supply, such as cloud, security and big data.

GBM and ITA will also work with public and private sector organisations to provide interns with access to project based work opportunities, professional business networks and career counseling.

"At ITA, we are aware that students, fresh graduates and young talent are tomorrow's leaders, and that preparing them for the increasingly competitive business and professional world is vital," said Dr Salim Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA. "We are positive our collaboration with GBM will allow us to help accelerate the readiness of Oman's future workforce and alleviate IT skill availability issues locally and regionally."

"Initiatives we create through this partnership will provide Omani interns with the skills and experience needed to be competitive regionally and globally in the high demand areas such as Cloud, Security and Big Data," said Christopher Lloyd, Country General Manager, GBM Oman. "Our partnership demonstrates GBM's support of Oman Government initiatives, and particularly Omanization and SME enablement. We are honoured to be working with ITA on the development of SMEs and students in the region, preparing them to add value locally and compete globally."

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