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ICDL GCC Foundation to expand, rebrand

New ICDL Arabia entity will manage ICDL for Egypt, Iraq and GCC states

ICDL GCC Foundation to expand, rebrand
Jamil Ezzo will be director general of the new ICDL Arabia.

The GCC arm of the ICDL Foundation is to expand its remit to include Egypt and relaunch under the name ICDL Arabia.

The move will see the ICDL GCC Foundation add Egypt to its existing activities in the GCC and Iraq, under the new name. The ICDL GCC and the ECDL Foundation, the global governing body of the ICDL program, said that the move would create a single identifiable brand thereby resulting in greater brand uniformity, increased visibility and a more consolidated ICDL presence in the region.

The International Computer Driving Licence training program has been delivered to more than two million candidates across the region making it by far the largest and most successful ICT skills certification program in the region.

Jamil Ezzo, who was first appointed as Director General for the ICDL GCC Foundation in 2004, has been named as ICDL Arabia's new Director General.

Ezzo said: "I am truly humbled and honoured to be named as the Director General for ICDL Arabia. The launch of this new initiative complements ICDL's vision of spreading computer literacy and promoting online safety among citizens around the world. Moreover, ICDL Arabia will deliver substantial and sustainable benefits and advantages to the GCC region primarily in the area of providing digital skills that will prepare individuals for the 21st century workplace. We look forward to working closely with our partners and stakeholders to help extend our reach and further promote the ICDL program across the region."

The change will take effect from 1st September, 2014, and partners that are affected by this shift will be kept fully informed as to progress over the coming months, ICDL GCC said. The new, expanded ICDL Arabia will be responsible for more than 860 accredited centers across the region as well as a wide range of key partnerships with government organisations and private sector partners.

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