Emirates News Agency – UAE government promotes collaboration with global companies to drive digital transformation and development
DUBAI, 5th October, 2022 (WAM) — The Office of the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications has signed with Cisco, a global leader in networking, collaboration and cybersecurity, a collaborative framework expanding Cisco’s National Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in the UAE.
The MoU aims to improve working models between government entities and private companies (PPTs) by designing and launching several key initiatives enhancing the UAE’s digital transformation vision and accelerating the development of the digital economy of the country.
The signing of the MoU took place in the presence of Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications; and Reem Asaad, vice president, Middle East and Africa at Cisco. The MoU was signed by Saqr bin Ghalib, Executive Director of the Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office, and Abdelilah Nejjari, General Manager for the Gulf Region at Cisco.
Commenting on the collaboration, Al-Olama highlighted the UAE government’s desire to enhance and promote PPTs with leading companies around the world, saying, “Driving collaborations with the private sector is the one of the main pillars to execute the UAE’s strategy in the development of the digital sector, which aims to double the contribution of the digital economy to the country’s non-oil GDP by 2031 and create a proactive leading future. “
He said: “To strengthen the UAE’s position as a hub for the digital economy in the region and globally, we need to focus on key areas. These pillars cover harnessing the power of emerging technologies in key industries, promoting digital skills and talents and adopting approaches in work models in alignment with prioritizing well-being in the UAE.Our goal is to boost the digital journey of the UAE united, which will be conducted in such a way that privacy and safety come first.”
Cisco’s CDA program is aligned with the UAE’s national agenda to transform the country’s economic model towards sustainable growth by transitioning to a digital economy. It aims to support digitization efforts in various key industry sectors, foster digital skills and develop the innovation ecosystem in the country to achieve the UAE’s 2071 Centenary Vision for digital transformation.
Asaad, in turn, said, “The UAE’s visionary leadership is enabling the country to become one of the most prosperous nations by pioneering the new digital age. With Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program, I’m proud that Cisco has the opportunity to support the UAE’s national agenda by unlocking the value of digitalization. Today’s announcement is another key milestone in our journey with the UAE government to drive the entire innovation ecosystem to extract maximum value from digitalization.”
The MoU focuses on digital acceleration for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) through advanced technologies that improve competitiveness and efficiency; paving the way for new work environments in key sectors such as healthcare, education and public services, while leveraging the power of hybrid working to improve productivity and the experience; and developing skills and establishing national training programs to meet the future challenges of a digital workforce. For this, Cisco will rely on its proven program Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad).
Furthermore, it aims to advance national digital infrastructure to support foundational services needed by the UAE to accelerate its digital transformation, such as smart cities and cybersecurity roadmaps; Advanced field operations by leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies to help transform critical national infrastructure by advancing network automation, monitoring, control, safety and security capabilities; and improve digital security in the UAE by collaborating with stakeholders at the federal level and across critical national infrastructure.
The Cisco CDA program was launched in the United Arab Emirates in 2018 to accelerate digital transformation, drive innovation, and drive digital skills development. Since its inception, more than 15 projects have been implemented under the program. Key initiatives included building an advanced teleconsultation services platform for a local healthcare provider, an AI-enabled smart classroom project with a leading university, and the first physical concept store and digital fully functional in the region.
The Cisco CDA program is a strategic partnership with governments around the world to accelerate their national digitization programs and create new value for the country, its businesses, and its citizens.