Smart Village-based Institution will Train Thousands of Country’s Future Knowledge Workers
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Dubai, United Arab Emirates — June 8, 2008 — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the Egyptian Government will soon inaugurate the Middle East region’s first SAP Academy, in a bid to accelerate the country’s shift toward a service-based, knowledge economy, with an emphasis on developing an educated, skilled workforce.
The SAP Academy will be located in Cairo’s Smart Village IT cluster, and it will serve an estimated capacity of 500 students, with a majority of the students expected to be existing government employees.
“SAP’s experience in public sector solutions is well documented. We expect Egypt’s adoption of SAP to greatly enhance our ability to transform the way our government operates” said H.E Dr. Tarek Kamal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
In November of 2007, SAP announced that the Egyptian government had selected SAP as its strategic IT provider for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and agreed to a comprehensive memorandum of understanding binding the two parties to a multi-million dollar five-year agreement beginning 2008 with a four-year deal with Egyptian National Postal Organization (ENPO). Both parties also agreed to establish a partnership for a certified SAP customer support center in Egypt in an effort to boost job creation.
Egypt’s Minister for Communications and Information and Technology said at the time that the effective deployment of information technology remains essential to the Egyptian government’s national development strategy, and that by joining forces with SAP, the Egyptian government is enhancing competitiveness and economic opportunities.
“The SAP Academy in Cairo’s Smart Village will play a crucial role in driving Egypt’s modernization efforts, and we intend to partner with Egypt every step of the way,” said Léo Apotheker, deputy CEO, SAP AG.
About Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)
MCIT responsibilities range from planning, decision making, on-going research and development in state-of-the-art technologies in topics of interest and special training programs to increase the caliber in ICT-related fields.
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