US-based Cisco to expand its Country Digital Acceleration program in UAE

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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UAE’s office of the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with American multinational technology company Cisco in order to expand Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in the Emirates.

Cisco’s CDA program is aligned with the national agenda of the UAE to transform the country’s economic model towards sustainable growth by transitioning towards a digital economy.

According to the statement, it aims at supporting digitization efforts across various key industry sectors, fostering digital skills, and developing the innovation ecosystem in the country to achieve the UAE Centennial 2071 vision of digital transformation.

Omar Sultan Al Olama
Omar Sultan Al Olama
UAE Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy & Remote Work Applications

“To enhance the UAE’s position as a hub for the digital economy in the region and globally, we must focus on key areas. These pillars cover harnessing the power of emerging technologies across key industries, fostering digital skills and talents, and embracing innovative approaches in work models in alignment with the prioritization of wellbeing in the UAE. Our objective is to boost the UAE’s digital journey, which will be driven in such a way that privacy and security come first.”

The MoU aims to enhance work models between government entities and private companies (PPT) by designing and launching several key initiatives boosting the UAE’s digital transformation vision and accelerating the development of the nation’s digital economy.

Further, the MoU focuses on digital acceleration for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through cutting-edge technologies that improve competitiveness and efficiency, paving the way for new work environments across key industries such as healthcare, education, and public services.

Ms. Reem Asaad, Vice President, Middle East, and Africa at Cisco stated that, “The UAE’s visionary leadership is empowering the country to become one of the most prosperous nations by pioneering in the new digital era. With Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program, I am proud that Cisco has the opportunity to support the UAE’s national agenda by unlocking the value of digitization.”

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