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Our commitment in the region is long term: Cisco Africa

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by Trust Matsilele 0

Through its networking academies Cisco has trained about 70 000 students in Africa. PHOTO: UFH

An estimated 30 per cent of the total figure of students who have passed through the information technology giant’s training academies is comprised of females.

Cisco Africa’s vice president, David Meads, noted that ICTs skills are critical for leveraging growth in the continent’s development agenda.

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“These skills can be employed in government priorities like through e-agriculture, e-health and e-education taking that five per cent growth in Africa further,” he noted on the side-lines of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

Cisco partners with governments and non-governmental organisations, schools, and universities in helping build up technology skills base.

“It’s about leveraging and unlocking the skills in innovation across the whole continent whether it is about judging the agenda through education, healthcare, safety and security.”

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“Cisco manages its innovations through centres in the United States and we are venturing now into India and Israel. Our long term commitment to the emerging markets across the world not only in Africa is resolute,” he added.

Rwanda is cited as one of the countries that has embraced technology in her developmental projects with a success.

“Cynical reports suggests that a 10 per cent penetration can have a minimum of a point five increase in a country’s gross domestic product up to 1.3 per cent,” Meads noted.

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The average gross domestic product of the continent is estimated at five per cent and growing.

“There is no doubt that the opportunity to leverage and tap into that growth potential by partnering with governments through our networking academies could be the best opportunity we have.”  

Meads added that there is no doubt that technology can have a huge impact in accelerating development.

“There is a direct correlation between broadband penetration and how that impacts positively to the gross domestic product.” 

BY TRUST MATSILELE

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