Tuesday, March 12, 2013

US tech firm to provide training in Myanmar


Tuesday, 12 March 2013 18:10 Mizzima News

US communications giant Cisco has announced that it will collaborate with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish two networking academies to train Myanmar people for work in the IT industry.

"Cisco has a long track record of supporting the development of emerging economies through education, and the Cisco Networking Academy program will equip students in Burma [Myanmar] with industry relevant skills for the 21st century workforce, as they transform their country and their communities,” said Sandy Walsh, regional director of Cisco’s Social Innovation Group, in a statement.

The tech company said it has frequently collaborated with USAID on training projects like this and the announcement comes following a visit by a USAID delegation to Myanmar last week. During the visit, USAID administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah emphasized the importance of information and communications technology to expand economic opportunities in developing countries.

Cisco will donate equipment for labs and provide training for 15 staff to support the program.
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