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Getting Kenya Connected

In a modest building of less than 400 square feet known as the Blossom World cybercafé in Kangundo, a small town of 10,000 in Kenya, a non commercial,  public-private collaboration between the Kenya ICT Board and Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) launched the Pasha centres.   The center is designed to model a community-focused format that will be self-sufficient by using technology in the form of a Web 2.0 collaborative online platform for the Digital Village Pasha Program led by the board.

This initiative falls under the Kenya ICT Board’s Digital Villages Project (DVP) also known as “Pasha Centres.”  The overall goal is to enhance the livelihoods of local citizens and encourage new micro-enterprises by providing access to information, education and new markets. 

Pasha Centre

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Slovak students test their IT muscle

Slovakia’s first national IT Fitness Test was launched earlier this month. Over the next weeks, students from over 830 secondary schools, colleges and universities will put to test their IT knowledge, digital literacy and skills in computers and networks.

The test is organized by the Slovak Ministry of Education and the IT Association as part of the e-Skills Week initiative of the European Commission. Cisco Slovakia and several other organizations have joined as supporters and Frantisek Jakab, Cisco Networking Academy manager is leading the IT Fitness Test project and acts as chairman of the Testing Committee.

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Cisco’s Take on Emerging Economies during WEF in Davos, Switzerland

In case you missed these on our main ‘the Platform’ blog, some interesting insights on the role of emerging markets within the global economic environment came out of our presence at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland over the weekend. 

Firstly Paul Mountford, Cisco’s president for Emerging Markets outlined the differences between the somewhat gloomy atmosphere last year and a more upbeat focus on rebuilding, redesigning and rethinking this year.

Cisco CEO John Chambers also addressed the broad question of growth in emerging markets in an interview with Mario Bartiromo on CNBC during WEF.    Based on his discussions with leadership in China, India and 5 leaders in the Middle East that he met with last week ahead of his visit to Davos, Chambers talks about his view that emerging markets are poised to come back in a big way. 

CNBC writes: “Most of the global economies have stabilized,” John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, said. “Here in Davos, the mood is much more positive than a year ago, especially for the technology companies. And that’s natural because when economies start to recover, you apply first technology – get your productivity up – then you add jobs.

You can watch John’s response here directly on CNBC’s website here

What’s your view?  Are emerging markets coming back in a big way?

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Cisco’s team in Russia takes the plunge

On January 19, Andrey Kharitonov, Alexey Lukatsky, Oleg Snigirev, Sergey Timofeev and Vasily Tomilin from Cisco’s Moscow office joined some 30 thousand Muscovites  to celebrate Epiphany in a centuries-old tradition. 

Like many other Russian Orthodox followers they braved the chill, typical for this time of the year (less than 2 degrees Farhenheit), and took a swim in a hole cut in the ice covering the Moscow river. 

 

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Making A Difference: Cisco Volunteers Develop Local Talent in Sohar, Oman

Our goal was to showcase the important role information and communication technologies play in driving societies towards innovation and achieving economic growth and prosperity.

A global team of 27 Cisco volunteers came together in Sohar, Oman, with Fast Lane, a Cisco Learning Partner, to promote discussions on how ICT training can facilitate the transformation of Oman’s society by developing and empowering Omani youth; the main source for local IT talent.

Business Outreach: Setting the Course

Cisco’s Middle East Employee Resource Group brings together employees who want to enhance their careers, support the community, and grow the business by facilitating business partnerships between Cisco and the community.  As part of the Business Outreach Program, they were part of a global team representing employees in Dubai, Egypt, KSA, Lebanon, Belgium and the US. 

They started this journey by agreeing to deliver a pilot training program to college and high school students with the objective of:

  • Increasing technology awareness,
  • Enhancing technical and business skills for local workforce development, and
  • Focusing on philanthropic and community outreach

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