Over 1,000 leaders from business, government, civil society and media from 62 countries participated in the WEF Summit for Middle East and North Africa that took place in the beautiful and mystical city of Marrakech, Morocco at the end of October this year.
Delegates from Cisco participated actively in this year’s Forum that carried the theme “Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity”. And participants discussed ideas, thoughts and experiences on how to improve integration and collaboration across the region and how to address the improvement of education and infrastructure to boost and drive economic prosperity.
With 360 million people in the Middle East, most of them youth, majority of delegates agreed that there is an urgent need to revisit current education, infrastructure and heath care services and explore how and where technology can play a key role in improving them. Cisco’s delegation, lead by Yvon Le Roux, was perfectly aligned around these same topics and the critical role that the network and communications technology play to transform the future of the region.
During the event we participated in key discussions in both public and private sessions. Cisco’s delegation participated in the “Technology and Competitiveness” session that discussed broadband penetration, market regulation, business opportunities and how to make connectivity widely available in the region. Cisco delegates also took part in the Driving Healthcare Through Technology” session and on the Education Summit.
Executives from Cisco’s delegation give their perspective on the major themes raised at WEF MENA 2010:
Yvon Le Roux, vice president Cisco Africa and Levant
Fadi Moubarak, Cisco manager for Lebanon, Iraq and Syria
Wayne Hill, Cisco’s general manager for United Arab Emirates, UAE
Anthony Vonsee, General Manager Cisco in North Africa and Levant