More than 2,000 ICT professionals from across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia will gather in Bahrain next week for the start of Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010, which runs from 28 – 31st March 2010 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The industry-accredited event, developed in collaboration with the government of Bahrain and with the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, The Crown Prince, marks the first Cisco Networkers event hosted in the Middle East.
Commenting on Cisco Networkers debut in the Middle East, Kamal Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), said: “The launch of the first Cisco Networkers event in the Middle East is significant for the region, and we are privileged to be hosting such important speakers in Bahrain to talk about the long term strategic opportunities in ICT. The trillion dollarGulf market and wider MENA region provide strong growth opportunities for the ICT sector. The theme of the event - Knowledge is Power - is consistent with Bahrain’s long recognition of ICT not just as an important sector in its own right but as an enabler of continued economic growth, modernisation and competitiveness.”
Bahrain boasts the Middle East’s most liberal and advanced ICT infrastructure and policies. Last week, Bahrain climbed eight places – the highest rise of any GCC country – in the Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010, produced by the World Economic Forum in cooperation with INSEAD. The Kingdom’s position as 29th out of 133 economies worldwide indicates a commitment to ICT both as a sector and an infrastructure to enable further business growth. Earlier this year, Bahrain was ranked first in the Middle East and 13th out of 192 countries worldwide in the 2010 United Nations Global e-Government Readiness Survey.
Duncan Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Cisco Emerging Markets East, said: “This year’s Cisco Networkers Bahrain, the first to be held in the Middle East, represents a key milestone for Cisco in terms of furthering its commitment and ongoing investment in the region. We sincerely believe that the investment that Cisco, our Partners, the Kingdom of Bahrain and each of the attendees makes will be recognised as a catalyst for change. Our aspiration is that we will inspire, motivate and educate; demonstrating how ICT can bring enhanced value to organisations and nations and how to stay competitive in today’s dynamic economy.”
Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010 will provide education and training to ICT professionals through compelling forums with in-depth technical demonstrations, networking opportunities and glimpses of current and future ICT trends. The event will also include an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding companies that embrace innovation in business and technology.