GIA to train and test employees at centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Published May 10th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

General Information Authority (GIA) has become an accredited International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) centre for training and testing of IT skills.  


The announcement of the new accreditation was made by Tareq Saeed Al Noman, Undersecretary of GIA, under the direction of H.E. Hameed bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Minister of Planning and Head of GIA Consul, with endorsement by their Highnesses and Excellencies on the GIA Board of Directors. 


The ICDL certification program will be available to the UAE government's employees at GIA's headquarters in Abu Dhabi and branch office in Dubai.  


Besides the government employees working in federal ministries and local departments, the two centres will also benefit citizens and educational institutions looking for an internationally recognised certification in computer proficiency. 


GIA urges government departments to evaluate their IT requirements and offers consultancy and training in improving the technology systems and the IT competency of staff from all governmental agencies and federal ministries. 

GIA also provides strategic studies on process automation and IT services to all government departments and ministries. Since its inception in 1982, GIA has trained over 45,000 Emirati working men and women in various fields  

of Information Technology. The ICDL accreditation will assist GIA in moving closer to its objective of creating an IT proficient society.  


"The objective of planning and carrying out IT training projects is one of the main responsibilities of the Training and Research Department at GIA. The department prepares plans, training and qualification programs  

and also offers consultancy and recommendations related to training programs inside the country and abroad," said Tareq Noman, Deputy Manager, GIA. 


"The quality and content of the ICDL program meet our requirements of providing each government employee with certification in basic computer skills. It is important that government employees, as a minimum requirement, are able to use a computer and the basic office applications. This internationally recognised certification will increase efficiency and productivity throughout the federal government and all government departments," said Mohammed Ismail, Director of Training and Research Department, GIA. (

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