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Cisco and Tamkeen Technologies Sign a Collaborative Memorandum of Understanding

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, 26 October 2014: Cisco announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tamkeen Technologies.

Actively involved in delivering Information Technology services, Tamkeen Technologies will be primarily focused on aligning its ICT strategy objectives with Cisco Group's advanced technologies. Working closely with Cisco, Tamkeen Technologies’ goal is to leverage strategic partnerships to focus on building ICT skills and talent locally as well as and adopt specialist technology capabilities.

Tamkeen formed in 2013 under the jurisdiction of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Labor and Chairman of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Adel Al Faqih. It was established in partnership between Takamol Company for holding business services and Human Resources Development Fund in order to enable it to work as the IT service provider for different government entities in the Kingdom. The company is embracing cloud services not only to achieve cost savings, but even more importantly, to support business agility and achieve significant benefits. Within the MoU framework under Cisco and Tamkeen Technologies will identify business and productivity enablers to help achieve their joint goal of delivering the latest technology solutions including Cloud services and solutions to different government entities in the kingdom to help streamline efficiencies and reduce operational costs. Tamkeen Technologies will work with Cisco to help build ICT skills and talent by creating and Internship program for its employees. Candidates will gain privileged access to Cisco Business Groups for regular technology updates focused on technology architectures in the Information Technology field.

“This MoU with Cisco is a major milestone in our already well-established and strong relationship and will help us to jointly achieve our goal to deliver highly valued and innovative IT solutions to the Government sector. Furthermore, the Saudi government is already making a significant investment and effort not only to improve IT literacy in the Kingdom but also to encourage investment in ICT and development of skills for Saudi talents. We are committed to support job creation by building ICT skills and talent as well as creating the opportunities to use those skills and our Internship Program will be a great start towards achieving this goal.” commented CEO at Tamkeen Technologies, Mr. Ayman Abo Abah.

Chuck Robbins, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, Cisco Systems, added: “We are honored to partner with Tamkeen Technologies throughout this pivotal time of transformation for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our joint vision to build and develop a strong ICT local talent base through cloud-enabled services will allow local companies to meet the evolving needs of their customers. A dynamic talent ecosystem will be the foundation for growth and innovation in the era of the Internet of Everything. I commend Tamkeen Technologies for their visionary leadership and setting the benchmark for enabling excellence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Tamkeen Technologies is A Saudi Company owned by multiple government and private sectors to serve the IT needs of the market focused on labor market as the preferred government choice. It’s meant to be the main provider of labor market services, and key player in the Saudi IT market.

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