SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that one of the worldwide leaders in networking for the Internet, Cisco Systems, has joined its membership, which includes some of the largest telecoms groups, global telecommunications and wireless technology providers, Internet companies, knowledge contributors, as well as public-sector entities.
Having become a member of the SAMENA Council, Cisco Systems will be able to leverage the Council's regional and international reach as well as advocacy support programs, which are designed to promote digitization in the region, encourage investment in broadband infrastructure, approach regulatory and industry governance matters from transparent and consensus-driven perspectives, and to enable close communication among all the stakeholders.
Bocar A. BA, CEO at SAMENA Telecommunications Council, said: "Cisco's decision to join SAMENA Council is a strategic decision for both organisations, especially given the myriad of industry issues that require collective resourcefulness of all players of the industry. Similar to SAMENA Council's mandate of carrying out work in support of the communications industry through collaboration and by expanding possibilities of new cooperation, Cisco Systems is also committed to creating and fostering a diverse, innovative, and collaborative environment. Such similarity in aims can be a catalyst for making positive contributions and inspiring further collaboration within our industry not only on technology but policy matters as well."
“Cisco's decision to become a member of the SAMENA Council is a reflection of our commitment to collaborating with other global technology providers, governments and policy bodies to digitally transform South East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa driving growth and enhance social and economic well-being, said Pastora Valero, Head of Government Affairs, Cisco Systems EMEAR.
“We believe that technology and education are the two great equalizers in life. Digitization, if harnessed by both the private and public sectors, can allow the regions supported by SAMENA to position themselves as leading developing economies,” she added.