ICTs and microelectronics get boost in UAE
The United Arab Emirates's (UAE) high-tech sector got a double boost last month with the creation of a multi-million dollar fund for information and communication technology (ICT) development, and news that a microelectronics training academy will open in November.
The announcements came in the same week that the UAE was ranked highest among developing countries in the World Economic Forum's 2005 technology index.
According to the 28 September edition of the Alittihad newspaper, the UAE's Supreme Committee for the Supervision of the Telecommunications Sector has approved the ICT fund.
"This is the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East," Mohammad Nasser Al Ganem, director-general of UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority told the paper. "It will give us the opportunity to partner with educational institutions both for applied research and for developing technical talent here in the UAE."
The academy will provide certified training programmes for people starting their careers as well as those who want to keep up to date with their field, he said.