H.E. Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Minister of State for Administrative Development, and Mr. Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft International, launched a new initiative called “Government CIO Academy”. The target of this initiative is to provide world-class education to the Chief Information Officers in all ministries and Governorates. The CIO post is a newly formed position in the government. It is one of the key roles that directly reports to the minister or governor and should provide strategic insight and direction for the use of Information Technology in the favor of the Government priorities.
H.E. Dr. Darwish stated that "The human element is the main driver of the development process in Egypt and in order to cope with the fast growing technology, there must be human cadres capable of adapting communications and information technology to serve development, and we have a successful experience with Microsoft Corp. in the 'Government Leaders Academy (GLA)' which has been executed in cooperation with National Institute for Management for the past few years."
On the other hand, Mr. Ayman Abdellatif, General Manager of Microsoft, Egypt, said "We live in an era where supporting the right decision at the right time depends on information technology. Therefore, it became extremely important to provide the information and analysis which assists decision makers, and I'm happy to participate in this great venture and cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Development to provide training on a global level in this area, an extension of Microsoft's participation in several major projects with the government to serve the society and the Egyptian citizens."
The “Government CIO Academy” will be delivered through the National Management Institute (NMI), and will be a main pillar in building the right capacity for the newly hired CIOs in different government units. The CIO Academy is designed to be an integrated set of services, materials and supporting infrastructure which aim to give government officials the necessary tools to define, implement and evaluate policies, regulations and projects dependent upon ICT.
While the training fields are technology based, the program is designed to deliver not only technical training, but combines a number of different management disciplines to give the practitioner all the necessary skills to successfully manage the technology issues. Topics covered will include Privacy, Digital Identity, Innovation, IPR, Search, Digital Archiving, Interoperability, Standardisation, Digital Inclusion, Accessibility, Governance, Architecture and Procurement.