GOVERNMENT AND CISCO SIGNED AGREEMENT FOR THE DIGITAL INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF COLOMBIA
“Cisco will support their efforts to bring digital innovation to education, health and government services,” said Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Government Strategy Officer Michael Timmeny, who met with President Ivan Duque at the company’s headquarters
San Jose, California (USA), May 8, 2019.
The Colombian Government and the company Cisco signed today a memorandum of understanding on innovation, entrepreneurship and cybersecurity, to promote the country’s digital transformation, the modernization of government institutions, secure connectivity and the country’s competitiveness.
The agreement was signed during the visit of President Ivan Duque to the Cisco headquarters in San Jose (California, USA), where he met with the company’s management, led by Senior Vice President and Chief Government Strategy Officer, Michael Timmeny.
“Cisco will support their efforts to bring digital innovation to education, health and government services,” said Timmeny, adding that the agreement will contribute to the priorities of the National Development Plan.
He explained that the agreement is part of the Country Digital Acceleration program developed by the company, and highlighted that Colombia will be the new beneficiary country, in addition to Canada, where Cisco advises the Government on innovation in artificial intelligence, and Mexico, where it collaborates in telemedicine plans.
“Cisco will be a partner of your administration, Mr. President, and will gather the industry to advance in the digital transformation focused on your national priorities,” said the executive.
Michael Timmeny recalled the recent opening in Medellin of the first Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a Spanish-speaking country.
The Vice President of the computer giant also announced that they will support Colombia in creating access opportunities for Colombians in the area of cybersecurity, to innovate and have better practices.
“We are very honored with your visit. Thanks for being our partner,” said Timmeny.
The company explained that the memorandum of understanding will bring to Colombia the benefits of technology in the digital economy.
They specified that the innovation component of this agreement will focus on the public, private and academic sectors of Colombia, supporting education, health and government services to facilitate a dynamic collaboration ecosystem.
In terms of entrepreneurship and digital skills, Cisco will expand the reach of the Cisco Networking Academy –its leading social responsibility program in education– offering lectures and content on entrepreneurship, cybersecurity and the Fourth Industrial Revolution to nearly 10,000 Colombians.
And in terms of cybersecurity, it will offer its knowledge, technological solutions and best practices to support the Colombian Government in these types of initiatives.
News piece taken from https://id.presidencia.gov.co