Cisco will launch 10 Digital Transformation Centers (DTC) in the first phase located in Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
The Digital Transformation Centre Initiative will run for 18 months starting January 2020 and will equip people with the skills needed to effectively participate in today’s digital society and economy.The Initiative was launched at ITU Telecom World, ITU and Cisco will work with a network of institutions to run digital skills training programmes in specific tech areas.
This initiative targets people who need basic digital skills to use digital tools and access e-services and those who seek to enhance their basic and intermediate skills. It also targets entrepreneurs who wish to develop their businesses and it assists policy-makers in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes related to digital skills, with the overall objective of enabling a successful national digital transformation process.
“We are proud to partner with Cisco to enhance digital literacy,” says ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
“We call on governments, the private sector, development agencies, local communities and other stakeholders to help us advance this initiative. Join us to boost digital skills to facilitate the digital transformation journey and accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” added Zhao.
“We are excited to partner with ITU on the Digital Transformation Center Initiative which will leverage the Cisco Networking Academy to prepare individuals with skills in technology as well as in entrepreneurial areas where project-based learning and design thinking are critical,” says Laura Quintana, Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Networking Academy.
“Cisco’s objective is to help countries transform digitally and accelerate economic growth, and the collaboration between Cisco and ITU will be key to providing the needed human capital to support that transformation,” added Quintana.
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau said, “The Digital Transformation Centers Initiative is designed to strengthen the effectiveness of current activities in the field of capacity development by providing training programmes to meet and address local needs, and address technology trends, developments and gaps. It is also a step forward to help our membership implement their regional initiatives in this field.”
The Digital Transformation Centers Initiative will complement the ILO-ITU Digital Skills for Jobs Campaign, which is part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, and will directly contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
It will also complement the existing work of the ITU Centres of Excellence network, which provides training to ICT professionals as well as the existing ITU efforts in enabling digital transformation and national and regional levels.