• MoU is the first step to establishing Abu Dhabi's cloud infrastructure
  • Agreement signed at GITEX Technology Week 2019
  • Partnership aiming to promote Digital Transformation in Government Sector

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) to train 240 government employees on the latest cloud technologies at GITEX Technology Week, one of the leading events in the Middle East.

The agreement, which will take effect from next week, aims to elevate ADSG's leading educational role in digital transformation across several Abu Dhabi Government institutions. The MoU will align with ADDA's efforts to establish a 'Cloud Centre of Excellence' in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Microsoft, which already provides cloud solutions to over 1 billion users worldwide. The collaboration leverages the important role of cloud computing in IT strategies, providing an opportunity to build upon an efficient computing infrastructure and invest in advancing the expertise of government employees in this field.

The MoU was signed by H.E. Dr Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), and H.E. Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei, Acting Director General of Abu Dhabi School of Government, on the sidelines of GITEX.

H.E. Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei, Acting Director General of ADSG, said: “The government sector in Abu Dhabi is rapidly evolving alongside the eGovernment strategy. Digital transformation has become a pressing requirement for building a sustainable knowledge-based economy to the best international standard. This partnership will be a milestone in the journey to establish enhanced cloud computing infrastructure while increasing the competencies for all of Abu Dhabi’s government employees so that we can implement safer and smarter working techniques.”

Al Mazrouei added: “This collaboration confirms our commitment to adopt the best digital practices, develop human resources, and support our efforts to enhance technical capabilities for all government employees. It will help to establish Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for innovation and technology. We look forward to implementing the world-class training programmes to develop executives who are capable of complementing the UAE’s achievements, realised under the guidance and support of our wise leadership.”

H.E. Dr Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), commented: “Our agreement with ADSG lays the foundation for the Middle East’s first cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi, and our investment in developing human resources will be necessary to ensure the success and sustainability of our infrastructure. Today, cloud computing is a top priority for governments and businesses alike, due to its role in improving productivity and providing quick solutions to the most complex problems. We are confident that ADSG will help promote the digital capabilities for government employees through the world-class training programmes they offer.”

ADSG is already contributing to promoting a knowledge-based economy by investing in e-learning, offering a wide range of professional development and training programmes, in collaboration with 170 universities and educational institutions for more than 60,000 government employees across Abu Dhabi. Additionally, ADSG provides an integrated e-learning system with access to over 3,000 training and development programmes across several fields, including data science, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, health and business management.

ADSG is the entity responsible for developing and overseeing education and development plans for all Abu Dhabi government employees. It aims to strengthen its position as the leading academic destination in the UAE by equipping future leaders and government employees with the principles, skills and behaviours that will enable them to carry out their work to the highest international standards.


About Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG):

ADSG was established in 2018 and is the government entity responsible for overseeing and planning the learning and development of all Abu Dhabi government employees. Its remit is to develop the most effective government workforce for the emirate through the provision of high-quality training and development activities, based on international best practice, while considering the priorities and requirements of Abu Dhabi.

To achieve its mandate of offering a world-class comprehensive learning experience to UAE government employees, ADSG is forging partnerships with the best local and international academic institutions, as well as online educational platforms from around the world.

For more information about Abu Dhabi School of Government, visit www.adsg.gov.abudhabi 

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