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Local ICT companies share success stories with Microsoft’s senior Vice President of business strategy at int@j’s power breakfast

In an attempt to honor Microsoft’s Senior Vice president of Business Strategy, Ms. Maggie Wilderotter’s visit to Jordan, the Information Technology Association of Jordan – int@j and Microsoft - East Med held a power breakfast under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Fawaz H. Zu’bi, Minister of ICT.

The breakfast featured three presentations from local companies in the ICT industry whom highlighted their success stories, namely: Jordan Telecom, Maktoob, and Integrated Technology Group.

Ms. Wilderotter’s visit to Jordan is a result of the Government of Jordan signing an enterprise agreement with Microsoft. “Microsoft and the Government of Jordan are now working together to elevate their strategic partnership to a new level; one that focuses on new investment opportunities and on cooperation for joint projects across the region,” stated HE Dr. Fawaz Zu’bi

Following a welcoming remark by int@j Chairman Mr. Marwan Juma, Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Luc Savage presented a video presentation of Jordan Telecom’s latest achievements. During the presentation, Mr. Savage highlighted Jordan Telecom’s extensive preparations to launch Integrated Multimedia Service Platform (IMSP) in Jordan. IMSP is an integration of image and sound services through a user-friendly interface, both cost effective and reliable in terms of yielding unmatched Television and Internet experience.

According to Mr. Savage, Jordan Telecom will be the first country in the region that adopts this technology. The new technology is one of the most advanced services and technologies used in the world. France Telecom has launched this service in 2004, making France the first country in the world that offers TV transmission through ADSL lines. Yet such technologies would have never been made possible had it not been for Jordan Telecom's advanced ICT infrastructure that matches those in advanced countries.

Mr. Samih Toukan then presented Maktoob’s success story. According to Mr. Toukan, the Managing Director, Maktoob is the world’s largest Arab online community with over 3.5 million registered members. Maktoob has captured over 25% of Arab online users as registered members, enabling highly targeted marketing delivery. As for profitability, Maktoob has grown in the last three years despite the Internet industry difficulties and failures. Mr. Toukan then mentioned Maktoob’s constant ability to present innovative products to the market such as ‘CashU’ -a prepaid card for online payment. CashU is a high growth secure payment solution that allows for online payments and micro payments. Mr. Toukan believes that CashU is poised for high growth in the coming years.

To conclude the presentations segment of the breakfast, Ms. Batoul Ajloui, VP Business Development of Integrated Technology Group (ITG) gave a presentation on ITG stating that ITG is a leading Jordanian ICT company with a strong local and International presence and dedicates over 5% of its revenues to R&D. Ms. Ajlouni then highlighted ITG’s latest success story – Eduwave, the e-Learning platform which had recently received the UN World Summit Award in the e-learning category, after being selected from over 800 products in 135 countries. EduWave is the most comprehensive e-learning platform available in the Global marketplace, serving all stakeholders in the learning community. It is a multilingual solution that caters for virtually every aspect of the educational cycle and includes a Learning Management System (LMS), a Content Management System (CMS), an Instructional Management System (IMS) and a Student Information System (SIS).

Ms. Margaret Wilderotter then took center stage, where she commended Jordan’s public-private partnership deeming it as a unique trait, which is not commonly seen around the world. Ms. Wilderotter also commended the three companies who presented their success stories, and suggested various areas of cooperation, particularly in the e-Learning platform - Eduwave, as Microsoft is working with governments in several countries to work on e-learning solutions. Microsoft is already working with approximately 750,000 partners around the world, and is continuously looking for existing platforms to achieve proper e-learning capabilities. Ms. Wilderotter then stated that Microsoft has a great partnership with France Telecom, and can facilitate Jordan Telecom in their projects. She then added that Microsoft has been a committed partner for the long-term with the Jordanian government, the civil society and the communities in supporting ICT skills education and life-long learning through Microsoft programs. “We place the highest value on partnership with the public and the private sectors in the pursuit of the tasks ahead, in building an information society for all the world’s citizen’s so they may have the opportunity to realize their full potential,” said Ms. Wilderotter.

A closing remark was then given by Dr. Fawaz, who mentioned that the Government’s signing of the Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft comes as part of the Partner Framework Agreement that was signed last October between the Government and Microsoft as a result of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s meeting with the Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, at the World Economic Forum last year. The Framework Agreement enabled immediate action on different levels mainly in the area of e-Government, e-Learning and ICT industry development. Under the terms of the broader Framework Partnership Agreement, Microsoft will invest in expertise, training and other resources to co-develop projects in partnership with the e-Government Program at the Ministry of ICT utilizing local partners in the ICT sector.

Amman,16February2004
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