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UAE TRA Centre of Innovation Organises "Train the Trainer" Initiative in Cooperation with the RIPE NCC

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The initiative was created by the RIPE NCC and is designed to train and build a diverse pool of highly skilled Arab trainers capable of delivering IPv6 Roadshow workshops in the region. The m-Government Centre of Digital Innovation, CoDI, in coordination with the RIPE NCC, is providing these training courses in order to develop the UAE ICT sector and build national competencies and nurture talent in this area.

The Train the Trainer initiative is the first of its kind to be delivered by the RIPE NCC in the Middle East. The initiative involves 15 trainees from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Palestine. Trainees represent the public sector and private sector companies that provide communications services to end users in addition to a number of students from ICT-specialised universities and colleges.

"In fact, the transition towards IPv6 deployment is an urgent necessity given the growing rate of Internet services users in the UAE in addition to the importance of keeping up with the shift towards providing smart services through mobile devices. Training national talents to enable them to manage this transition and supervise its operations is a crucial strategic requirement that entails nurturing and promoting Emirati competencies in order to succeed in accomplishing this objective," said Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA Director General.

"We are enthusiastic about empowering the local community through the Train The Trainer initiative, which comes within our strategic partnership with the TRA UAE. This step can translate into positive gains in the area of capacity and talent building. The interactive training course provides Arab candidates with a unique opportunity to become professional trainers, providing local and regional trainings for organisations and supporting real knowledge exchange for IPv6 deployment in the Middle East region. This will ensure that knowledge exchange happens by locals for locals," said Paul Rendek, Director of External Relations at the RIPE NCC.

The training sessions are moderated by a RIPE specialised training team with extensive expertise in IPv6 transition and deployment, while the training candidates were selected based on their scientific and academic qualifications. At the end of the training, and after a period of co-training and evaluation, the qualified trainees will receive a Trainer Certificate and will begin providing local and regional trainings for organisations to support their development and growth.