President Sirleaf Dedicates ICT Center - Meets Cisco Executives

Friday, 27th April 2007
Socketworks CEO and President Dr. Aloy Chife makes remarks at the program.
Socketworks CEO and President Dr. Aloy Chife makes remarks at the program.
Photo Credit: James M. Garessen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - One of the World’s leading Software providers, CISCO is to establish an ICT academy in Liberia in the next two months.  CISCO says the establishment of the two centers will be followed by the setting up of nine more centers throughout the country.  

According to an Executive Mansion release, 3-man CICSO delegation made the disclosure Friday, when the group called on the President at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.  CISCO has also promised to establish an ICT Women Learning Center to train women in Information Communications Technology.

The President welcomed the initiative by CISCO and expressed the hope that the ICT provider would identify more means to support other institutions of learning in the country. The meeting comes at the end of a 5-day conference, aimed at drafting a national ICT policy for Liberia.

Meanwhile, a center for Information and Communications Technology has been inaugurated at the Unversity of Liberia, with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pledging government’s support toward the promotion of the technology throughout the country. Describing the moment as a day the University of Liberia stepped into the 21st century, the President spoke of the transformation and potential the technology represents in government’s development objectives.

The President, praised the partnership which has resulted in the establishment of the Center. President Johnson Sirleaf made specific mention of Socket-works, the Private sector arm of the World Bank, which implemented the project, with funding from the Bank. The Liberian leader also praised CISCO networks for providing the hardware for the center, as well as Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Korto and the University of Liberia for their support. The President challenged University students to handle the facilties with care.

The President and CEO of Socketworks, Dr. Aloy Chiefe, said his sector intends to set up ICT centers in more Liberian schools before the end of the year. The Center, estimated at 2-point five million United States dollars will provide access to online libraries, long distance live presentations, and access to information around the world. The University of Liberia ICT center is equipped with about 160 computers.