Cisco lays out $61 Million investment plan to accelerate Australia’s digitisation and positively impact the community, business and government
Innovation, Thought Leadership, Digitization
Australia – 26th February 2019 – Cisco today announced a plan to invest of $61 Million AUD over the next three years to help drive Australia’s secure digital transformation, with a focus on inclusive growth, skills development and innovation in industries where Australia is placed to be a global leader in the digital economy.
The Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in Australia will work with government, industry and community organisations to develop and fund projects across four key areas to positively impact the quality of life, help create jobs and support the skills of the emerging workforce, as well as enhancing Australia’s global economic competitiveness:
CDA builds on Cisco’s strong partnerships to help build digital literacy and skills which expand access to quality education, promoting STEM skills across the country, along with multi-year investments in AUSTEM2020, Mentor Me, Women Rock-IT, Girls Power Tech. It also includes the expansion of Cisco’s Co-Innovation Center programs in partnership with selected universities throughout Australia.
“As connectivity and technology have become the foundation for peoples’ economic, social, and cultural opportunities, delivering secure digital transformation with a trusted partner is more important than ever. We are excited for the opportunity to bring the benefits of CDA to Australia’s communities and support their long-term economic growth in an era powered by 5G, IoT, and AI,” said Guy Diedrich, Global Innovation Officer, Cisco.
Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand, Ken Boal said, “Technology has played a key role in boosting socio-economic growth across the world, however, more needs to be done in Australia to keep at the pace of other leading innovative nations. If we don’t invest equally, Australia will run the risk of losing its position near the top of international league tables. Cisco is ready and willing to help Australia keep its place at that top table.”
“By partnering with government, academia and industry to co-innovate in the areas aligned to Australia’s strengths, we have the capability to accelerate change through these investments, leading to an increase in productivity, growth and sustainable long term development, that ultimately improves the digital readiness of Australia.”
CDA forms an element of Cisco’s Country Impact Plan for Australia, which aims to stimulate and create more opportunities for Australia to grow and prosper in the digital era. Australia has a unique combination of strong innovation capability, world class education and research facilities, a skilled workforce and a public and private sector willing to embrace new technologies to help the country compete in the global marketplace.
To learn more about Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program visit https://newsroom.cisco.com/cda
PR Contact: Cori Drogemuller
Head of Communications, Cisco Australia & New Zealand
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