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The software cluster, Lebanon SoftShore, took part again this year in the Gitex exhibition in Dubai.

The manager of the cluster, Mr. Talal Hijazi, representing its president, Mr. Raja Habre, made the necessary contacts there and was able to come back with concrete results.

These results were crowned by the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), one with the Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry (ARIES), and another one with the Serbian Software Cluster, aiming at promoting the development of cooperation between the parties in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

ARIES is the largest and most important trade professional association of the Romanian ICT industry, with over 400 members. It is considered as an important partner both at the national and regional levels for the governmental and non-governmental bodies.

In its 15 years of existence, its involvement was requested within various projects in Romania and abroad and it had developed successful public and private partnerships with ministries like the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Economy and Trade, the Ministry of Finances, the Parliament and local Authorities. As for the Serbian Software Cluster, it is established by nine private Serbian IT companies and two faculties, Universities of Belgrade and Institute Mihailo Pupin.

It has strong support from the Serbian government, especially from the Serbian Ministry of Economy, as well as the chamber of commerce and it acts as a catalyst for selection and definition of key areas of the vision and implementation of the actions associated with them.

The MoUs will insure the exchange of publications, information, and offers and requests for joint ventures, licensing, and identification of partners on a regular basis between the parties.

Thus, MoUs signatories’ will assist and cooperate in organizing supporting, and sponsoring business development.

The cooperation will also include activities such as seminars, conferences and exhibitions held in their respective countries. Moreover, they will facilitate contacts with government and regulatory bodies of each other’s country.

All this will allow the exchange of professional experiences and thus presents a chance for the Lebanese Software Cluster to evolve and prosper.


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