[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI Announces New Affiliates in the Middle East

Scott Lamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Fri Feb 1 10:39:18 EST 2008


Linux Professional Institute Announces New Affiliates in the Middle East

(Toronto, Canada: February 1, 2008) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced new affiliates in Egypt, the United Arab
Emirates and Pakistan.

"The network of LPI affiliates continues to grow and is indicative of
the importance of professional standards for the further adoption and
development of Linux and Open Source world wide. We were very successful
last year in recruiting and enabling new partnerships through deliberate
and focused regional discussions. We will continue this effort in 2008,"
said Jim Lacey, President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.
Mr. Lacey pointed out that LPI has doubled the number of its affiliates
and training partners in 2007 (see links below).

Teknow Group Limited (TKG) based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will
be responsible for developing LPI activities in UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia,
Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran as
LPI-Middle East (http://www.lpi.org/middle_east). TEKNOW Group
(http://www.teknowgroup.com) is a group of companies with extensive
expertise and experience in consultancy, training and certification
programs.

“We are very enthusiastic about promoting LPI in the region,” said Feras
Abou Shackra, Managing Partner for TKG. “We see enormous opportunities
for Linux and Open Source in the Middle East--a region experiencing
tremendous growth and high demand for professional certifications and
expertise.”

Dr. Elnaser Abdelwahab of LPI-Egypt (http://www.lpi.org/egypt)also noted
the growing importance of professional Linux certification in the
region: "Egypt is currently on the brink of a new IT era in which more
and more technical knowledge will have to be acquired, developed and
exported. Egypt's role as a major technical provider throughout the
region requires an in-depth knowledge of open source technologies
especially those relying on Linux. LPI's vendor independence makes it a
logical choice for anybody wanting to enhance Linux and Open Source use
in the community." Dr. Abdelwahab is General Manager of Database
Consulting Group of Nasr City-Cairo, Egypt (http://www.dbcon.net) which
will lead the activities of LPI-Egypt.

Representing LPI in Pakistan will be Fouad Riaz Bajwa (see:
http://www.lpipakistan.org/about_lpi_pakistan). Fouad Riaz Bajwa is
well-regarded in Pakistan for his work with that country's Free and Open
Source Software (FOSS) community and for his work promoting FOSS
throughout the South Asian region. Fouad is the co-founder of iFOSSF
International Free and Open Source Software Foundation
(see:http://ifossf.org/) and is an active member of the BytesForAll
South Asia Network (http://www.bytesforall.net/).

"Linux and Open Source Software (OSS) technologies and platforms have
been a core part of Pakistan's IT ecosystem particularly in training
programs at almost all IT faculties in the country's universities as
well as through extensive support for research and development by the
government. With the launch of LPI-Pakistan, local Linux and OSS users
and professionals will now be geared towards obtaining world class
industry recognized skills that will further strengthen Linux and OSS
adoption in the region," said Fouad Riaz Bajwa.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise and professionals and within government and the
educational community. LPI's certification program is delivered
worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the
programs inception, LPI has delivered over 170,000 exams and 53,000+
LPIC certifications around the world.

Other regional announcements of new LPI affiliates and training partners
in the last year include:

LPI Announces New Affiliates in Africa:
http://www.lpi.org/en/lpi/english/about_lpi/news/news/lpi_announces_new_affiliates_in_africa

LPI Announces New Training Partners around the World:
http://www.lpi.org/en/lpi/english/about_lpi/news/news/lpi_announces_new_training_partners_around_the_world

LPI Announces New Affiliates in Europe and Africa:
http://www.lpi.org/en/lpi/english/about_lpi/news/news/lpi_announces_new_affiliates_in_europe_and_africa

LPI Announces New Affiliate: LPI-Central Europe:
http://www.lpi.org/en/lpi/english/about_lpi/news/news/lpi_announces_new_affiliate_lpi_central_europe

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About Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills
on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of
comprehensive, top quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an
international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community,
the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized
global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals while
advancing the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners,
sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities.
LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal,
Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors,
Hewlett-Packard and IDG.

For more information:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
Email: slamberton at lpi.org
Web: http://www.lpi.org
Telephone: +1-416-666-1574


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