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UAE’s Anti Software Piracy Stance Could Create 1,000 IT Jobs


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates : 26 April 2010

The UAE Governments pro-active stance in combating software piracy could lead to the creation of an extra 1,000 IT Jobs in the UAE, according to an independent report commissioned by the Business Software Alliance (“BSA”). The report, originally authored in 2009, concluded that a continuation of the UAE governments initiaves to reduce software piracy by a further 10 per cent in the next two years could boost revenues in the IT sector by 1.11 billion Dhirhams and create nearly 1,000 extra IT-related vacancies.

Speaking in relation to ‘World Intellectual Property Day’, the UAE’s Director General of the Ministry of Economy, Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi said that software piracy not only “burdens the region with substantial revenue losses”, but also causes “social and moral threats.”

He continued by congratulating the joint efforts of the Government, the BSA and companies such as Adobe and Microsoft in reducing the UAE’s piracy rate, which is now the lowest in the entire region.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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