French Minister for Trade to Address Public Sector 'Meeting of Minds' in Stockholm During Nobel Prize Week

Annual Summit -- Hosted by City of Stockholm and Cisco -- to Attract Some 300 International Leaders

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| Source : Cisco Systems, Inc.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 20, 2006 -- The city of Stockholm and Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) today released details of the speakers that have been confirmed so far for the forthcoming Public Services Summit @ Nobel Week 2006, to be held Dec. 8-10 in Stockholm.

--  Christine Lagarde, French minister for trade
--  Kristina Alvendal, Vice Mayor, city of Stockholm
--  Vance Hitch, chief information officer, U.S. Department of Justice
--  Shih Choon Fong, president, Singapore University
--  Gavin Brown, vice chancellor, University of Sydney
--  Wang Qinmin, director, Fujian Science and Technology Bureau, China
--  Rentala Chrandrashakar, joint secretary, e-Governance Indian Ministry
    of Communication & Information Technology
--  José Magalhães, secretary of state for the interior, Portugal
--  Ken Cochrane, federal chief information officer, Canada
--  Geoff Mulgan, former head of Tony Blair's policy/strategy unit
--  Yvon Le Roux, vice president, public sector, Cisco; and Nick Earle,
    vice president, services, Cisco.
    
The Public Services Summit event has been co-hosted for five years by the city of Stockholm and Cisco, and this year it is expected to attract some 300 senior decision makers from around the world. The theme of the summit will be to "inspire, innovate and empower" in creating the society of the future. Kristina Alvendal, the Vice Mayor of Stockholm, will showcase some of the leading online government initiatives that have recently been introduced in the Swedish capital.

"Public sector heads recognize now more than ever the need to exchange information and best practice with counterparts worldwide," says Alvendal. "Co-hosting this event gives us an opportunity not only to demonstrate the technology-enabled advances we are making in Sweden, but also to learn from the many high-profile speakers and attendees who will come here."

Public Services Summit @ Nobel Week 2006 is a networking event where attendees can share issues, views and information openly with peers.

"One of the positive aspects about the meeting is that it allows mutual sharing of experiences in a very confidential atmosphere, people are not obliged to put a positive spin on their situation. They can also discuss problems with others who may be in a position to help," says Yvon Le Roux, Cisco's vice president for the public sector in Europe and emerging markets. "The theme of this event -- Inspire, Innovate and Empower -- will touch on many of the perennial issues for the public sector: how government departments can become more effective, how they can break down the institutional barriers between them, how they can create citizen satisfaction and, last but not least, how to create economic growth through innovation."

About the City of Stockholm

Stockholm is a capital of 760,000 inhabitants. However the service organisation employs 50,000 people and has a revenue of 5.6 Billion USD. The City Council controls the budget and sets the level of taxation based on income tax. Our aim is to facilitate everyday life for the citizens and to make Stockholm Northern Europe's most attractive location for people and businesses looking for quality of life, growth and a vibrating knowledge-based society.

About Cisco Systems

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com. Cisco equipment in Europe is supplied by Cisco Systems International BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Renseignements: For further information, please contact: The City of Stockholm Christer Marking Chairman of the stearing committe christer.marking@stadshuset.stockholm.se Tel: +46 70 472 9376 Cisco Alison Stokes Corporate PR Manager astokes@cisco.com Tel: +44 7796 937465