The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable the national cadre in ICT and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector to push the growth and development of the Kingdom, and achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.
The MoU also establishes an agreement between Huawei and MCIT to further develop its innovation centre in the Kingdom to include artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) technologies designed to support Saudi entrepreneurship.
The further joint developments to Huawei’s existing Customer Solution Integration and Innovation Experience Centre (CSIC) facility will focus on the development and utilization of AI and IoT technologies in enabling the Kingdom’s entrepreneurs.
These investments will allow entrepreneurs to use these platforms to further pursue innovation, as well as to train themselves and their organizations for success as the digital transformation becomes more comprehensive.
“We have signed and carried out significant MoUs with partners in both public and private sectors and non-profit organizations in pursuit of economic diversification, technological advancement and the construction of a knowledge economy. Huawei continues to be an ideal partner in our journey,” said Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
“We are proud of the accomplishments our past MoUs with Huawei have resulted in. We will now strive to accomplish the activities mentioned in this agreement, as it enables us to further empower the Saudi people, and assist them to build a Kingdom that is leading, regionally and globally, when it comes to the frontiers of the digital transformation,” he added.
The MoU follows a number of CSR initiatives launched by Huawei in the Kingdom. Huawei brought its global Seeds for the Future training program to Saudi Arabia three years ago in collaboration with the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in order to develop the next generation of ICT talent.
“We are in a crucial and exciting moment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s journey towards digital transformation. We have long maintained an approach that is designed to assist and enable the Kingdom’s capabilities and enhance their collective knowledge and expertise in all areas of ICT in order to help them achieve their NTP 2020 and Vision 2030 goals,” said Mark Xue, Vice President of Huawei.