Saudi MCIT, Huawei sign MoU to foster innovation, entrepreneurship
By The Saudi Gazette / Zawya
RIYADH — Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, 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 Plan2020. The MoU also establishes an agreement between Huawei and MCIT to further develop its innovation center in the Kingdom to include Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies designed to support Saudi entrepreneurship.
Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, attended the signing ceremony. He was accompanied by Deputy Minister for Technology and Digital Capacities Dr. Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Theneyan, Mark Xue, Vice President of Huawei; Paul Scanlan, CTO, Huawei Technologies; and Dennis Zhang, CEO, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia.
From 2018 to 2020, 1,500 Saudis will undergo training from Huawei in skills related to ICT across the board. Two of the programs, the Future Leaders Program and the National Industrial Training Institute Program, will end with full-time employment for every trainee. Huawei will also provide awareness programs to be delivered through VSIC visits as well as its innovative and effective ICT Skill Competition, which should reach an additional 5,000 students and trainees.
In particular, the further joint developments to Huawei’s existing Customer Solution Integration and Innovation Experience Center (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.
Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha said: “We have successfully 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.